Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sawgrass Community Church

Church Field Trip #11

If first impressions are derived from the website experience, then this might be the worst yet. It was all I could go to figure out when the service time was, from the website that seems like it is set up for church members only. The church is located in a corporate park, much like Solera, and was almost impossible to find. If there was ever a church that needed a parking team, this was it; they didn't have one. They are in the Shenandoah area of Davie.

The worship was classic 90's contemporary, with a slight feminine flare. I'm not one of those conspiracy theorists who believe that the modern church has been overrun by feminine taste - but if I were, this church could be at the top of the heap. It might've had something to do with the abundance of fresh flowers, the pink silk backdrop, or the ankle-length pink-flowered dresses on the 3 women leading worship. During the offering, the band performed "Welcome Home" without the 3 singers and there was a noticed improvement, at least for my tastes. It was almost painful watching the women prod the congregation to clap along with the music to no avail.

Sawgrass Community Church has been in existence since 1989, Terry Bernard has been the pastor there since 1998, and the church has been in the corporate park for the past three years.

Like Plantation Baptist, the Pastor managed to deliver the Gospel during the opening prayer, and then proceeded to drill it in throughout the entire sermon. They are mid-way through a year-long walk through the four Gospels. He referenced Luke 4:16-21, as well as Isaiah 61:1 and Leviticus 25:8-10.

Here are some notable excerpts from the sermon:

"The Gospel is the fulfillment of Old Testament scripture."

"We are all poor, blind, oppressed, and imprisoned, but we aren't willing to admit it."

"Salvation only begins when you understand that you are a sinner - that you are spiritually poor, blind, oppressed and imprisoned."

"Jesus came to free you from bondage and captivity."

"We are blind to the truth of how ugly our sin is to a Holy God."

"Most of us believe, deep down, that mankind is basically good, and that we can earn our way into heaven."

"I don't see anyone telling us about our need for a saviour. That is not a popular message."

A gift bag was given to first time visitors that included a coffee mug, a magnet, a few chocolates, a cross pin, a pocket New Testament, and a $5 Starbucks gift card.

But wait, there's more! On our way home, we decided to pull a double header and hit one more church that day. So stay tuned to the next post....


Revolutionite said...

You know, I really wanted to go to church this past weekend, but couldn't settle on where to attend. I think I'm glad I didn't call you guys, think I'm glad I missed this one.

Jeff Barnes said...

Lew. Thanks for visiting SCC. It's hard to take a step back and review what's going on. Sometimes it feels like your on an island and have no base-line to judge yourself. I appreciate people like yourself that will come and give a fresh, unbiased impression. Better yet, put it on paper (or a screen). I agree on most of your observations. The pastor truly wants anyone walking through that door (beliver or not) to feel welcomed and comfortable. He also wants them to leave recharged and know that they have a family to come back to. One thing we are not is stagnant. We are continually changing up things a trying out new ones. Hopefully for the better.

Please come back for another visit (wether you're blogging or not). I hear you're near by.

By the way, I wouldn't have known anything about you if I hadn't read about you in the Sentinel. Did you know they still make newspapers?

Template Designed by Douglas Bowman - Updated to Beta by: Blogger Team
Modified for 3-Column Layout by Hoctro