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You're invited to Easter at Highest Praise Church


19 Red Bug RD SW Shallotte, NC 28470

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2024

8:30AM | 10AM | 11:30AM

What to expect!

Welcome Team members wearing red HP Welcome shirts are here to answer any questions and guide you through your visit.

HP Kids offers safe, fun, and impactful experiences for infants to 5th graders.

Snap a picture wearing your Sunday best in one of our Easter photo booths! Even the Easter Bunny will be there!

Grab a cup of free coffee in our cafe before service begins.

Experience dynamic worship, visual storytelling, and an impactful message by Pastor Sherwood Lancaster.

We have a gift for you! Fill out a connect card and stop by the Welcome tent after service.


For your kids!

Easter Experience


GAMES, PRIZES, SNACKS, & FUN for newborn to 5th grade!

Come join us Easter Sunday as we worship the Lord together for the great work He has done on the cross. In our main service, you as the parent will be opening your bibles and engaging in gospel teaching. But it doesn't stop there! Our HP Kids program is a place where your children will be able to enjoy and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on their level. Not to mention, we'll be giving away Easter Eggs and having all kinds of fun together. Jesus is fun!


We hope you and your family will join us this Easter!

For more information about HP Kids, click here. 


Test Drive a Sermon

Check out a sermon before you even arrive:

The Battle Of Containment

The Battle Of Containment

In today's sermon, I explored the theme of discernment and the importance of being in the right place spiritually to hear God's voice clearly. I began by addressing the battle of containment that the enemy wages against us, attempting to constrain us with distractions, hide resources, and blind us to God's purpose for our lives. I emphasized that while the enemy may attack the promise of God in our lives, he cannot stop it. We must recognize that we are called by God and that this calling opens the door to the impossible ([01:19]). I then spoke about internal security, highlighting that Jesus came to do the will of His Father, not to seek the approval of men. This internal security is crucial because it allows us to be secure in who God says we are, rather than being contained by the enemy's lies about our identity ([10:05]). I shared that we all have a calling from God, and by answering that call, we step into the realm of impossibilities made possible through faith ([12:10]). The sermon continued with the story of Peter walking on water, illustrating the importance of responding to Jesus' call, which enables us to do what we could never do on our own. This act of faith by Peter was a demonstration of not being contained by fear or doubt but stepping out in obedience to God's voice ([14:47]). I then discussed the critical difference between condemnation and conviction. The enemy condemns to trap us in despair, while the Holy Spirit convicts to lead us to salvation and abundant life. This distinction is vital in discerning the voices we hear and ensuring we are in the right place with God ([28:02]). I also addressed the current events and the need to hear from God amidst chaos. I urged the congregation to focus on God's voice, not to be swayed by fear or speculation about end times, but to be ready for the rapture, should it come ([17:37]). In the latter part of the sermon, I called for worship that goes beyond praise, entering into a deep reverence for God's holiness. Worship is an acknowledgment of God's otherness, His majesty, and His glory, which leads us into His presence ([30:39]). Finally, I concluded with a call to holiness, emphasizing that as we see God as holy and separate, we too are made holy and separate. This separation allows us to discern God's voice from the enemy's and to step out of any boxes that have been constraining us ([40:48]). Key Takeaways: 1. The enemy's strategy is to contain us, but by recognizing our calling from God, we can overcome these constraints and step into the realm of impossibilities. Our security in God's calling enables us to defy the enemy's attempts to limit us. ([01:19]) 2. Internal security in Christ is foundational for our spiritual journey. Jesus' focus on doing the will of His Father, regardless of human opinion, is a model for us to follow. We must find our identity and security in who God says we are, not in the affirmation of others. ([10:05]) 3. Answering God's call, like Peter did when he stepped out of the boat, opens the door to the impossible. Our faith in God's calling empowers us to do what we could never do on our own, breaking free from the containment of fear and doubt. ([14:47]) 4. Discerning the voice of God is crucial in our walk with Him. Understanding the difference between condemnation and conviction helps us to recognize the Holy Spirit's guidance, leading us to repentance and life, rather than the enemy's lies that lead to despair. ([28:02]) 5. True worship transcends praise; it is a profound recognition of God's holiness and otherness. As we worship, we enter into God's presence, and in His holiness, we find the strength to discern His voice and break free from any constraints the enemy has placed upon us. ([40:48])


In my sermon today, I began by reflecting on the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope it brings to all believers. I recounted the events of the first Easter morning, as described in John chapter 20, where Mary Magdalene discovered the empty tomb and ran to inform Simon Peter and John. I emphasized the detail of the folded napkin found in the tomb, which in Hebrew culture signified that the master was not finished and would return. This symbolized that Jesus was not finished with His work and would indeed come back. I then addressed the congregation, highlighting that there are only two types of people: those who are saved and those who need to be saved. I reassured everyone that no matter how far one has strayed or how unworthy they may feel, Jesus's blood can reach and save anyone who calls upon His name. I reminded them of the universal need for salvation, as all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and that Jesus came not to condemn but to save. I shared the story of Peter, who was bold enough to defend Jesus with a sword but later denied Him three times out of fear. I drew parallels between Peter's denial and our own challenges in standing firm in our faith outside the church walls. I encouraged the congregation to be bold for Christ in all circumstances, just as they are within the church. I also spoke about Jesus's compassion and grace, as seen when He healed the ear of Malchus, the servant of the high priest, after Peter cut it off. This act of Jesus removed any evidence of Peter's offense, symbolizing how Jesus can erase our sins and make us whole again. I recounted how Jesus, after His resurrection, specifically mentioned Peter when instructing Mary Magdalene to tell the disciples of His return. This demonstrated that despite our failures, Jesus still calls us by name and offers us redemption. I concluded the sermon with a call to action, inviting those who felt the need for salvation or restoration to respond to Jesus's invitation. I led the congregation in a prayer of commitment and thanksgiving for the resurrection power that saves and restores us. Key Takeaways: 1. The folded napkin in the tomb is a powerful symbol of Jesus's unfinished work and His promise to return. Just as the master in Hebrew culture would fold the napkin to indicate he was coming back, Jesus's resurrection signifies that He is alive and active in our lives today. We must live with the expectation of His return and the work He continues to do in us. [41:02] 2. Salvation is available to everyone, regardless of past sins or perceived unworthiness. The story of Peter's denial and subsequent restoration reminds us that Jesus's grace is sufficient to cover all our transgressions. We must never believe the lie that we are beyond the reach of God's saving grace. [42:10] 3. Our boldness for Christ should not be limited to the church setting. Peter's initial courage and subsequent denial illustrate the struggle many believers face in standing for their faith in a world that may not share their convictions. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, representing Him boldly in every area of our lives. [48:18] 4. Jesus's act of healing Malchus's ear demonstrates His power to erase the evidence of our sins. No matter what accusations the enemy brings against us, Jesus's sacrifice on the cross has removed the evidence of our guilt. We can live in freedom, knowing that our past mistakes have been forgiven and forgotten by God. [45:28] 5. Jesus personally calls each of us by name, even when we have failed Him. His specific mention of Peter after the resurrection is a testament to His personal love and desire for relationship with each of us. No matter how far we have strayed, Jesus is calling us back to Him, ready to restore and use us for His glory. [50:22] Pastor Sherwood Lancaster Available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Facebook: Instagram: TikTok |
Hosanna, It's Time!

Hosanna, It's Time!

In today’s message, we delved into the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, drawing parallels between the biblical narrative and our own spiritual journey. We examined the account of Jesus at Bethany, where Mary anointed His feet with costly perfume, signifying her deep worship and the preparation for His burial. This act of devotion was a response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing the importance of being attuned to God's voice. We also considered the story of the man who provided the donkey for Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. This man's willingness to give what was precious to him demonstrated the transformative power of obedience. The donkey, once an ordinary animal, became part of a pivotal moment in history, illustrating how God can use our offerings for His glory. Furthermore, we discussed the concept of blessings in increments of thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold, encouraging us not to settle for initial blessings but to pursue the fullness of what God has in store for us. We were reminded that God's first thought about us is complete and that He has a detailed plan for our lives. As we give to the Lord, whether it be our resources, time, or talents, we do so with the expectation that He will use them to further His kingdom. We were encouraged to trust in God's detailed plan and to act in obedience when the Holy Spirit prompts us, knowing that our actions have eternal significance. Key Takeaways: - Obedience to God's prompting is not just about the act itself but about the willingness to trust in His greater plan. When we give to God what we hold dear, He can use it to bring about change that extends beyond our understanding. Our obedience can lead to blessings that we could never have anticipated. [01:15:58 ] - The story of Mary anointing Jesus' feet is a powerful reminder to listen for the Holy Spirit's guidance. In a world filled with noise and distractions, it is crucial to cultivate a spiritual sensitivity that allows us to discern when and how to act upon God's direction. This sensitivity can lead us to moments of profound worship and service. [59:52 ] - God's detailed knowledge of our lives is a source of comfort and a call to action. Just as Jesus knew the location of the donkey, He knows where we are and what we are capable of. This knowledge is an invitation to step into the roles He has prepared for us, trusting that He has need of us for His divine purposes. [01:10:48 ] - The principle of the thirty, sixty, and hundredfold blessings teaches us not to become complacent with initial successes or spiritual experiences. God always has more in store for us, and our spiritual growth should be a continual pursuit of deeper intimacy and greater revelation of His presence. [01:18:43 ] - Generosity towards God's work is not a one-way transaction. When we give to God, whether it be our possessions, time, or love, He enriches these gifts and returns them to us in a new form, often with increased value and significance. This divine exchange is a testament to the principle that it is more blessed to give than to receive. [01:24:02 ] Pastor Sherwood Lancaster Available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Facebook: Instagram: TikTok |
The Cross

The Cross

In today's sermon, I explored the profound significance of the cross and its central role in Christian faith. The cross is not merely a symbol of our salvation; it is a memorial of the covenant cut by God's Son for us. Just as in the Old Testament, when a covenant was cut, a tree was planted as a living reminder of that agreement, the cross stands as a reminder of the new covenant in Christ's blood. It signifies that our sins are forgiven, and we are made one with Him. I delved into the message of the cross as described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18, where he contrasts the perception of the cross between believers and unbelievers. To those who are perishing, the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. This dichotomy highlights the transformative power of faith and the importance of preaching the cross to a lost and dying world. Salvation is both positional and progressive. While we are saved and our eternal position is secure in Christ, the process of sanctification is ongoing. God is continually working within us, shaping us to be more like Him. This journey of faith is not static but dynamic, reflecting the living nature of our relationship with God. I also touched on the human condition of brokenness and sin, emphasizing that we are all born into a state of rebellion and alienation from God. It is only through the cross that we can be reconciled to Him. The cross is necessary because it is the only means by which we can be restored to a right relationship with God. Our own efforts and comparisons to others are futile; it is only through Christ's sacrifice that we are made whole. The sermon concluded with a call to remember the power of the cross, especially as we approach the Resurrection season. We are reminded that our faith is based on the belief that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, defeating death and sin. This belief is not just a historical fact but a present reality that empowers us to live victoriously in Christ. Key Takeaways: - The cross is a memorial of the new covenant, a constant reminder that through Jesus' sacrifice, we are forgiven and brought into God's family. This understanding transforms our view of the cross from a mere religious symbol to a personal testament of God's love and grace. [01:05:21] - Salvation is both a completed status and an ongoing process. While we are positionally secure in Christ from the moment of salvation, the work of sanctification is progressive. This dual nature of salvation encourages us to live with assurance while also striving for spiritual growth. [01:02:45] - The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. This contrast challenges us to look beyond human wisdom and to embrace the divine wisdom found in the apparent weakness of Christ's crucifixion. [01:02:09] - Our brokenness and sinfulness cannot be remedied by our own efforts or moral comparisons. It is only through acknowledging the necessity of the cross and the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice that we find true healing and restoration. [01:16:26] - The cross is central to our faith, not only as the pivotal event in human history but as the daily power source for our Christian walk. It is through the cross that we find strength in our weaknesses and hope in our trials, as it represents the ultimate expression of God's strength made perfect in weakness. [01:12:33] Pastor Sherwood Lancaster Available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Facebook: Instagram: TikTok |
Know The Truth

Know The Truth

In today's sermon, we explored the profound truths of the Christian faith, focusing on the parable of the sower and the nature of true discipleship. We began with a call to worship, acknowledging God's sufficiency and faithfulness in our lives. We recognized that no matter our distractions or worries, God is always enough. We delved into the parable of the sower from Luke 8, where Jesus speaks to a multitude about a sower who scatters seed on different types of soil. This parable illustrates the various responses to God's Word. Some seed fell by the wayside and was trampled, representing those who hear the Word but do not truly receive it. Other seed fell on rock, sprang up quickly, but withered due to lack of moisture, symbolizing those who initially receive the Word with joy but fall away in times of testing. Seed that fell among thorns was choked out, depicting those who are overwhelmed by life's cares and riches. Finally, seed that fell on good ground represents those who hear the Word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a crop. We also addressed the importance of understanding and living by the truth of God's Word, rather than being led by our desires. We discussed how our society often chooses to believe what is convenient or desirable rather than seeking the truth. This can lead to a superficial faith that lacks depth and resilience. The sermon emphasized the cost of discipleship, as Jesus taught that following Him might require us to prioritize Him above all else, even our closest relationships. We were reminded that true discipleship is not about casual association with Christ but about a deep, committed relationship that may seem radical to others. We concluded with a time of child dedication, where we blessed the children and their families, committing them to the Lord and praying for their growth in faith and wisdom. We also prayed for the offerings, thanking God for the generosity of the congregation and asking for His guidance in using the funds to advance His kingdom. Key Takeaways: - The parable of the sower challenges us to examine the condition of our hearts and how we receive God's Word. Are we allowing the Word to take deep root in our lives, or are we content with a superficial faith that is easily uprooted? [49:33] - True discipleship requires a radical commitment to Christ that surpasses all other loyalties. This commitment may be misunderstood by others, but it is the path to genuine transformation and fruitfulness in our spiritual lives. [26:58] - Our society often values desire over truth, leading to a distorted understanding of God's standards. As followers of Christ, we must seek the truth of God's Word and allow it to shape our beliefs and actions, even when it contradicts popular opinion. [27:57] - The act of child dedication is not only a commitment by the parents but also a reminder to the church community of our collective responsibility to nurture and guide the next generation in the ways of the Lord. [31:14] - Our offerings are an expression of our obedience and trust in God. As we give, we participate in the work of the kingdom and witness the advancement of the Gospel through the faithful stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. [28:50] Pastor Sherwood Lancaster Available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Facebook: Instagram: TikTok |
Driven By Hunger

Driven By Hunger

In today's message, we explored the profound truth that our spiritual hunger is a divine catalyst for movement towards God's promises and purposes for our lives. We delved into the reality that every person has an innate desire to know God, as eternity has been placed in our hearts. This hunger is not a sign of emptiness but a powerful motivator that propels us towards a deeper relationship with the Lord.We examined the life of the Apostle Paul, who, despite his dramatic encounter with Christ, continually yearned to know God more intimately. This same hunger should resonate within each believer, urging us to shake off complacency and pursue God with relentless passion.We were reminded that God has a plan for each of us—a plan for healing, prosperity, and soundness of mind. To access the fullness of these plans, we must be willing to move from where we are, driven by our hunger for God. Complacency is the enemy of our spiritual progress, and choosing not to move is akin to digging our own graves.The story of the prodigal son illustrated how our misguided hungers can lead us to squander our inheritance on worldly desires. Yet, when we come to our senses and return to our Father, He meets us with open arms, ready to restore us to our rightful place in His house.We also looked at the four lepers outside the city gates in 2 Kings 7, who, despite their dire circumstances, decided to move. Their hunger drove them to discover the abandoned camp of the Syrians, filled with provisions. This teaches us that as we move in obedience to God, He moves with us, often providing surprises and blessings along the way.Finally, we were encouraged to be like the laborers in Proverbs 16:26, whose hunger drives them forward. Our spiritual hunger should lead us to take action, to move beyond our comfort zones, and to trust that God will provide as we step out in faith. Key Takeaways: Spiritual hunger is a divine instigator, urging us to seek more of God today than we did yesterday. It is a sign of life and spiritual vitality, not emptiness. As we recognize this hunger, we must allow it to propel us into action, moving towards the fulfillment of God's promises for our lives. [01:39] Complacency is a dangerous state that can lead to spiritual death. We must resist the temptation to settle for the familiar and comfortable. Instead, we should embrace the discomfort that comes with growth and change, trusting that God's plans for us are far greater than our current circumstances. [15:56] The story of the prodigal son teaches us that our Father in heaven is always ready to meet us with grace and restoration. When we turn from our worldly hungers and move towards Him, He runs to us with open arms, eager to bring us back into fellowship with Him. [17:47] God's provision often awaits our movement. Like the lepers who decided to take a risk and move towards the enemy's camp, we too may find that our steps of faith lead us to unexpected blessings and provisions that God has prepared for us. [11:36] Our spiritual hunger should not only lead us to personal breakthroughs but also compel us to share the good news with others. As we experience God's freedom and satisfaction, we are called to spread this hope to those around us, impacting our communities and beyond. [36:30] Pastor Sherwood Lancaster Available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Facebook: Instagram: TikTok |

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