Check Your Heart (Series)

By Michael Catt

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Clean Hands, Clean Hearts
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Life's Most Liberating Truth
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No letter in the New Testament demands a close examination of our hearts like 1 John. This beloved disciple of Jesus focuses on the essentials of the faith and how we can know that we have eternal life. All the evidences of salvation are present tense. This is not about a “hope so” salvation or a decision you made in the past that you can't recall – this is a look in the mirror to check your heart. The Word of God runs a probe into every corner of our spiritual heart to show us where sin or self is cutting off the flow of the life of Christ through us. John clearly contrasts what the life of the believer should look like versus the imitations of the world or the facade of religion and church membership. By the time we are through with this series, you should know without a doubt if you are a Christ follower.

Sermon Passages:

Clean Hands, Clean Hearts - I John 1:3-9 (Notes)
Life's Most Liberating Truth - 1 John 2:1-2 (Notes)

Michael Catt

Michael has served as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1989. The church has 3,000 members and has averaged one hundred baptisms each year. Thousands have joined the church from Albany and 29 surrounding communities. The church has changed from a neighborhood church to a regional, multi-ethnic congregation with members from eleven nations. Sherwood has three campuses covering 130-plus acres—the main church campus, the lower school campus and the upper school campus. The 82-acre sports complex, Legacy Park, is currently being developed with tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, equestrian center, fishing pond, pavilion and other facilities to reach the community through sports and recreation. “Path to Truth,” the weekly broadcast of Sherwood’s services, is seen in over ninety markets around the country and is also available on the web and via podcast at

Michael’s life verse: “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) Michael’s vision statement: “Whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.”

Michael holds degrees from Mississippi College, Luther Rice Bible College and Seminary and Trinity Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile in 2010.

Michael and his wife Terri have been married since 1974. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.

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