For the Lord’s Day 8.13.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Pastor Gama and I will be traveling up to San Antonio tomorrow (Friday, Aug 11) for our quarterly meeting with South Texas Presbytery.  We should be back Saturday evening.  We look forward to seeing all of you for the worship service this coming Lord’s Day.

Hymns for Worship:

#286 Worship Christ, the Risen King!

Before the Throne of God Above (Bancroft, Cook)

#465 Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The God Who Sees, The God Who Hears”

Genesis 16

1)  Trusting in God vs. Trusting Ourselves (vv 1-3)

2)  Consequences of Trusting Ourselves instead of Trusting in God (vv 4-6)

3)  Trusting the God of Grace (vv 7-16)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.6.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Hello All… I hope to see you for worship this week.  Let us come ready to worship and praise our Lord.  He is worthy of our praise.  Let us come ready to meet with Him and to gather at his table for communion.

Hymns for Worship:

#363 We Gather Together

#307 Nothing but the Blood

In Christ Alone (Getty, Townend)

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Trusting Him Who Is Trustworthy”

Genesis 15

Main Idea:  The Lord gives us every reason to trust that He will fulfill His promises.

1)  The Lord’s Promise of Offspring (vv 1-6)

2)  The Lord’s Promise of Land (vv 7-11)

3)  The Lord’s Prophecy of Offspring in the Land (vv 12-16)

4)  The Lord Makes a Covenant with Abram (vv 17-21)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.30.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I wish there was a movie based on Genesis 14!!!  What a story!!!  Anyway, you can hear a sermon about it this Sunday.  I am praying that you will come and worship the Most High God, Possessor of heaven and earth!!!

Hymns for Worship:

#2 O Worship the King

#679 ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

#310 Rejoice, the Lord Is King

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Faith Before the Face of a King”

Genesis 14

Main Idea:  Faith that leads to a life of service and worship to our victorious God Most High.

1)  Lot Taken Captive (vv 1-12)

2)  Abram Rescues His Kinsman Lot (vv 13-16)

3)  The King of Salem Offers a Blessing (vv17-20)

4)  The King of Sodom Offers the Plunder (v 21)

5)  Abram’s Faith Shines Brightly (vv 22-24)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.23.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I missed all of you last Lord’s Day.  My family and I were away to attend a family member’s wedding in Lampasas.  It was refreshing for us and we appreciate the time to get away, but we are glad to be back.  We look forward to seeing you again this Lord’s Day.  Let’s all prepare our hearts to come and worship together.

Hymns for Worship:

#16 Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (Psalm 98)

Psalm 14 (Nathan Clark George)

#97 We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Standing On The Promises of God”

Genesis 13

Main Idea:  We are daily learning to trust the Lord and to keep our hearts set upon the promises of His eternal kingdom.

1)  God’s Grace Brings Us Back (vv 1-4)

2)  Another Test of Faith (vv 5-7)

3)  A Humble Solution (vv 8-9)

4)  A Foolish Choice (vv 10-13)

5)  God Assures Us of His Promises (vv 14-18)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.9.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

1)  We got started again in the book of Genesis last week.  We will continue this week with Genesis 12:4-9.  See the sermon outline below.

2)  Pastor Gama did not finish his General Assembly report last Wednesday evening so be ready for Part II next Wednesday evening, July 12.

Hymns for Worship:

#76 Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven (from Psalm 103)

#460 Amazing Grace!

#600 He Leadeth Me:  O Blessed Thought

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight”

Genesis 12:4-9

Main Idea:  How the faith that we share with Father Abraham is worked out in our lives by the grace of God.

1)  Our Faith Responds to God’s Call

2)  Our Faith Impacts Others for God

3)  Our Faith is Strengthened by God

4)  Our Faith Worships God

5)  Our Faith Perseveres by the Grace of God

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.2.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

As a reminder, here is what is happening at Covenant this coming week:

July 2:  Our missionaries to Honduras, John and Kathy Clow, will be with us for worship.  Come and hear what the Lord is doing in Honduras during our church-wide Sunday School hour beginning at 9:30 AM.  You can also check out this site:  http://www.mtwlaceiba.org/

Ice Cream:  On Sunday evening from 7-9 PM we will gather on the church grounds for ice cream and fellowship.  Bring a gallon or two of your favorite ice cream.  The Church will provide toppings and extras.

July 4:  Church-wide get together at the O’Brien’s place beginning at 5:30 PM.  The address is 22689 Cragon Rd.

General Assembly Report:  Pastor Gama and Elder Tim will give the General Assembly Report this next Wednesday evening, July 5, beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hymns for Worship:

#7 From All That Dwell below the Skies (based on Psalm 117)

#642 Be Thou My Vision

#423 According to Thy Gracious Word

The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Divine Agenda”

Genesis 12:1-3

1)  Divine Grace

2)  Obedience as the Evidence of Divine Grace

3)  Divine Blessing

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.25.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We have a couple of events coming up very soon.  Please mark them on your calendar.  More details are forthcoming this Sunday, June 25, at the worship service.

July 1-3:  Our missionaries to Honduras, John and Kathy Clow, will be with us for the weekend.  Come and hear what the Lord is doing in Honduras during our church-wide Sunday School hour on July 2.  I think there will also be something happening with ice cream that evening.  Also, you can check out this site:  http://www.mtwlaceiba.org/

July 4:  Church-wide get together at the O’Brien’s place in the evening.

TBA:  Pastor Gama and Elder Tim will give the General Assembly Report on an upcoming Wednesday evening.  More information forthcoming.

Hymns for Worship:

#101 Come, Thou Almighty King

#693 Blessed Assurance

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand (Miner)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled”

John 14:1-14

Main Idea:  Jesus alone is our sure way through the troubles of this life and onward to our Father’s House.

1)  Jesus Is The Way To The Father’s House (vv 1-7)

2)  Jesus Shows Us The Father (vv 8-11)

3)  Jesus Works Now Through Us (vv 12-14)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.18.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

The following is a quote from Ray Stedman:

“The world lives by what it thinks is truth, by values and standards which are worthless, but which the world esteems highly.  Jesus said, ‘What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God’ (Lk. 16:15)… How can we live in that kind of a world–touch it and hear it, having it pouring into our ears and exposed to our eyes day and night, and not be conformed to its image and squeezed into its mold? The answer is, we must know the truth.  We must know the world and life the way God sees it, the way it really is.  We must know it so clearly and strongly that even while we’re listening to these alluring lies we can brand them as lies and know that they are wrong.”

– James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian FaithIntervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1986, pp. 580.

Hymns for Worship:

#580 Lead on, O King Eternal

#485 O Thou That Hear’st When Sinners Cry

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Truth and Error”

1 John 4:1-6

Main Idea:  Christians are led by the Spirit of God in discerning truth from error.

1)  Christians Don’t Believe Everything (v 1)

2)  Christians Ask Hard Questions (vv 2-3)

3)  Christians Have Overcome False Teaching (vv 4-5)

4)  Christians Believe The Bible (v 6)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.11.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I am running late on the post this week.  We just got back from Middle School Summer Youth Camp in Hawkins, TX last night!  It was a great time.  Looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow to worship our God together!

Hymns for Worship:

#302 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

#253 There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

#719 A Christian Home

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Children of The Kingdom of Heaven”

Matthew 19:13-15

Main Idea:  The importance of bringing our children to Jesus.

1)  Bring the Children

2)  Welcome the Children

3)  Jesus Love the Little Children

4)  Jesus Blesses the Little Children

5)  To Such Belongs the Kingdom of Heaven

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.4.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Are Satan, the world, and the flesh, all against you?  Be not discouraged nor dismayed.  Fight on!  For God Himself is with you; Jehovah Nissi is your banner, and Jehovah Rophi is the healer of your wounds.  Fear not, you shall overcome, for who can defeat Omnipotence?  Fight on, ‘looking unto Jesus;’ and though long and stern be the conflict, sweet will be the victory, and glorious the promised reward.”

-Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Hymns for Worship:

#295 Crown Him With Many Crowns

#461 Not What My Hands Have Done

Behold the Lamb (Getty, Townend)

The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Food For Life”

John 6:22-29

Main Idea:  Christians seek Jesus by faith for He alone is the food that leads to eternal life.

1)  Seeking For Perishables (vv 22-26)

2)  Laboring For What Is Eternal (v 27)

3)  Believing In Jesus (vv 28-29)

May God bless you,

pastor scott