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

For the Lord’s Day 5.28.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Many of us have very busy summers out ahead of us.  I know of celebrations, travel, job changes, moving from one house to another, etc…  In the midst of it all let us keep first things first!!  We are God’s people.  We are not our own, we were bought with a price!!  We are to glorify God in all things.  So, whether we eat, drink, run, cry, fall, rejoice, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Hymns for Worship:

#296 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Jesus, Lover of My Soul (Words: Wesley.  Music: Greg Thompson)

Abide With Me (Words: Lyte, Smith.  Music: Justin Smith)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Lord of the Storm”

Mark 4:35-41

1)  What is happening in the story?

2)  Why are the disciples in the storm?

3)  What is the purpose of the storms in our lives?

4)  What should the storms in our lives produce in us?

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 5.14.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“We have been forewarned that an enemy relentlessly threatens us, an enemy who is the very embodiment of rash boldness, of military prowess, of crafty wiles, of untiring zeal and haste, of every conceivable weapon and of skill in the science of warfare.  We must, then, bend our every effort to this goal: that we should not let ourselves be overwhelmed by carelessness or faintheartedness, but on the contrary, with courage rekindled stand our ground in combat.”

– John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1960, pp. 173.

Hymns for Worship:

#92 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (based on Psalm 46)

Jesus’ Precious Blood (words: William Irons, music: Clint Wells)

#571 Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Strength For The Fight”

Ephesians 6:10-17

Main Idea:  The Lord strengthens His people by the power of the gospel to stand against the schemes of the devil.

1)  You Need The Lord’s Strength

2)  You Have An Enemy, The Devil

3)  You Must Acknowledge The Fight

4)  Therefore, Put Your Gospel Armor On

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 4.23.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam, not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him; under his arm to be protected and near his heart to be beloved.” — Matthew Henry

Hymns for Worship:

#235 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand (RUF Miner)

#264 Jesus, Keep Me near the Cross

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Marriage: The Illustration of Christ and His Church”

Ephesians 5:22-33

Main Idea:  The Holy Spirit equips Christians to fulfill their roles in marriage as we dwell upon the loving and responsible care of Jesus Christ for His beloved Church.

1)  Christian Wives Submitting as to The Lord (vv 22-24)

2)  Christian Husbands Loving as Christ Loved the Church (vv 25-30)

3)  Christian Husbands and Wives United in Christ (vv 31-33)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 4.16.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

1 Corinthians 15:3-4   “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

Hymns for Worship:

#277 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Arise, My Soul, Arise (Words: Wesley, Music: Twit)

#650 I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“He Has Risen!”

Matthew 28:1-10

Main Idea:  Because Jesus has risen from the dead, Christians have a sure hope, a life-changing message, and a great joy.

1)  Jesus Is Our Hope (vv 1-4)

2)  Jesus Is Our Message (vv 5-7)

3)  Jesus Is Our Joy (vv 8-10)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 4.9.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Jesus said to His followers:  “You are the salt of the earth.”

“Salt does no good at all if it has lost its saltiness. Only when it is salty is it effective. So, if we are those in whom the Spirit of God has worked to call us to faith in Jesus Christ, we must really be Christ’s people. It must be evident that by his grace we are not what we were previously. Our values must not be the world’s values. Our commitments must not be secular commitments. Our theology must not be a decimated theology. Rather, there must be a new element in us and, because of us, in the world.”

– James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of The Christian Faith, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1986, pp. 687.

Hymns for Worship:

#168 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

#486 God, Be Merciful to Me (from Psalm 51:1-15)

Spririt, Strength of All the Weak (Words: Pollock, Music: Miner)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Walk This Way”

Ephesians 5:7-21

Main Idea:  The Holy Spirit of God is continuously at work in us to strengthen us with power so that we might live for God’s glory in this fallen world.

1)  Walk as Children of Light (vv 7-14)

2)  Walk in the Wisdom of God (vv 15-17)

3)  Walk by The Spirit (vv 18-21)

May God bless you,

pastor scott