For the Lord’s Day 3.26.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Praise God that where His Holy Spirit dwells there is growth in grace.  The promise is that sin will no longer have dominion over us, but will more and more be weakened and killed as we live by the Spirit.  “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Cor 7:1)

Hymns for Worship:

O Great God (Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell)

#500 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Miner)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Putting On the New Self”

Ephesians 4:25-32

Main Idea:  Because of who we are in Christ, we seek to live in a manner that is consistent with our profession of faith in Christ by putting off sinful behavior and by putting on behavior that brings glory to God.

1)  Speaking Truth (v 25)

2)  Being Angry (vv 26-27)

3)  Working to Share (v 28)

4)  Building Others Up (v 29)

5)  Repenting of Sins (vv 30-31)

6)  Forgiving Others (v 32)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 3.19.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

There will always be areas of our lives where we continue to struggle with sin.  But, God’s grace is real and the gracious work of the Holy Spirit in our lives does bring about change.  Our Father in heaven does not leave us as we are but He promises to conform (change) us more into the image of His Son.  Sometimes the change is slower and sometimes faster.  Come and hear more about it this Sunday at Covenant!!

Hymns for Worship:

#598 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

#507 Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Come Praise and Glorify (Tim Chester and Bob Kauflin)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“How Can We Change?”

Ephesians 4:17-24

Main Idea:  Real change is possible in our lives due to the gospel of grace and its results.

1)  By identifying how life is without Christ

2)  By knowing and believing the Gospel

3)  By resting in the effects of the Gospel

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 3.12.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Spiritual gifts is always an interesting topic.  There are a number of lists of these gifts in the Scriptures.  We are going to look at one of those lists this week in Ephesians 4, but most of our time will be spent on the Source and the purpose of these spiritual gifts.  Hope to see YOU this Lord’s Day for worship!!

Hymns for Worship:

#88 With Grateful Heart My Thanks I Bring (from Psalm 138)

#156 O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

#457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Gifts of Grace Given”

Ephesians 4:7-16

Main Idea:  Jesus Christ gifts each and every one of us in a special way in order to build and grow the whole Church.

1)  Given to Each One of Us (v 7)

2)  Given by Our Triumphant King (vv 8-10)

3)  Given for Ministry in the Church (vv 11-13)

4)  Given for Growth in the Church (vv 14-16)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 3.5.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

1 Corinthians 13:1-3  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

Hymns for Worship:

O Day of Rest and Gladness (Miner)

#498 Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!

#423 According to Thy Gracious Word

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Life in the New Family”

Ephesians 4:1-7

1)  It is a response to the grace of God

2)  It is to enjoy diversity on the basis of true unity

3)  It is a radical and new way of living

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 2.26.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

If you are like me you can always use some guidance and encouragement in your prayer life.  Take a look at the sermon outline below.  I hope and pray that this passage of Scripture will encourage you to pray for these things in your own life and for all of us at Covenant.  See you at the worship service this Sunday!

Hymns for Worship:

#369 Shout for the Blessed Jesus Reigns

Blessed Are All They – Psalm 1 (Nathan C. George)

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Miner)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Ask Your Father”

Ephesians 3:14-21

Main Idea:  Let us ask Father for more spiritual growth.

1)  We Can Be Confident in Prayer

2)  So Ask for More Inner Strength

3)  So Ask for More of Christ Within

4)  So Ask for More Love

5)  So Ask for More of the Fullness of God

6)  Father Will Do It

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 2.19.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

1 Peter 2:9-10  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Hymns for Worship:

#441 Jesus Shall Reign

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

O Great God (Ortega and Powell)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The Ministry of the Church”

Ephesians 3:1-13

1)  The ministry of the church is a divine commission or charge

2)  The ministry of the church is the proclamation of the gospel of grace

3)  The ministry of the church is to reflect the wisdom of God

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 2.12.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Please keep in mind that we will have a brief congregational meeting after the worship service this Sunday.  We will have a 10 minute break between the service and the meeting.  We encourage all members to attend.

Hymns for Worship:

Hail to The Lord’s Anointed (Indellible Grace)

Abide With Me (Justin Smith)

#342 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Remember Who You Are In Christ”

Ephesians 2:19-22

Main Idea:  Our God in Christ has brought us into His kingdom to make us into a holy people as He prepares us for His eternal dwelling place.

1)  Fellow Citizens with The Saints

2)  Members of The Household of God

3)  Built on The Revelation of God

4)  Joined and Growing Together into a Holy Temple

5)  Being Built Together into a Dwelling Place for God

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 2.5.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

There are two new adult Sunday School classes beginning this week at 9:30 AM. Elder Tim is beginning a study through the New Testament letter of 2 Peter. Pastor Scott is beginning the “Inquirers’ Class” which is for those wanting to know more about the history, theology, and membership at Covenant Church. If you are not currently participating in the Sunday School program please consider taking advantage of these extra opportunities to learn more about the Lord through the study of His Word.

Hymns for Worship:

#2 O Worship the King (based on Psalm 104)
#455 And Can It Be that I Should Gain
#469 How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place
The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The Message of The Cross”
Ephesians 2:14-18

Main Idea: The peace that humanity desperately needs is the peace that Jesus Christ gained on the cross.

1) The Message of the Cross continues to Accomplish its Purpose
2) The Message of the Cross continues to Produce God’s Idea

May God bless you,
pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 1.29.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

South Texas Presbytery has it’s quarterly meeting this Friday and Saturday in Bryan, TX.  A few of us will be leaving early Friday morning and will not be back until Saturday evening.  We would appreciate your prayers for our travel and the meeting.  If the Lord wills… we will see you Sunday morning for worship!

Hymns for Worship:

#111 This is My Father’s World

Psalm 6 – Gently, Gently (Nathan Clark George)

Psalm 103:11-13 (Trinity Psalter)

#648 My Jesus, I Love Thee

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Brought Near From Far Away”

Ephesians 2:11-13

Main Idea:  Let us never forget from how far away our God has brought us in Christ.

1)  You Were Lost and Far From God (vv 11-12)

  1.   You Were Uncircumcised
  2.   You Were Separated from Christ
  3.   You Were Alienated from God’s People
  4.   You Were Strangers to the Covenants
  5.   You Had No Hope
  6.   You Were Without God

 

2)  You Are Now In Christ (v 13)

  1.  Brought Near
  2.  By The Blood

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 1.22.17

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“When God regenerates a soul, He brings him into light, causing him to see that his misery consists in being separated from God, in not being conformed to Him, and in being subject to His wrath.  He also causes him to see that all his salvation, delight, enjoyment, and bliss consists in seeing God, having Him as a reconciled God, living in fellowship with Him, and loving and fearing Him.”

Wilhelmus á Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Soli Deo Gloria Publications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994, Vol. 2, pp. 237.

Hymns for Worship:

#101 Come, Thou Almighty King

Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Christopher Miner)

Let us Love and Sing and Wonder (Laura Taylor)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Such a Great Salvation”

Ephesians 2:4-10

Main IdeaThe biblical teaching of salvation by grace through faith in Christ is one of the core doctrines of reformed Christianity. When by the help of the Holy Spirit people understand their natural and terrible spiritual condition, they are ready to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ.

1)  How?

2)  Outcome

3)  Fruits

May God bless you,

pastor scott