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

For the Lord’s Day 12.25.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Yes, Sunday will be Christmas day according to the calendar!!  But, it will also be the Lord’s Day just like it is every Sunday.  And so, Covenant Church will gather to give Him the worship that He deserves.  Hoping and praying to see you at 2701 N 7th Street.

Hymns for Worship:

#203 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

#457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

#642 Be Thou My Vision

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The Word Became Flesh”

John 1:1-5

1)  The Identity of The Word

2)  The Preexistence of The Word

3)  The Activity of The Word

4)  Some Implications

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 12.18.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I am praying for you!  I hope to see you this coming Lord’s Day.  Our God is worthy.  Let’s gather together and give Him the praise He deserves.

Hymns for Worship:

#208 O Come, All Ye Faithful

#498 Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners!

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand (Minor)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Pray Like This!”

Ephesians 1:15-19

Main IdeaLet us turn from our often weak and worldly prayers in order to learn how to pray according to the more powerful and God-glorifying prayers of Scripture.

1)  Pray with Thanks for the Fruit of the Holy Spirit           (vv 15-16)

a)  Faith in the Lord Jesus

b)  Love Toward All the Saints

2)  Pray for Continued Growth in the Knowledge of God   (vv 17-18a)

3)  Pray to Know These Eternal Truths                                      (vv 18b-19)

a)  The Hope We are Called to

b)  The Riches of His Inheritance

c)  His Great Power at Work in Us

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 12.11.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Ephesians 1:11-14  11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,  12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,  14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Hymns for Worship:

#218 Angels, from the Realms of Glory

#465 Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord

Come Praise and Glorify (Chester and Kauflin, Sovereign Grace)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“To the Praise of His Glory”

Ephesians 1:11-14

Main Idea: The main work of the Holy Spirit in our salvation is to apply to our lives the redemption purchased by Christ. Praise be to God !!

1)  The Holy Spirit was Provided

2)  The Holy Spirit Applies the Redemption Purchased by Christ

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 12.4.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Romans 15:5-6:  “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hymns for Worship:

#203 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

#251 Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Miner)

In Christ Alone (Getty, Townend)

The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“True Love Among the Brethren”

James 5:16-20

Main Idea:  Because of our love for one another in Jesus Christ, we, as the family of God, are committed to reconciling with one another and to also lovingly pursue those who wander from the truth.

1)  Enough Love to Reconcile (vv 16-18)

2)  Enough Love to Pursue Anyone Who Wanders from the Truth (vv 19-20)

May God bless you,

pastor scott