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

For the Lord’s Day 11.27.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Hope your Thanksgiving Day was filled with much thanksgiving unto the Lord for He is worthy and worthy to be praised.  I also hope and pray to see you this Lord’s Day for the divine service of worship to our King!!

Hymns for Worship:

#195 Joy To The World! The Lord Is Come

Abide With Me (Justin Smith Music)

Hail To The Lord’s Anointed (RUF McCracken)

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Salt and Light”

Matthew 5:13-16

Main IdeaThe Lord saves us and uses us to proclaim His glorious Kingdom in the midst of a dark and decaying world until Christ comes again.

1)  You Are Salt (v 13)

2)  You Are Light (vv 14-15)

3)  You Are Your Father’s Witness (v 16)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 11.20.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I know that a number of you are doing some traveling over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  May God grant you safe travels and a blessed time with your family and friends.  We will continue our normal weekly schedule next week.  So, if you are in town and are available, we will meet as usual on Wednesday evening.  Come and join us to give thanks to the Lord.

Hymns for Worship:

#38 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

#524 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

#2 O Worship the King (based on Psalm 104)

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The Work of the Son of God” (Part 2)

Ephesians 1:7-10

Main Idea:  Because of the work of God the Son, man can be reconciled to God, to one another, and even to the creation that is being restored.

1)  It is beyond personal redemption

2)  It was a necessary work

3)  It gives us real hope

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 11.13.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

The Lord our God is upon His heavenly throne (Psalm 93:2).  He knows us completely (Psalm 139:1-4).  He sees us constantly (Psalm 33:13-15).  He understands us in every way (Psalm 103:13-14).  He hears our prayers (Matthew 7:7-11) and is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).  Believing these truths we can rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Hymns for Worship:

#76 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Jesus’ Precious Blood (Red Mountain)

#629 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Sermon Outline:

“How’s Your Prayer Life?”

James 5:13-18

Main Idea:  God’s people pray because we understand and recognize both the importance of prayer and the power of God through prayer.

1)  Prayers and Praise to God (v 13)

2)  Calling the Elders for Prayer (vv 14-15)

3)  Praying for One Another (v 16a)

4)  Powerful Prayers of the Righteous (vv 16b-18)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 11.6.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

1)  Don’t forget the time change for this weekend.  You will get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning.  With that in mind, let me take this opportunity to encourage all of you non-Sunday School folks to give an effort to be here this week.  There are some great opportunities for you and your house to learn more from the Word of God with the rest of your church family.

2)  We will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together this week as we normally do each first Lord’s Day of every month.

3)  If you are available on Saturday please stop by the Covenant Church tent down on Jackson Street at Market Days.

4)  Let us walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  Let us love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Let us love our neighbor as ourselves.

Hymns for Worship:

Come Praise and Glorify (Chester, Kauflin)

#253 There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

Behold the Lamb (Getty, Townend)

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“The Work of God the Son”

Ephesians 1:3-10

Main Idea:  The second spiritual blessing that the apostle Paul talks about in chapter one of Ephesians is that the eternal purpose of God the Father (Election) was accomplished in us through the work of God the Son (Redemption). Praise be to God!

1)  Why do we need it?

2)  What is it?

3)  How do we get it?

4)  How do we know we have it?

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 10.30.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Don’t forget that this Sunday evening at 7:00 PM we have all been invited to Grace PCA in McAllen for the Reformation Gospel Choir.  I know that a few of us have already made plans to be there.  Think about it… I do believe that it will be worth your time!  Check out the invitation poster in the hallway on the bulletin board for more information.  The address at Grace PCA is 4701 N 29th Street, McAllen, TX.

Hymns for Worship:

#302 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

#460 Amazing Grace!

#44 How Great Thou Art

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Praise Be to God!”

Ephesians 1:1-14

Main Idea:  Believers in Jesus Christ often ask themselves, “Who are we?” “How are we supposed to respond to what the culture around us values and exalts?” Praise be to God, we are chosen in Christ.

1)  Introduction

a)  Background of Ephesians

2)  We are Chosen in Christ

a)  Every Spiritual Blessing

b)  He Chose Us in Him

May God bless you,

pastor scott