For the Lord’s Day 9.18.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“You live in times of peculiar spiritual danger. Never perhaps were there more traps and pitfalls in the way to heaven; never certainly were those traps so skilfully baited, and those pitfalls so ingeniously made. Mind what you are about. Look well to your goings. Ponder the paths of your feet.”

J.C. Ryle, Holiness, Evangelical Press, Durham, England, 1993, pp. 297.

Hymns for Worship:

#19 Thee We Adore, Eternal Lord!

Psalm 6 (Nathan Clark George)

Psalm 103:11-13 (Trinity Psalter)

#648 My Jesus, I Love Thee

Sermon Outline:

“Greater Grace Given”

James 4:1-10

Main Idea:  God gives His grace so that we may constantly recognize and repent of our worldly ways in order to live more and more for His glory.

1)  Problematic Passions (vv 1-3)

2)  Spiritual Adultery (vv 4-6)

3)  Grace to Grow (vv 7-10)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 9.11.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Strive to live a courageous life. Confess Christ before men. Whatever station you occupy, in that station confess Christ. Why should you be ashamed of Him? He was not ashamed of you on the cross. He is ready to confess you now before His Father in heaven. Why should you be ashamed of Him? Be bold. Be very bold. The good soldier is not ashamed of his uniform. The true believer ought never to be ashamed of Christ.”

J.C. Ryle, Holiness, Evangelical Press, Durham, England, 1993, pp. 221.

Hymns for Worship:

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Words: Montgomery; Music McCracken)

#524 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

#644 May the Mind of Christ My Savior

Sermon Outline:

“Two Kinds of Wisdom”

James 3:13-18

Main IdeaThe Christian life is characterized by wisdom from above.

1)  The Conduct of Wisdom (vv 13-14)

2)  Wisdom From Below (vv 15-16)

3)  Wisdom From Above (vv 17-18)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 9.4.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We have the great privilege this week of coming together as a church family around the table of the Lord.  At that table, we feast upon the grace of our God in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  There, we are reminded again of our Father’s great love for us in Christ Jesus.  He who sent His only Son into this fallen world to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.  The Lord Jesus lived a righteous and sinless life.  He fulfilled the holy law of God that we have so often and continuously broken.  He died the death we deserve.  Jesus shed His precious blood upon that cross outside of Jerusalem and we are reminded that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.  But, in Jesus Christ alone there is forgiveness and there is marvelous grace to cover all our sins.  So, let’s prepare ourselves to come again to feast upon God’s amazing grace in this sacrament as we proclaim His death until He comes again!!!

Hymns for Worship:

O Day of Rest and Gladness (words: Wordsworth; Music: Miner)

#461 Not What My Hands Have Done

#427 Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Sermon Outline:

“A Love Story”

Ruth 3:1-13

1)  Unwise Advice

2)  Risky Encounter

3)  Trustworthy Promise

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.28.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Please remember that you have another opportunity this week to give toward the relief efforts that are taking place in Louisiana.  Many of our own sister churches and members were impacted by the flooding.  Praise the Lord that $1800 has already been donated for this effort.  Also, 4 or 5 men are leaving tomorrow morning, Sat. Aug, 27, to be on site for the next several days in order to lend a hand.  Pray for them.

Hymns for Worship:

#2 O Worship the King (from Psalm 104)

Abide With Me (Words: Lyte; Music: Justin Smith)

#455 And Can It Be that I Should Gain

Sermon Outline:

“Under His Wings”

Ruth 1:22-2:10

1)  First Act: The Return to Bethlehem

2)  Second Act: The Hesed of God

3)  Third Act: A New Beginning

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.21.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“We must begin by admitting that people and situations do not cause us to speak as we do. Our hearts control our words. People and situations simply provide the occasion for the heart to express itself.”

Paul David Tripp, War of Words, P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ, 2000, pp. 126.

Hymns for Worship:

#38 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

#521 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

#122 God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory

Sermon Outline:

“Taming These Tongues”

James 3:1-12

Main IdeaThe sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit is our only hope for a tamed tongue that can be used for the glory of God.

1)  Stumbling Tongues (vv 1-2)

2)  Powerful Tongues (vv 3-5a)

3)  Destructive Tongues (vv 5b-8)

4)  Inconsistent Tongues (vv 9-12)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.14.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.”

– Martin Luther

Hymns for Worship:

Lord, Protect Your People – Psalm 14 (Nathan C. George)

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

#468 My Faith Has Found a Resting Place

Sermon Outline:

“Faith: Dead or Alive!”

James 2:14-26

Main IdeaA living faith shows itself in works of obedience that brings glory to God.

1)  A Dead Faith Is All Talk (vv 14-17)

2)  A Dead Faith Can Be Orthodox (vv 18-19)

3)  A Living Faith Desires to Obey God’s Will (vv 20-24)

4)  A Living Faith Desires What is Right Before God (vv 25-26)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 8.7.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We pray that you are prayerfully preparing yourself for the upcoming worship service this Lord’s Day.  Pastor Gama will be preaching this week from the Old Testament book of Ruth.  You can see the outline below.  And since, this is the first Sunday of the month we will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together so please keep that in mind as well.

Pastor Gama and I will also be out of the office this Friday and Saturday due to our quarterly Presbytery meeting.  We are meeting in Austin at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Hymns for Worship:

#598 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

#507 Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat

Behold the Lamb (Getty, Townend)

The Creed of Timothy (Nathan Clark George)

Sermon Outline:

“Decisions”

Ruth 1:1-7

1)  Our Decisions During Turbulent Times

2)  Our Decisions and the Faithfulness of God

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.31.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Our mercy is truly love only if our efforts are a response to a desire to obey God and to help the person.  But our mercy is really fear, if our efforts are responses to a desire to stay safe, to look good, and so on.  A real minister risks anything–social awkwardness, a tongue-lashing, looking foolish–to respond in love.”

Timothy J. Keller, Ministries of Mercy, P&R Publishing, Phillipsburg, NJ, 1997, pp. 130.

Hymns for Worship:

#369 Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns

Jesus’ Precious Blood (Clint Wells, Red Mountain Music)

#457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Sermon Outline:

“Playing Favorites”

James 2:1-13

Main IdeaMay we who hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ be ready and willing to joyfully show others the same grace and mercy that our Lord has first shown to us.

1)  Playing Favorites is an Evil Game to Play (vv 1-4)

2)  Playing Favorites is Not God’s Game (5-7)

3)  Playing Favorites Transgresses the Law to Love (8-11)

4)  Playing Favorites and Judgment Day (12-13)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.24.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We will continue our sermon series through the letter of James this week.  This will be our sixth sermon just in chapter 1.  Don’t worry!  I do anticipate moving much more rapidly through the remaining chapters.  Anyway, prepare yourself to enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  See you on Sunday… Lord willing.

Hymns for Worship:

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

Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Christopher Miner Music)

#164 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Sermon Outline:

“Proofs of Pure and Undefiled Religion”

James 1:26-27

Main IdeaEvidence of a God-honoring and Christ-centered religion is love for God and neighbor expressed in controlled speech, compassionate care for the weak and needy, and the pursuit of holiness.

1)  Controlled Speech (v 26)

2)  Compassionate Care for the Weak and Needy (v 27a)

3)  Pursuit of Holiness (v 27b)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 7.17.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

It is my prayer that you are looking forward to the worship service this week.  Please pray along with me for God’s blessing upon us this coming Lord’s Day.  The sermon is in regard to hearing and doing the Word of God.  Will you come and be ready to hear the Word of God?  Will you come and upon hearing the Word of God then be ready to go and do the Word of God?  If so, you will be blessed by the Lord.

Hymns for Worship:

Blessed Are All They (Psalm 1)

Before the Throne of God Above

#101 Come, Thou Almighty King

Sermon Outline:

“Hearing and Doing the Word”

James 1:19-25

Main Idea:  The importance of God’s Word for your growth in grace.

1)  Receive the Word with Meekness (vv 19-21)

2)  The Self Deceived only Hear the Word (vv 22-24)

3)  The Blessed Hear and Do the Word (v 25)

May God bless you,

pastor scott