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

For the Lord’s Day 7.10.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

We can pursue a lot of different things in life, even many good things!!! But, we need to remember that it is all temporary and sooner or later fades away. If we want something that will last… and if we want something that is truly valuable… then we must pursue what is eternal. We must pursue the things of heaven. Scripture says, “if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” It reminds me of the refrain of a popular hymn: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

Hymns for Worship:

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

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

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

Sermon Outline:

“God’s Purposes in Our Trials”

James 1:12-18

Main IdeaGod’s people keep a God glorifying perspective on the trials of life even when we fall into sin.

1)  Trials for Our Good (v 12)

2)  Trials that Go Badly (vv 13-15)

3)  Trials for God’s Glory (vv 16-18)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.19.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

I came across a few thoughts from a 17th century puritan preacher:

“Do we love the Word preached?  Do we prize it in our judgments? Do we receive it into our hearts? Do we fear the loss of the Word preached more than the loss of peace and trade? Do we attend to the Word with reverential devotion? When the judge is giving his charge on the bench, all attend. When the Word is preached, the great God is giving his charge. Do we listen to it as to a matter of life and death? This is a good sign that we love the Word.”

Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture, The Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, PA, 1999, pp. 65-66.

Hymns for Worship:

#16 Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord (Psalm 98)

#498 Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners!

#500 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Sermon Outline:

“Let’s Boast About This”

James 1:9-11

Main Idea:  The gospel teaches both the poor and the rich Christian how to joyfully live everyday by faith alone in Christ alone.

 1)  The Poor Christian’s Boast (v 9)

2)  The Rich Christian’s Boast (v 10a)

3)  All Fades Away (vv 10b-11)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.12.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us.”

Jerry Bridges, You Can Trust God, Navpress, Colorado Springs, CO, 1989, pp. 13.

Hymns for Worship:

Hail To The Lord’s Anointed (Montgomery, McCracken)

#465 Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord

#53 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (based on Psalm 103)

Sermon Outline:

“Got Wisdom?”

James 1:5-8

Main IdeaGod’s people run to Him for wisdom believing that He will supply all the necessary wisdom in any and every situation.

1)  Go to God for Wisdom (v 5)

2)  Believe God for Wisdom (v 6a)

3)  Don’t Doubt God’s Wisdom (vv 6b-8)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 6.3.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Pastor Gama will be continuing his sermon series in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah this week.  We are praying for God’s blessing upon us as we prepare to gather and worship Him.  See you Sunday!!

Hymns for Worship:

#295 Crown Him with Many Crowns

#642 Be Thou My Vision

#252 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Sermon Outline:

“Biblical Generosity”

Nehemiah 5:14-19

1)  First Aspect:  Saying No

2)  Second Aspect:  Unconditional Commitment

3)  Third Aspect:  Hospitality

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 5.29.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Let us be careful not to make idols of the good things of this life.  I am speaking of God’s blessings such as comfort, health, peace, prosperity, relationships, etc…  We are not entitled to any of those blessings even though God often graciously gives them to us.  But, how will you respond if one or two or all of those things are taken away from you?  The Old Testament saint Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Hymns for Worship:

#296 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

In Christ Alone

#75 O Father, You Are Sovereign

Sermon Outline:

“The Trials of Life”

James 1:1-4

Main IdeaOur sovereign God is graciously at work in the trials of our lives to make us into the people that He wants us to be.

1)  God’s Word for Christians in the World (v 1)

2)  Trials Faced with Joy (v 2)

3)  Trials Make Us Stronger (v 3)

4)  Trials Make Us Mature (v 4)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 5.22.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“The sovereignty of God is the ground of peace and confidence to all his people.  They rejoice that the Lord God omnipotent reigns; that neither necessity, nor chance, nor the folly of man, nor the malice of Satan controls the sequence of events and all their issues.  Infinite wisdom, love, and power, belong to Him, our great God and Savior, into whose hands all power in heaven and earth has been committed.”

Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology VOL I., Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, 1973, pp. 441.

Hymns for Worship:

Lord Protect Your People (Psalm 14)

#535 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

#55 To God Be the Glory

Sermon Outline:

“Nations, Languages, and The Redeemer”

Genesis 10:1 – 11:26

Main IdeaSinful man never triumphs over our sovereign God and His eternal purposes.

1)  The Sons of Japheth (10:1-5)

2)  The Sons of Ham (10:6-20)

3)  The Sons of Shem (10:21-32)

4)  The Tower of Babel (11:1-9)

5)  The Call of Abram (11:10-26)

May God bless you,

pastor scott