For the Lord’s Day 9.21.14

Dear Church,

We must prize the blessing of corporate worship. The church of the Lord, gathered for worship, marks the pinnacle of our fellowship with the Lord and with one another. The church is the people of God, the new humanity, the beginning of the new creation, a colony of heaven (Heb. 13:14). The threats of Islamic militants against Western society do not define the war of our time. The cosmic struggle is spiritual, and the weapons of our warfare are not hijacked planes or terrorist biological attacks. They are the weapons of divine love: the preaching of the gospel and the showing of mercy in Christ’s name.” (this is a quote from the late Rev. Ed Clowney. It is from an article that I have on corporate worship as a means of God’s grace to His people.)

Hymns for Worship:

#2 O Worship the King

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

#122 God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory

Sermon Outline:

“Marriage and Divorce”

Matthew 19:1-12

Main Idea: The right way to understand the seriousness and the commitment of the marriage bond is to go all the way back to the beginning.

1) Jesus is Our Compassionate Authority (vv 1-2)

2) Marriage is From God (vv 3-6)

3) Marriage is Serious (vv 7-9)

4) Marriage is Commitment (vv 10-12)

Blessings to you all,

pastor scott

“Forgiveness” Matthew 18:21-35

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Main Idea: When we truly comprehend the extent to which we have been forgiven by God in Christ we are able to extend forgiveness toward those who have sinned against us.

1) A Forgiver Does Not Keep Count (vv 21-22)

2) A Forgiver Understands the Gospel (vv 23-27)

3) A Non-Forgiver is Self-Centered (vv 28-30)

4) A Forgiver Gives What They Have Received (vv 31-35)

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For the Lord’s Day 9.14.14

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Those who hope for God’s forgiveness, said Jesus, must be able to tell him that they too have forgiven their debtors. This is not a matter of earning forgiveness by works, but of qualifying for it by repentance. Repentance (change of mind) makes mercy and forbearance central to one’s new lifestyle. Those who live by God’s forgiveness must imitate it; one whose only hope is that God will not hold his faults against him forfeits his right to hold others’ faults against them. ‘Do as you would be done by’ is the rule here, and the unforgiving Christian brands himself a hypocrite. It is true that forgiveness is by faith in Christ alone, apart from works, but repentance is faith’s fruit, and there is no more reality in a profession of faith than there is reality of repentance accompanying it. Jesus himself stresses that only those who grant forgiveness will receive it in Matthew 6:14ff.; 18:35.” [J.I. Packer, Praying the Lord’s Prayer (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2007), p. 81]

Hymns for Worship:

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

#457 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Arise, My Soul, Arise

Sermon Outline:

“Forgiveness”

Matthew 18:21-35

Main Idea: When we truly comprehend the extent to which we have been forgiven by God in Christ we are able to extend forgiveness toward those who have sinned against us.

1) A Forgiver Does Not Keep Count (vv 21-22)

2) A Forgiver Understands the Gospel (vv 23-27)

3) A Non-Forgiver is Self-Centered (vv 28-30)

4) A Forgiver Gives What They Have Received (vv 31-35)

With love in Christ Jesus,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 9.7.14

Dear Church Family,

I came across the following quote this morning:

“We must all continually acknowledge that we do not practice the forgiving heart as we should. And yet the prayer is, ‘Forgive us our debts, our trespasses, as we forgive our debtors.’ We are to have a forgiving spirit even before the other person expresses regret for his wrong. The Lord’s prayer does not suggest that when the other man is sorry, then we are to show a oneness by having a forgiving spirit. Rather, we are called upon to have a forgiving spirit without the other man having made the first step. We may still say that he is wrong, but in the midst of saying that he is wrong, we must be forgiving.” [Fancis A. Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century (Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 1970), p. 145]

Hymns for Worship:

#101 Come, Thou Almighty King

Lord Protect Your People – Psalm 14 (Nathan Clark George)

Behold the Lamb (Getty/Townend)

#726 Spirit of the Living God

Sermon Outline:

“Handling Sin in the Church Family”

Matthew 18:15-20

Main Idea:   Jesus establishes the plan on how to handle sin within the local Church with the ultimate goal of reconciling the sinner and edifying His people.

1)   Step One (v 15)

2)   Step Two (v 16)

3)   Step Three (v 17)

4)   Heavenly Affirmation (vv 18-20)

I hope to see you all this Lord’s Day!!!

pastor scott