For the Lord’s Day 3.29.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Love for our neighbor is the fountain of all those virtues we are to exercise toward him, but it is humility that adorns these virtues.  However excellent the performance of a virtue may be, if there is pride in the person who performs this duty, such performance will reek and be entirely without luster.  Therefore, a believer who in the way of holiness wishes to live to the glory of God and render the church honorable must strive to be humble.”

“Humility is the humble disposition of the heart of the believer — both in a personal sense and toward his neighbor.  It consists in having a correct judgment concerning himself whereby he neither elevates himself above his condition, nor wishes to be elevated by others as such.”

Both quotes above are from the writings of Wilhelmus a Brakel.  These quotes are from page 67 of the 4th book of what is entitled “The Christian’s Reasonable Service.”  As you can tell, I do not remember the rules of footnoting and bibliography.  Please feel free to help me out with that if you wish, only do not report me to the higher ups!

Hymns for Worship:

#369 Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand

Sermon Outline:

“Putting On A Show”

Matthew 23:1-12

Main Idea:  All power and praise and honor belongs to Jesus Christ alone… not us!

1)  A Show FOR Power (vv 1-4)

2)  A Show FOR Praise (vv 5-7)

3)  A Show FOR Honor (vv 8-10)

4)  A Show OF Humility (vv 11-12)

May God Bless You All,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 3.22.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Just in case you were wondering… we are not affiliated with the Presbyterian Church that made national news this week.  Here is the story:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/18/presbyterian-church-formally-approves-gay-marriage-in-church-constitution/

We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America.  Here is our website:

http://www.pcanet.org/

And here is our stance in regard to biblical marriage:

http://byfaithonline.com/pca-affirms-biblical-marriage/

Church, let us not be carried away with the culture of the day.  Let us stand firm upon the eternal truths of Scripture given to us by the Spirit of the living God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17   16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Hymns for Worship:

Psalm 84 (Tune same as “Lead On, O King Eternal”)

#257 Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

Sermon Outline:

“King David’s Christ”

Matthew 22:34-40

Main Idea:  Jesus is the Christ who is both a descendant of David and the eternal Son of God.

1)  The Christ You Must Know (vv 41-42)

2)  The Christ Is Lord (vv 43-45)

3)  The Christ Conquers (v 46)

May God Bless you,

pastor scott

 

For the Lord’s Day 3.15.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Deuteronomy 6:5  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 10:12  “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Joshua 23:11   Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God.

Matthew 5:44  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Leviticus 19:18  You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

1 Corinthians 16:14  Let all that you do be done in love.

Hymns for worship:

#345 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Psalm 6 – “Gently, Gently”

#648  My Jesus, I Love Thee

Sermon Outline:

“The Great Commandment to Love”

Matthew 22:34-40

Main Idea:  God’s love for us drives our love for Him and for those around us.

1)  A Great Question (vv 34-36)

2)  The Great Command to Love God (vv 37-38)

3)  The Great Command to Love People (v 39)

4)  It All Depends on Love (v 40)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 3.8.15

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Concerning “day-light savings time,” I do not say anything about it in the fall because if someone shows up early to church… That’s great!  If someone shows up early they could join those who gather for prayer at 9am.  If someone shows up early they could sing along with those rehearsing the hymns for the worship service.  If someone shows up early they could enjoy some good hot coffee and have some extra time to enjoy fellowship with other church family.  If someone shows up early they could take advantage of a Sunday School class with friends.

But, this is “day-light savings time” for the spring.  So, I am reminding you to set your clocks forward this weekend so that you will not miss out on gathering with the saints at Covenant this Lord’s Day.  And by the way, it would still be nice if you show up a little early.  See the above paragraph. 😉

Hymns for Worship:

#263 Lift High the Cross

#455 And Can It Be that I Should Gain

#541 When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Sermon Outline:

“A Question about Marriage and the Resurrection”

Matthew 22:23-33

Main Idea:  An intimate knowledge of God’s Word and His power gives Christians a great and sure hope for heaven.

1)  Who Are the Sadducees?

2)  The Levirate Marriage

3)  An Extreme Example

4)  Knowing the Scriptures

5)  Knowing the Power of God

May God Bless you all,

pastor scott