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

For the Lord’s Day 5.15.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Trusting God does not mean we do not experience pain. It means we believe that God is at work through the occasion of our pain for our ultimate good. It means we work back through the Scriptures regarding His sovereignty, wisdom, and goodness and ask Him to use those Scriptures to bring peace and comfort to our hearts. It means, above all, that we do not sin against God by allowing distrustful and hard thoughts about Him to sway our minds. It will often mean that we have to say, ‘God, I don’t understand, but I trust You.'”

Jerry Bridges, You Can Trust God, Navpress, Colorado Springs, CO, 1989, pp. 10.

Hymns for Worship:

#7 From All that Dwell below the Skies (based on Psalm 117)

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

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder (Words, Newton; Music, Taylor)

Sermon Outline:

“Internal Difficulties”

Nehemiah 5:1-13

1)  Difficulties are Inevitable

2)  Difficulties Produce a Reaction

3)  Difficulties are Opportunities to Glorify God

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 5.8.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Jesus said to his disciples, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  I was reminded of this as I thought about Noah.  He found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  He believed the Lord and so he built the ark.  He obeyed the Lord and trusted the Lord.  He worshiped the Lord and began life again after the great flood.  And yet, we have the sad account of his fall into sin even in his old age.  Let us be reminded again today to watch and pray.  The temptations are great all around us.  And just as Jesus said, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Hymns for Worship:

#115 All Creatures of Our God and King

Psalm 6 (Nathan C. George)

#524 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

#307 Nothing but the Blood

Sermon Outline:

“Sons and Sins”

Genesis 9:18-29

Main IdeaEven the faithful Noah needed the promised Redeemer because the consequences of sin are often devastating and always deadly.

 1)  Fruitful Sons (vv 18-19)

2)  A Father’s Sins (vv 20-21)

3)  A Son’s Sins (vv 22-23)

4)  Sin’s Curse (vv 24-27)

5)  Sin Always Brings Death (vv 28-29)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

The Faithful, Strong, and GOOD SHEPHERD (Psalm 23)

May 1, 2016

Rev. Jim Coad

Main Idea: Because the LORD cares for His people in all circumstances through the ministry of His Son applied to us by His Spirit, we can be confident and secure in His presence. 

1) The LORD, our Shepherd cares for his people all the time. 

2) The LORD cares for his people in good times.

3) The LORD cares for his people in bad times.

4) The LORD cares for his people through the ministry of Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, applied to us by his Holy Spirit. 

5) The LORD cares for his people as Jesus lives in us by His spirit who feeds us on Christ by His word and by the Lord’s supper.