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

Got Wisdom? (James 1:5-8)

June 12, 2016

Pastor Scott Floyd

Main Idea: God’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)

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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