For the Lord’s Day 10.30.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

Don’t forget that this Sunday evening at 7:00 PM we have all been invited to Grace PCA in McAllen for the Reformation Gospel Choir.  I know that a few of us have already made plans to be there.  Think about it… I do believe that it will be worth your time!  Check out the invitation poster in the hallway on the bulletin board for more information.  The address at Grace PCA is 4701 N 29th Street, McAllen, TX.

Hymns for Worship:

#302 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

#460 Amazing Grace!

#44 How Great Thou Art

Pastor Gama’s Sermon Outline:

“Praise Be to God!”

Ephesians 1:1-14

Main Idea:  Believers in Jesus Christ often ask themselves, “Who are we?” “How are we supposed to respond to what the culture around us values and exalts?” Praise be to God, we are chosen in Christ.

1)  Introduction

a)  Background of Ephesians

2)  We are Chosen in Christ

a)  Every Spiritual Blessing

b)  He Chose Us in Him

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 10.23.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning-knife which the great Husbandman employs in order to make us fruitful in good works. The harvest of the Lord’s field is seldom ripened by sunshine only. It must go through days of wind and rain and storm.”

J.C. Ryle, Holiness, Evangelical Press, Durham, England, 1993, pp. 194.

Hymns for Worship:

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

#535 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

#156 O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Patient Perseverance To The End”

James 5:7-12

Main Idea:  A godly life is a life of patient perseverance in this fallen world with your heart set on the heavenly Kingdom of Christ.

1)  Be Patient Like a Farmer (v 7)

2)  Persevere (v 8)

3)  Do Not Grumble (v 9)

4)  The Examples of the Prophets (v 10)

5)  The Example of Job (v 11)

6)  Speak Truth and Trust God (v 12)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 10.16.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

James 1:17  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…”

“All that exists is God’s; whatever anyone possesses he has received from God…  If we receive something, we must receive it as out of the hand of God as being our Father.  We must be satisfied with that which the Father gives – be it much or little, it will be enough.  Therefore we ought not to waste it, but with a joyful heart make use of it.”

Wilhelmus á Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Soli Deo Gloria Publications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994, Vol. 3, pp. 553.

Hymns for Worship:

#164 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Arise, My Soul, Arise (Kevin Twit Music)

#642 Be Thou My Vision

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“The Misuse of Wealth”

“James 5:1-6”

Main Idea:  It matters greatly to the Lord how you use what he gives to you.

1)  Hoarded Wealth (vv 1-3)

2)  Fraudulent Wealth (v 4)

3)  Wasted Wealth (v 5)

4)  Oppressive Wealth (v 6)

May God bless you,

pastor scott

For the Lord’s Day 10.9.16

Dear Covenant Church Family,

“To do God’s will is for our benefit. It promotes our own self-interest. As if a king commands a subject to dig in a mine of gold, and gives him all the gold he had dug. God bids us do his will, and that is for our good.”

Thomas Watson, The Lord’s Prayer, The Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1999, pp. 154.

Hymns for Worship:

#580 Lead On, O King Eternal

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand (Miner Music)

#75 O Father, You Are Sovereign

Pastor Scott’s Sermon Outline:

“Where Do We Go From Here?”

“James 4:13-17”

Main Idea:  Learning to live in humble submission to and dependence upon the will of the Lord.

1)  The Sham of Self Confidence (vv 13-14)

2)  Because Only God Knows (v 15)

3)  The Evil of Self Confidence (v 16)

4)  “Not My Will, But Yours, Be Done” (v 17)

May God bless you,

pastor scott