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Review and Apply: Matthew, Part 25

January 29 2013 at 11:17 am 0 Comments

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This past Sunday, we resumed our sermon series in Matthew: The Life and Words of Jesus, after a short break at the end of 2012. Preaching from Matthew 8:1-17, Joshua Harris reminds us that not only does Jesus have the authority to heal, but he is empathetic and compassionate, as well; his mission is not simply to heal our physical ailments, but to free us from our sins for all eternity.

Options for reviewing the message:

Watch the sermon online.
Listen to a downloadable MP3 of the sermon.
Read and review the PDF version of the study guide.

Questions for reflection and application:

1. Take time as a Care Group to read Matthew 8:1-17.

2. Do you truly believe that Jesus has the authority, power and compassion to heal you? How do you understand and process prayers for healing when healing does not occur?

3. Consider Jesus’ warning to the Jews in response to the centurion’s faith. Are there spiritual or religious experiences in your past or present that you rest on instead of a vibrant faith in Christ Jesus?

4. In your experience with the Lord, do you see Jesus as one who is kind, tenderhearted and compassionate? Are you able to draw near to him in your weaknesses, disappointments and trials?

5. Jesus healed 3 people who were marginalized in first century Jewish culture. In what practical ways can you imitate Jesus’ love to the marginalized and outcasts who intersect with your world?

6. In this passage, what clues does Matthew give us of Jesus’ global mission? 

7. For each of us who have been born of God, how can you cultivate a vibrant faith in Jesus’ authority and compassion - for yourself, as well as those around you?


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Gospel Coalition Conference 2013

January 25 2013 at 3:22 pm 0 Comments

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The Gospel Coalition National Conference coming to Orlando, Fla., this spring is an incredible opportunity for rich teaching and training from over 80 teachers from around the world. The conference takes place in two phases—a world missions preconference April 6-7, followed by the main conference April 8-10 focused on the mission of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Participants may attend both events or register separately.

The list of speakers includes John Piper, Tim Keller, Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Paul Tripp, Russell Moore, Phil Ryken and many more.

Covenant Life is sending a team to provide hospitality, and we are looking for many volunteers. Serving on the team is a chance both to get free registration, benefit from the conference, bless the greater body of Christ and build friendships. Please pray and consider being a part!  We have created a page with more information.

One final opportunity to mention: You can enhance your TGC conference experience by earning up to six hours of transferable graduate or undergraduate credit through Southern Seminary. You can take either New Testament 1, an elective class on Luke, or an elective class on a Theology of Work in conjunction with the National Conference. There’s also an Introduction to Missiology class in conjunction with the Pre-Conference on World Missions. Learn more on the Gospel Coalition website.


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Thank You from Grace Church San Diego

January 22 2013 at 4:58 pm 0 Comments

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Mark Lauterbach brought greetings and thanks from his home church when he preached here this past Sunday—on video. The clip featured Mark and fellow pastor Ken Burdette sharing their thanks for Covenant Life’s partnership, especially in helping make it possible for Grace Church San Diego/North County to multiply and send roughly a third of their people to plant a new church in San Diego’s East County area last fall.

We thank the Lord for these brothers and sisters and for the gift of our cross-continental preaching exchange! Read our post from October of last year for more on the relationship between our churches.


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Follow Us on Social Media

January 22 2013 at 12:51 pm 0 Comments

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Follow Covenant Life Church on Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming events, reminders about useful content on our website and scriptural encouragements for your walk with Christ.

Become a fan of our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@CovenantLife)!

As always, we love to hear your feedback! Thank you!


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Review and Apply: Better News Than You Think

January 22 2013 at 12:17 pm 0 Comments

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Our friend Mark Lauterbach, from Grace Church San Diego/North County, crossed the continent to be with us and preach from Romans 8:28-39 last Sunday.  The text reminds us that we serve a God of hope, provision and purpose, despite any feelings of guilt, rejection or brokenness.

Mark encouraged us to always remember the gospel: “The gospel speaks to our history, our circumstances, our sins and to the sins of others against us ... it is a call to interpret our past and present lives in light of our God and his promises.”

Options for reviewing the message:

Watch the sermon online.
Listen to a downloadable MP3 of the sermon.
Read and review the PDF version of the study guide.

Questions for reflection and application:

1. Take time to read Romans 8:28-39.

2. Do you have any past regret, disappointment or failure that is keeping you from walking in the gospel’s forgiveness, peace and hope?

3. How do you perceive the future?  Do you believe your future will be defined by your past experiences?  How can you take whatever of your past you think ruins you and entrust it to Christ for his transforming work?

4. Do you believe the promise of Romans 8:28 applies to you?  How can you view your past and present in light of God’s promise of hope? (God takes every experience, every circumstance, every thread of sadness or sin and weaves it together for good.)

5. The Heidelberg Catechism states, “I trust him so much that I do not doubt that he will provide for all my needs.”  Is that your confession as well?  How can you look at your present circumstances and trust the faithful love of your Father for his provision? 

6. If our circumstances do not trump God’s purposes, how can you believe and trust that God’s love is moving his purposes unerringly and wisely forward in your life?

7. What area of your life (past circumstances, broken or strained relationships, or your own sin) do you need to interpret in light of your God – his ability, his hope, his provision, and his purpose?


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Concert Cancelled

January 22 2013 at 12:14 pm 0 Comments

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Our apologies! The concert by Kristian Stanfill has been cancelled due to insufficient ticket sales. Refunds will be issued shortly to all those who purchased tickets. The concert was scheduled for this Friday, January 25, at 7:30 p.m.


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