Here’s a recap of Sunday, February 17, to help us all remember and review:
We celebrated the gospel:
Holy, Holy, Holy
O My Soul, Arise
Communion – as communion was distributed, we had members read from 1 Peter 2:22-25: Philippians 2:6-11; Col 2:13-15; Heb 10:1-2a, 12-17 and Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 22
Before the Throne
We remembered God’s personal care for us through the gospel:
We welcomed guests and shared news in our church life.
We responded and were sent into the world:
Resources for your Family and Care Group:
• Sermon Outline and Application Questions
Kids in Discovery Land learned about Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Lesson 72 in Long Story Short) from Daniel 2:1-49.
12:13 students studied John 1:14-18: God became what we are to show us who he is.
February 8 2013 at 8:23 am 0 Comments
Here’s a brief preview of The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, a book Josh will recommend this Sunday in church:
The author’s own description: “This book is for those spouses who have discovered how challenging day-to-day marriage is and who are searching for practical resources to survive the sometimes overwhelming ‘fiery trials’ of matrimony and to grow through them ...This is a book for those who have experienced ‘the honeymoon is over’ and have fallen back to earth with a thud.”
From a Covenant Life member: “My husband and I, in 37 years of marriage, have experienced more fiery trials than we care to remember! Keller’s truthful, down to earth portrayal of modern day marriage has been incredibly refreshing and practically helpful. Keller doesn’t just write about what marriage should look like ... He shares about real difficulties we live through everyday. As a result, we are experiencing genuine progress in our relationship.
If you are satisfied with a “drifting” marriage going nowhere, WARNING ... Don’t read this book!”
January 22 2013 at 1:51 pm 0 Comments
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December 28 2012 at 6:44 pm 1 Comments
As we like to share each year around this time, Scripture reading—a steady intake of God’s Word—is pivotal to the stability and growth of every Christian. Reading the Bible according to a defined schedule is an option that helps many people. Like the physical necessities of our lives, spiritual needs require a proactive plan. As John Piper has said, “Nothing but the simplest impulses gets accomplished without some forethought which we call a plan.”
We cannot improve upon the excellent post Justin Taylor has put together—Reading the Bible in 2013. It includes links to a variety of plans including ones specific to ESV, links to books to have on hand as “helps,” and a chart to track where you are in the biblical storyline.
Check out Justin’s post, pick an approach that’s right for you, and enjoy God’s Word this year!
October 1 2012 at 4:48 pm 1 Comments
This past Sunday, we took a break from our series in Matthew, and had the privilege of learning from Dr. Randy Stinson. Randy serves as President of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and as Dean of the School of Church Ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He spoke from 1 Peter 3:7 on how a husband should cherish his wife’s unique personality and use his strength to care for her.
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Questions for reflection and application:
1. Take time as a Care Group to read Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18-24 and 1 Peter 3:7.
2. Randy Stinson said, “At the core of masculinity is how a man treats the women in his life.” As a man, how do you treat your single sisters, your wife, your daughters or the women in the workplace? What does this reveal about your masculinity?
3. Husbands how well do you know your wife? What can you do to get to know her better?
4. Husbands, do you see the differences between you and your wife as God’s blessing for growth or as irritants to endure? How can you grow to embrace God’s work of sanctification through these differences?
5. Is there a difference in how you honor your wife or girlfriend in private and how you honor her in public? Where do you need to repent and change?
6. In what ways have you used or been tempted to use your physical strength to intimidate, abuse or dishonor the women in your life? What does repentance and change look like?
7. As a husband, is life frustrating and confounding? How well are you obeying 1 Peter 3:7? Could the confusion possibly be connected to God’s active opposition and discipline of you? If so, how can you repent and change?
8. If marriage is a picture of the loving unity between Christ and the church, what picture is your marriage displaying?
August 12 2012 at 6:13 pm 8 Comments
Pastor Erik Sheffer sent the letter below to the members under his care last week. We hope it encourages your soul, too!
When was the last time you had a fresh encounter with our living God? If you are like me, sadly, these aren’t every day occasions. These moments are rare. And I want to share one with you to remind you that he does speak, personally and intimately still.
But first I want to remind us that they need not be rare. God is speaking powerfully right now. God is fully present right now. It’s our hearts, our seeing and hearing that is the problem. Romans 1:19-20 says,
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
So my prayer that I have been crying out to God is for him to help us truly see him and hear him, which I believe will lead us to love and worship him. How can a heart that has seen or heard the voice of God not melt before him?
Ok, so now the story I wanted to share. My newborn daughter, Jubilee, was in the NICU for a few days after her birth before I finally got the phone call from my wife, Jerusha, that she was ready to be discharged. As I was driving in, excited, yet weary, I thought I’d listen to a song to refresh me and help me worship with a grateful heart. I remembered the Sara Groves song, “He Has Always Been Faithful,” and than remembered I purchased her new album a while back, “Invisible Empires.” I really never listened to it, but the song, “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize,” grabbed my attention so I began to play it. What a great song!
Again, picture me 10 minutes away from Shady Grove Hospital ready to pick up Jubilee and Jerusha hearing this song. Without giving any specifics of the song away (you have to listen to it!), the way the song ends (the last 30-45 seconds, so you can skip to it if you don’t have 3 minutes) reminded me that God still speaks … not just corporately, but personally and intimately. He knew exactly what I needed at that moment AND I had the grace to slow down, listen, and worship.
Let’s keep praying for God to speak powerfully in and through our lives today, for he is a consuming fire!
Grateful to be your pastor,