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Resources from “Life Together”

November 24 2014 at 4:07 pm 0 Comments

This month we’ve sought to grow in our understanding of the priority of the church and the foundational values of loving, serving and giving as we live together in Christian community.

Take time to re-listen or listen for the first time if you missed a message:

Life Together Devotional Guide

Life Together as the Church
Love One Another
Serving One Another

Also, don’t forget the Life Together Devotional Guide full of ideas to help you draw out the meaning of the biblical text, spark application and discussion, and provide ways to talk about these truths with children at home.

We hope you enjoy the above photos submitted by some of our care groups. If you haven’t captured your “care group selfie” yet, it’s not too late! We’ll be continuing to post photos in The Weekly and elsewhere as we receive them.

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New Year’s Resolution: Get the App

December 29 2013 at 5:55 pm 0 Comments

mobile app preview

Did you know that Covenant Life has a mobile app for iPhone, iPad Touch, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets? You can download the app on the iTunes App Store or at Google Play.

The app features video of Sunday sermons (going back about a year-and-a half), and audio of Sunday sermons, seminars and more (it’s a great way to review sermons on the go). You can also browse this blog.

We hope you’ll enjoy reviewing sermons, catching up on ones you missed and sharing the content with others via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.

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May 3 2013 at 2:15 pm 0 Comments

Joshua Harris titled his message this past Sunday “Rule-igion.” He taught from Matthew 12:1-14 how we are often tempted as Christians to be focused on rules to the detriment of a relationship with Jesus Christ.

After viewing or listening to the message, take this ARE YOU RULE-IGIOUS? Test by Don DeVries:

In what ways do you drift toward “rule-igion” instead of resting on Jesus? Consider the following list:

• Do you feel more confident and more accepted by God when you are doing well spiritually?

• Do you wonder if God has forsaken you, turned his back or finds you unacceptable when having a bad day spiritually?

• If God asked you, “Why should I answer your prayer?” would you inventory any unconfessed sins, remind God of your consistent quiet times, or tell him of your good works towards others?

• When reading your Bible, what does your heart and mind notice first and most—the things you need to do or the works done by the Savior?

• Which are you more aware of, all the ways you need to grow or who you are in Christ?

• Can others’ personal examples or practices bring guilt or discouragement?

• Do you think that God’s forgiveness only kicks in after you have reached some mysterious level of remorse, repentance or suffering for your sin?

• Do you find that being led by the Spirit and trusting in God’s sovereign wisdom are not nearly as appealing as having a set of rules that will settle every question?

• When you hear teaching that includes practical instruction, do you tend to leave discouraged because your already overwhelming task list just increased?

• Do you feel discouraged or condemned when you fail, make a mistake or sin?

• Do you tend to relate to Jesus as the new Lawgiver? Is your prayer and plea to ask the Lord how to do it?

• Do you tend to be critical, perfectionistic, or self-righteous?

• Do you find it difficult to relate to others who practice differently than you do on nonessential or disputable matters? Do your personal convictions on disputable matters tend to become laws everyone should follow?

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Resources from Men’s Conference

October 17 2012 at 10:33 am 0 Comments

“We need men who will shoulder the weight of manhood as God designed it, who will live it out day to day but will incline their manhood toward the gospel.” —Dr. Randy Stinson

In a culture where the definition of what it truly means to be a man and how that affects one’s actions has been so distorted by sin, Randy Stinson brings his knowledge of Scripture to bear in the lives of male Christians.  Speaking to men from our congregation and surrounding area churches, Dr. Stinson covered four main topics at the September 29 Manhood Conference:

  • Session 1: Be Strong and Prove Yourself a Man (1 Kings 2:1-9)
  • Session 2: Men Who Lead (Ephesians 5:22-23)
  • Session 3: Raising Masculine Sons and Feminine Daughters (Ephesians 5:22-23)
  • Session 4: Leading to Reach the Generations: Leaving a Legacy (1 Peter 1:1-7)

Men, if you weren’t able to attend, or simply want to review Dr. Stinson’s biblically-informed exhortations to embrace your identity as a man, stream or download the audio from his sessions.  We pray that these resources will help you embrace your unique identity as a male image-bearer of Christ and live for his glory.

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Review and Apply: Matthew, Part 16

September 11 2012 at 9:02 pm 0 Comments

This past Sunday, Joshua Harris preached part 16 of our series, The Life and Words of Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. His text was Matthew 6:1-6;16-18, where Jesus encourages disciples of the kingdom of heaven to answer two important questions in relation to spiritual practices and worship of God: What is our motive? What is our reward?

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 Matthew 6:1-6;16-18.

2. In what areas of your life (spiritual disciplines, parenting, giving, serving, job, etc.) do you subtly, or even overtly, let others know of your good deeds and acts of righteousness?

3. In what ways do you live for and crave the applause, adoration and approval of others?

4. When you sacrifice time, energy or financial resources for others and they fail to express gratefulness, how is your heart tempted?  What does that reveal about your motive?

5. How can the least impressive life (by the world’s standards) have eternal significance?  How does living for the audience of One change the motives and posture of your heart?

6. Why is the Father’s promise to reward us for our secret acts of devotion and worship so incredible?

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Robin’s Message on the Beatitudes

June 25 2012 at 8:03 pm 0 Comments

Robin Boisvert preached on Sunday from Matthew 5:1-12, the very familiar opening of what we know as “The Sermon on the Mount.” The passage contains Jesus’ authoritative teaching about the way believers should live as members of the kingdom of heaven.

At the end of his message Robin shared this quote from “The Cost of Discipleship” by pastor, theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has.  It is the pearl of great price to buy for which the merchant will sell all his goods.  It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.  It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.  It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner.  Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us.  Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us.

Costly grace is the incarnation of God.

Robin also recommended the book, The Sermon on the Mount: Kingdom Life in a Fallen World, by Sinclair Ferguson. It’s available in the church bookstore.

Audio and an outline are available in the Resource Library.

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