Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, July 14, 2019

Introduction Missionary, Scott Williquette, will be with us for the services this Lord’s Day. The hymn selection tells the story of our mission. We begin win the Gospel call for all creation to worship our Creator. This is possible only because of the redeeming work of Christ. The grand conclusion of the mission is the…

Order of Service, July 7, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul addresses the subject of the Corinthian church’s participation in a collection being gathered to 1) provide relief for Jewish Christians suffering in Jerusalem and 2) unify the church by minimizing ethnic differences. The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is the fourth of five sermons from these two chapters.…

Order of Service, June 30, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will preach, continuing his extended series through Galatians. The sermon will focus on a single verse, Galatians 5:26. In it, Paul forbids boasting (conceit). The elements of our worship service focus our attention the One who is worthy of all boasting (glory). If we boast, we must boast in…

Order of Service, June 9, 2019

Introduction Mark Buhr will lead the service this Lord’s Day. He says, “The last sermon I preached was from Galatians 5:16-18. I’d like to pick it up from there today and look at 5:19-23. Are you a believer? That is, have you been saved from your sinfulness by faith in Christ alone? If so, the…

Order of Service, June 2, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 8:1-6, we saw Paul gently call the church in Corinth to give sacrificially to a collection he planned to deliver to Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. We saw that Paul chiefly desired to use the collection to strengthen the unity of the church (Jews with Gentiles) for the sake of the advance…

Order of Service, May 26, 2019

Introduction In the eighth chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul launches into a discussion of an offering he collected as aid for suffering believers in Jerusalem. At first, the transition seems abrupt, but Paul’s delay in coming for this collection played a part in the conflict that prompted the composition of the letter. In the sermon…

Order of Service, May 19, 2019

Introduction: This Lord’s Day it is our pleasure to have Dr. Ryan Martin as our guest speaker. He serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Granite Falls, Minnesota. His sermon will focus on the victory that belongs to those who trust the risen Christ. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Call to Worship     Heidelberg Catechism Q1 What is…

Order of Service, May 12, 2019

Introduction: The sermon for this Lord’s Day will be delivered by Mark Buhr. It focuses on the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the life of each believer. The hymn selection reminds us of the ground of sanctification (God’s holiness), the exclusive work of Christ required for our salvation and sanctification, and the Spirit’s transforming…

Order of Service, May 5, 2019

Introduction: We welcome our guest speaker, Michael Riley, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Wakefield, Michigan. His sermon text emphasizes the need to come to Christ as a child, that is, to humble ourselves. The hymns in the service call us to approach the Lord in humility, laying aside all pride. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude…

Order of Service, April 28, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Supper. On these occasions we build build the entire worship service around the Table. In our upcoming service we will explain many of the things that happen when the church gathers for Communion. Service Outline Preparation for Worship Call to Worship……………………………………………………… Psalm 111 Invocation Worship through…