Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, October 17, 2021

Introduction In Luke 17:1-4 (last week’s text), Jesus gave the disciples difficult instruction regarding forgiveness. Their response (Luke 17:5-6) was a plea for greater faith. Jesus taught them that God can do great things in the lives of those who have faith—even a little faith. The hymns selected for our worship service emphasize the Christian’s…

Order of Service, October 10, 2021

Introduction In Luke 17, Jesus continued to contrast the path of those who trust him with the way of the Pharisees. The focus of Luke 17:1-4 is the Christian’s relationship to others. Specifically, we must “pay attention to ourselves” so that we do not sin against others, thus causing them to stumble, and we must…

Order of Service, October 3, 2021

Introduction Luke 16:19-31 contains one of Jesus’ most famous stories, a tale about an unnamed rich man and a poor man called Lazarus. Jesus contrasted the two men in this life and the life to come. The climax of the story condemned the Pharisees for rejecting the Scriptures that point to Jesus, the Christ. The…

Order of Service, September 26, 2021

Introduction The “all-clear” has been issued in the city of Flat Rock. The difficult days following the fuel spill from the Ford plant are over. We rejoice that we can now gather in our building again! The hymns selected for the service express praise to the Lord and our joy that comes from his grace.  Mark Buhr will deliver the message this…

Change of Plans for Sunday, September 5, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters, On Thursday of this week, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Flat Rock because of a continuing HAZMAT situation discovered on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, the Flat Rock fire department and other agencies set up a staging area in our church parking lot as they began a search for the source of “explosive fumes” detected in…

Order of Service, August 29, 2021

Introduction In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus spoke to his disciples, warning them against following the example of the Pharisees. Unlike the Pharisees, his followers must invest in the eternal good of others, display their character by faithfulness in little things, and resist divided loyalties, which is idolatry. The sermon text (Luke 16:14-18) tells us that the…

Order of Service, August 22, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day our guest speaker is Joel Owen. His message is a study in Divine Providence in the life of David as found in 1 Samuel 19:1-24. The hymns selected for the service teach us the truth of God’s sovereignty over his creation and his gracious providence in the lives of his people.…

Order of Service, August 15, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 16:1-13. It contains the most puzzling parable that Jesus told: the parable of the “unjust steward.” We will retell the story but focus mainly on the clear principles that Jesus drew from it (vv. 9-13). A major theme undergirds the text, namely, that our choices…

Order of Service, August 8, 2021

Introduction It is our joy and privilege to welcome Dr. David Saxon as our guest speaker. He has served in the Bible Department of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. His message will be based on Mark 5:1-20 which records an encounter between Jesus and a man possessed and abused by demonic forces. The story…