Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, August 9, 2020

Introduction The theme of light runs through the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 8:16-18). Light is a metaphor for truth. The truth mentioned in our text has God as its source and Jesus as both its messenger and subject. Jesus called his hearers to listen carefully to his message because it brings both…

Order of Service, August 2, 2020

Introduction People often suggest that Jesus told parables to illustrate the truths he taught. But Jesus, himself, explains in the sermon text for this Lord’s Day that he did not intend for his parables to illumine truth; rather, they concealed the truth. Only those whom the Lord calls into Jesus’ Kingdom will understand it and…

Order of Service, July 26, 2020

Introduction Luke 7:36-50 tells the story of a woman who put her love for Jesus on public display. She received from him the forgiveness of sins that comes through faith. Consequently, her great love for him overflowed like an artesian well. The hymns in our worship service express our offerings of love for the salvation…

Order of Service, July 19, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:18-35), Jesus responds to questions about his identity. He contrasts those who refuse to trust him with those who do. The conclusion of the passage displays this great truth: Jesus is God’s promised Messiah; those who trust him are wise. The hymn for this service express…

Order of Service, July 12, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:11-17) tells the story of a miracle unique to the Gospel of Luke. The central point of the story appears in v. 16, “A great prophet has arisen among us.” The Old Testament predicted that God would raise up the ultimate prophet who would speak for…

Order of Service, July 5, 2020

Introduction In our sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 7:1-10), we encounter a “wonderful” faith in an unexpected person: a Roman centurion. Several important themes are woven into the story. It foreshadows the universal scope of the gospel message. It enlarges the picture of Christ’s mighty power. It stresses our unworthiness to approach Christ.…

Order of Service, June 28, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 6:43-49) concludes Luke’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Jesus made it clear that his coming kingdom belongs to those who hear him and follow him. Learning and obeying his words characterize all who trust Christ; it is evidence of true faith. The hymn selection…

Order of Service, June 21, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day is Father’s Day. We will acknowledge the essential role fathers play in the Christian home during the service. The sermon will continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke entitled, From Bethlehem to Emmaus. The text is Luke 6:37-42, the third section of Luke’s brief account of Jesus’ famous Sermon on…

Order of Service, June 14, 2020

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin to meet again for worship. Soli Deo Gloria! We will continue to explore the life of Christ as told by Luke. The sermon text (Luke 6:27-36) is the second section of Luke’s account of Jesus’ kingdom message often called, the Sermon on the Mount. It focuses on a core…

Order of Service, March 15, 2020

Introduction Please read the Coronavirus Announcement page and note that the worship service this Lord’s Day begins at 10:00a.m. Due to the remarkable events of this week, we will pause our ongoing study of Luke’s Gospel to consider the Christian’s response to the current pandemic. We will turn to the wisdom provided by James. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship     Psalm…