Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, May 22, 2022

Introduction This Lord’s Day we continue our study of Luke’s account of the Olivet Discourse. Jesus explained that the current age that climaxes with his Second Coming will be characterized by persecution. It is not easy to follow Jesus. But the seasons of persecution bring opportunity to bear witness for the Name of Jesus. The…

Order of Service, May 15, 2022

Introduction This Lord’s Day we welcome Dr. Gerald Priest as our guest speaker. He the retired professor of homiletics (preaching) and church history at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He will deliver a message based on the life of Daniel contained in Daniel chapters 1, 6, and 9. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship:     Psalm…

Order of Service, May 8, 2022

Introduction The sermon passage for this Lord’s Day (Luke 21:5-11) introduces Luke’s account of Jesus’ extended teaching about his Second Coming. It is known as the Olivet Discourse. It extends through 21:36. We will work our way through this important passage in a series of six messages. Each of our hymns was selected because it…

Order of Service, May 1, 2022

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 20:41-21:4. At first glance, it seems to contain three unrelated mini-stories of the events that occurred during Christ’s Passion Week. Upon closer examination, they are related. The religious leaders had been questioning Jesus, attempting to entrap him so that they could condemn him. In Luke…

Order of Service, April 24, 2022

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Table by rehearsing the storyline of the Bible. The story begins with God’s purpose in Creation. This sets the overarching theme of the Bible: the glory of God. However, soon afterward came the Fall, when we rebelled and marred the glory of God seen in his…

Order of Service, April 10, 2022

Introduction This Lord’s Day is traditionally known as “Palm Sunday,”—the day Jesus entered Jerusalem at the beginning of his Passion Week. It is fitting that our sermon text describes an encounter Jesus had with his opponents near the end of that week. They approached Jesus with a question about the resurrection. It was an attempt…

Order of Service, April 3, 2022

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 20:20-26), Jesus’ enemies plot to trick him into saying something they could use to condemn him. Jesus did not take the bait. Instead, he replied with the famous words, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”…

Order of Service, March 27, 2022

Introduction Our speaker this Lord’s Day is Mark Buhr. He will continue his sermon series through Galatians. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship:     Psalm 73:24-26 Invocation Hymn Insert      Give Praise to God PROCLAMATION Hymn 70      O for a Heart to Praise My God Scripture Reading     Romans 5:1-11 Pastoral Prayer Hymn 137      When I Survey…

Order of Service, March 20, 2022

Introduction Our speaker this Lord’s Day is Mark Buhr. He will continue his sermon series through Galatians. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship:     1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Invocation Hymn Insert      I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art PROCLAMATION Hymn 362     Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me Scripture Reading     Romans 3:21-31 Pastoral Prayer Hymn 150     …