Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, September 21, 2019

Introduction The apostle Paul brought the letter to a conclusion in 2 Corinthians 13:1-10. He spoke directly, warning of discipline for those who reject the truth. He called for self-examination, counseling the Corinthians to implement biblical change or face severe consequences. He desired the former outcome but stood prepared to launch the latter. From this…

Order of Service, September 15, 2019

Introduction The sermon text (2 Corinthians 12:11-21) for this Lord’s Day serves as an “epilogue” to Paul’s “fool’s speech” (chapters 11-12). He summarizes the main point of the lengthy speech just concluded (11-13), declares his devotion to them (14-16a), insists on the integrity of his ministry among them, corrects their misconception of his “defense,” and…

Order of Service, September 8, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text this Lord’s Day, Paul concludes what some call his “fool’s speech.” Since 11:1, he has “boasted” about his credentials as an apostle. However, unlike his opponents in Corinth, his boasting focuses on his own weakness. At the climax of this speech, he explains why weakness is his supreme credential. The…

Order of Service, September 1, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Paul advances his argument against the false teachers troubling Corinth. The section that has been called “The Fool’s Speech.” He steps into his opponents’ arena, laying out his credentials in contrast to theirs. Like them, he foolishly “boasts,” however, he does not boast about his heritage,…

Order of Service, August 25, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul pleads with the church in Corinth, “bear with me in a little foolishness.” As he closed out chapter 10, he rejected self-commendation. Yet, the situation in Corinth was such that Paul could not defend his authority, and thus his message, without presenting his own credentials. He calls…

Order of Service, August 18, 2019

Introduction With biting sarcasm, Paul calls out his opponents in Corinth for their self-promotion. In contrast, Paul’s desire for commendation from Christ alone shaped his philosophy of ministry in ways that we will explore this Lord’s Day. The hymn selection for this service will remind us of the reason we have no right to promote…

Order of Service, August 11, 2019

Introduction Paul launched a defense of his authority in the church in the tenth chapter of 2 Corinthians. In the first six verses, he revealed the true nature and power of his authority. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (2 Corinthians 10:7-11), Paul explained that the Lord gave him this authority and he…

Order of Service, August 4, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will focus on 2 Corinthians 10:1-6. This passage begins Paul’s renewed defense in which he takes aim at his opponents in Corinth who were trying to undermine his authority and his message in the church. His defense will occupy the rest of the letter. In it, Paul encourages the Corinthians…

Order of Service, July 28, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Table with a focus on Isaiah 6:1-8. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP Prelude Call to Worship     Psalm 99:1-5 Invocation Explanation of the Communion Service PROCLAMATION Hymn 288     I Hear the Words of Love At the Lord’s Table: I.   We need to see God as He is . .…

Order of Service, July 21, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will complete Paul’s discussion of the collection he was taking for the believers in Jerusalem. His instruction to the Corinthians is important for our understanding of stewardship in the age of the New Testament mission. The hymn selection will focus on the theme of stewardship, especially the fact that the…