Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, April 14, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day, Missionary Scott Williquette is our guest speaker. He will preach in the worship service and present a ministry update during Family Bible Hour. His sermon from 1 Peter 3:13-17 focuses on thinking “rightly, to bank of biblical truth, when we are suffering for the Lord.” The elements of the service acknowledge…

Order of Service, April 4, 2024

Introduction This Sunday we will observe the Lord’s Table during the morning worship service. As usual, we will devote the entire service to this ordinance. Our scriptural focus will be Ephesians 2:11-13 in which Paul called his readers to remember what they were before Christ graciously saved them. Then he set in contrast their current,…

Order of Service, March 24, 2024

Introduction The church has labeled this Lord’s Day, “Palm Sunday.” It marks the beginning of Christ’s Passion Week. The sermon will consider Matthew’s account of the Triumphal Entry. The hymns chosen present a sharp contrast between the praise of the fickle crowds that welcomed him that day and the worship of those who trust him…

Order of Service, March 17, 2024

Introduction Two weeks ago (March 3), we introduced Paul’s first concern for Timothy as he set things in order in the churches in Ephesus (1 Timothy 2:1-7). The focus of the message was on the importance of corporate prayer (vv. 1-4). This Lord’s Day, we will complete the message of the paragraph (vv. 5-7) where…

Order of Service, March 10, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will conclude his sermon series that has taken us through the book of Galatians. The series was lengthy because the sermons were preached whenever pastor Thomas was away. The concluding verses (Galatians 6:17-18) remind us of our mission—a calling that includes suffering for Christ. The hymns selected for the…

Order of Service, March 3, 2024

Introduction In the second chapter of 1 Timothy, the apostle Paul began to explain to Timothy the things that he should do to set the Ephesians churches. The first order of business was the practice of corporate prayer. The hymns chosen for our worship service emphasize prayer themes organized in the well-known acrostic: A-C-T-S. PREPARATION…

Order of Service, February 25, 2024

Introduction The first chapter of 1 Timothy began with a charge Paul gave to Timothy to set things in order in the churches in Ephesus 1:3-7). False teachers needed to be silenced and corrected. In verses 8-17, Paul 1) identified and confronted an aspect of the error being taught and 2) explained the power and…

Order of Service, February 18, 2024

Introduction False teachers in the churches in Ephesus needed correction. In 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul corrected their misuse of the Law—it cannot contribute anything to our salvation. In 1 Timothy 12-16, Paul presented himself as an example of the saving power of the gospel of God’s grace given through Jesus Christ: by mercy and grace,…

Order of Service, February 11, 2024

Introduction In last Sunday’s sermon text, Paul exposed the error of false teachers who misused the Law of Moses. This Lord’s Day we will see how Paul counters their error. He presents himself as the ultimate example of the what the gospel of grace can achieve. Without law-keeping, Christ saved Paul, the very worst of…