Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, April 11, 2021

Introduction In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells the famous parable of the rich fool who tore down his barns to build bigger barns to stash his hoard for the future. The problem the rich man had was not his riches, but his worldview. He hoarded for himself and left God out of the picture, resulting in…

Order of Service, March 14, 2021

Introduction The twelfth chapter of Luke begins with a series of warnings. In 12:1-3, Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees clearly implying that his disciples should not be pressured to follow them. In 12:4-7, Jesus warned against fearing man and called his disciples to fear God, instead. Finally, in 12:8-12, Jesus specifically warned…

Order of Service, March 7, 2021

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 11:37-54), the theme of opposition to Jesus and his message continues. Jesus directly assaults the false teachers who oppose him, exposing their hypocrisy, legalism, and pride. Most of all, he condemns them for leading others astray. Their words and works were directly antithetical to the…

Order of Service, February 28, 2021

Introduction In Luke 11:29-32 (last week’s sermon text), Jesus warned against the judgment that would fall on those who rejected him and his message. In the text for this Lord’s Day, Jesus compares his message to light and speaks of its value. The hymns selected for the worship service include the theme of light, honoring…

Order of Service, February 21, 2021

Introduction The sermon text juxtaposes two paragraphs that contrast blessing and cursing. Those who are blessed hear and keep the message of Jesus; judgment awaits those who do not. Luke presents Jesus as One wiser than Solomon bearing a sign greater than that of Jonah. The hymns selected for the worship service will extol Jesus…

Order of Service, February 14, 2021

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 11:14-26) focuses on a controversy that arose after Jesus performed an exorcism. The passage does not focus on the details of the miracle, but rather the source of Jesus’ power and, thus, the identity of Jesus. In a context that weaves together themes of God’s…

Order of Service, February 7, 2021

Introduction In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus responds to a disciple’s request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” This Lord’s Day, we come to the final section of this passage in which Jesus brings this teaching to a climactic.. application. Let your life be characterized by prayer knowing that God is our loving Father who delights to hear…

Order of Service, January 31, 2021

Introduction We have spent five Sundays exploring the implications of Luke’s account of the Lord’s Prayer, petition-by-petition. In context, this model prayer introduces extended discussion of the character of God on which all prayer rests (Luke 11:5-13) This paragraph begins with a parable (5-8) followed by an explanation (9-13). Since the whole passage presents a…

Order of Service, January 24, 2021

Introduction The sermon for this Lord’s Day will explore the implications of the final petition contained in Luke’s account of the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). It is a disciple’s plea for the Lord’s protection against the persistent temptation of sin. The hymns selected for the worship service acknowledge our propensity toward sin and the Lord’s…