Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, October 25, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day contains an unusual story from the life of Jesus. On his way toward Jerusalem, Jesus was rejected by the people in the city of Samaria. James and John instinctively wanted them punished, but Jesus showed them mercy. Even so, the story develops with the idea of judgment…

Order of Service, October 18, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 9:37-50) is made up of a series of short stories about the disciple’s failure. Taken together, these undergird the importance of faith that exalts Christ and excludes all selfish pride. The hymns selected for the service declare our faith in Christ, our sovereign Lord, a faith…

Order of Service, October 11, 2020

Introduction In the ninth chapter of Luke, Peter proclaimed with certainty the identity of Jesus as the Christ. Immediately, Jesus explained that he must be crucified, die, and raised. He further explained that those who trust him will see him returning in glory. In the text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 9:28-36), Jesus gave three…

Order of Service, October 4, 2020

Introduction Peter had just declared that Jesus is the Christ of God (Luke 9:18-22). In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Jesus began to explain the implications of trusting in him. “Take up your cross and follow me,” he said. To trust him is to follow him; failure to follow him has eternal consequences.…

Order of Service, September 27, 2020

Introduction Luke 9:18-22 marks a climactic and pivotal point in Luke’s account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It clearly answers any remaining questions about the identity of Jesus. He is the Christ, Israel’s promised King. It also sets his course toward the cross that must precede the crown. The hymns we will…

Order of Service, September 20, 2020

Introduction Luke 9:10-17 contains an account of one of Jesus’ most famous and astounding miracles. It is a miracle of creative power viewed in a vast public display. It served as the climactic moment in Jesus’ Galilean ministry and set the stage for a probing question he posed to his disciples, “Who do you say…

Order of Service, September 13, 2020

Introduction In the ninth chapter of Luke, Jesus’ Galilean ministry began to draw to a close. In a climactic act, Jesus sent out his disciples as an extension of his own ministry, charging them to proclaim his message of the Kingdom and empowering them to confirm the message through miraculous deeds. The hymns we will…

Order of Service, September 6, 2020

Introduction Luke laid four stories from the life of Jesus side-by-side in chapter eight. They drive us to ask, with Jesus’ disciples and opponents alike, “Who is this?” In each of these four stories, Jesus intervenes to save people in helpless distress and, in so doing, he demonstrates his power over nature, demons, disease, and…

Order of Service, August 30, 2020

Introduction Luke 8:26-39 records an encounter Jesus had with a man possessed and abused by demonic forces. Several important themes are woven throughout the story. The demoniac serves as living parable of the tragic human condition. The story also points us to Jesus who alone wields power sufficient to overcome evil. Particularly instructive is the…

Order of Service, August 23, 2020

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 8:22-25) records a miracle through which Jesus displays his authority over the created order. The disciples are left trembling at the display of unimaginable power and asking “Who is this?!” The hymns selected for the service celebrate Jesus’ absolute authority and the divine King and the…