Posts by Steven Thomas

Order of Service, February 5, 2023

Introduction: This Lord’s Day we will observe both ordinances that Jesus gave to the church by which to remember him: the Lord’s Table and baptism. Our Lord’s Table observance will focus on themes contained in the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism, themes that clearly explain the truth of the gospel: Heidelberg Catechism…

Order of Service, January 29, 2023

Introduction This Lord’s Day we begin a series that follows the doctrinal themes laid out in Brandon Crawford’s new publication, The Baptist Confession of Faith and Catechism for Dispensational Churches (based on the Second London Baptist Confession, 1689). The first topic is “The Holy Scriptures.” The morning sermon will focus on the concept of sola…

Order of Service, January 22, 2023

Introduction The sermon for this Lord’s Day is the second of two messages designed to introduce a new sermon series. The series will follow the path laid out in a famous historical confession of faith, topic by topic. Some might ask why if a document produced centuries ago is relevant for today. The author of…

Order of Service, January 15, 2023

Introduction This Lord’s Day we launch a new sermon series entitled, Truth Matters. The messages will follow the topics discussed in a new publication by Pastor Brandon Crawford, The Baptist Confession of Faith and Catechism for Dispensational Churches, which takes a fresh look at a confession of faith written in 1689. Two sermons will introduce…

Order of Service, January 8, 2023

Prayer Emphasis Sunday Introduction Each January we mark a tradition in our church: Prayer Emphasis Sunday. This Lord’s Day we will focus on the subject of prayer and be reminded of the essential role it plays in the outworking of the plan of God for his people. Each of the hymns selected helps develop this…

Order of Service, January 1, 2023

Introduction The Gospel of Luke comes to a climax in chapter 24. The dominant theme in this chapter is that the Scriptures (Old Testament) predicted both the suffering and resurrection of the Christ as the necessary prelude to the promised kingdom. At the conclusion, Luke briefly summarizes the mission Jesus gave to his followers to…

Order of Service, December 25, 2022

Christmas Day Introduction Every Sunday we gather for worship to remember the Lord Jesus who was raised from the dead on the first day of the week. This week, our worship gathering will occur on Christmas Day, a rare Sunday that marks both the beginning and end of our Savior’s first advent. The apostle John…

Order of Service, December 18, 2023

Introduction As Luke draws close to the conclusion of his book, he records Jesus’ words as he entrusted his followers with a message and mission. The message is the good news of forgiveness declared in the Scriptures and secured by Christ’s death and resurrection. The mission is global in scope, proclamational in nature, and empowered…

Order of Service, December 11, 2022

Introduction Two unknown disciples hurried to Jerusalem late on Resurrection Day to share with the other believers the truth about Jesus’ death. They learned this truth in the Scriptures as taught by Jesus along the road to Emmaus. As they explained these things, Jesus suddenly appeared among them. The account that follows (Luke 24:36-43) describes…

Order of Service, December 4, 2022

Introduction As we previously studied Luke 24:13-27, we “eavesdropped” on a conversation that took place on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first Resurrection Day. The conversation occurred between two obscure disciples and the risen Christ, though he walked with them incognito. The disciples were forlorn and agitated because Jesus was crucified. So,…