Order of Service

Order of Service, June 9, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day we continue our examination of the qualifications Paul lists for he office of overseer (pastor). The list contains only one qualification of a vocational nature—everything else addresses character. The vocational qualification is, he must be “able to teach” (v. 2). We will look deeply into this essential requirement for the church’s…

Order of Service, June 2, 2024

Introduction First Timothy 3:1-7 lists qualifications for pastors. These are not exclusive to pastors. As demonstrated in last week’s sermon, the list presents characteristics of basic Christian behavior. Christ, the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), gives to the church under-shepherds (pastors, see Ephesians 4:11) to lead the congregation in Christ-like behavior (Hebrews 13:7). The elements…

Order of Service, May 26, 2024

Introduction Protect the gospel by strengthening the church. That is a summary of the point of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. The third chapter contains a list of qualifications churches should look for in their leaders. Choosing the right men helps strengthen the church—the wrong men will weaken it. We will explore this list over…

Order of Service, May 19, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day, we are happy to have Pastor Michael Riley as our guest speaker. A former member of our church, Pastor Riley and his family live in Wakefield, Michigan, where he pastors Calvary Baptist Church. He will preach about place of honor that Jesus now holds as described in Hebrews 1:1-4. The elements…

Order of Service, May 5, 2024

Introduction In 1 Timothy, Paul instructed Timothy to set things in order in the churches in Ephesus. The first order of business was to establish well-ordered worship. This was the concern addressed in chapter two. In 2:8-10, Paul discussed the way men and women are to conduct themselves in worship, offering correction to improper behavior.…

Order of Service, April 28, 2024

Introduction Last week we looked at the third of three tests given in 1 John for determining whether or not we possess eternal life: the test of love for God’s people. We saw that since love originates from God, those who have life originating from God should show the love which also originates from Him. God’s life in someone is so inseparably…

Order of Service, April 21, 2024

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will look at the epistle of 1 John where John writes to help his readers know for sure whether or not they have eternal life (5:13). To help them come to this certainty, he explores three tests which in combination expose the reality or absence of spiritual life. The tests may be captured in three questions: 1)…

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, 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…