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Order of Service, October 3, 2021

Introduction Luke 16:19-31 contains one of Jesus’ most famous stories, a tale about an unnamed rich man and a poor man called Lazarus. Jesus contrasted the two men in this life and the life to come. The climax of the story condemned the Pharisees for rejecting the Scriptures that point to Jesus, the Christ. The…

Change of Plans for Sunday, September 5, 2021

Dear brothers and sisters, On Thursday of this week, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Flat Rock because of a continuing HAZMAT situation discovered on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, the Flat Rock fire department and other agencies set up a staging area in our church parking lot as they began a search for the source of “explosive fumes” detected in…

Order of Service, August 29, 2021

Introduction In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus spoke to his disciples, warning them against following the example of the Pharisees. Unlike the Pharisees, his followers must invest in the eternal good of others, display their character by faithfulness in little things, and resist divided loyalties, which is idolatry. The sermon text (Luke 16:14-18) tells us that the…

Order of Service, August 15, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day is Luke 16:1-13. It contains the most puzzling parable that Jesus told: the parable of the “unjust steward.” We will retell the story but focus mainly on the clear principles that Jesus drew from it (vv. 9-13). A major theme undergirds the text, namely, that our choices…

Order of Service, August 8, 2021

Introduction It is our joy and privilege to welcome Dr. David Saxon as our guest speaker. He has served in the Bible Department of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. His message will be based on Mark 5:1-20 which records an encounter between Jesus and a man possessed and abused by demonic forces. The story…

Order of Service, July 18, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day tells one of the best known and best-loved stories in the Gospels: the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Close look at the text and its context reveals that is not just a story about son who went astray, but it is primarily about a second…

Order of Service, May 9, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will honor mothers in the worship service in keeping with the national holiday. The sermon, however, will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Luke 13:1-9 is a passage that expands the final thought of chapter 12: “Settle accounts with God before it is too late” (Luke 12:57-59). The…

Order of Service, April 18, 2021

Introduction In Luke 12:13-21 (the sermon text for last Sunday), Jesus challenged his followers to resist covetousness because those who covet value the creation above the Creator. Rather than working to amass treasure for self, the follower of Jesus must be “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21).  The following passage (for this Lord’s Day sermon) explains…

Order of Service, January 17, 2021

Introduction Luke 11:1-13 tells us about Jesus training his disciples regarding prayer. As we begin 2021, our study of the Gospel of Luke has slowed down so that we can savor Jesus’ teaching in this passage, thus making January a “prayer emphasis month.” In the service this Lord’s Day, we will focus on the fourth…