Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Town Square (for WOMEN)

Gals, are you ready to use your brains to the extent that your heart will be moved? Join us on October 16th at 6:15AM for the next installment of The Town Square. The Town Square meets for 6 weeks.

We mentioned at the beginning of the year that we would alternate between reading a living author and a dead author. Starting in October we will be digging into the depths of the rich doctrinal work of John Owen (1616-1683). Some may find him difficult to read. Some may have to read and re-read sentences to make sense of his work. This will challenge all of us – but it will be a treasure for everyone who accepts the challenge. Are you up to it? You are!

1581346492The work of John Owen that we will be reading is called – Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers (written in 1656). The book has recently been updated and has been published in a more readable version called Overcoming Sin & Temptation. Unfortunately/Fortuntately, the book in its updated form has been compiled with a few other works by Owen. The only way to purchase the updated format is by purchasing the full work.

We would encourage you to purchase the book NOW and begin reading.  Begin by reading the foreword of the book, written by John Piper. Feel free to read the preface to the work by editor Justin Taylor. You could also read the introduction to the work by Kelly Kapic. The introduction is a helpful overview of the life of John Owen and his view of sin, temptation and the Christian life.

Once you get the book, please note that we will only be discussing the first work in the book called Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers.

You can purchase the book at Amazon HERE ($19.52)

The Kindle version is HERE on Amazon ($9.99)

Are you ready to be challenged? I think you are. Fasten your seat belts and be ready for our time together on October 16th.

Buy the book. Invite a friend. Encourage others to be there. It’s going to be challenging but you are up to the challenge.

To RSVP for this 6 week study, click here.

**By the way, be thankful that the book has been updated. The full title of the book is Of The Mortification of Sins in Believers: The Necessity, Nature, and Means of it. With a Resolution of sundry cases of Conscience, Thereunto belonging.

Preparing for Worship – September 28, 2014

slideInHimThis week in Ephesians, we will be studying chapter 1, verses 13-14.

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Last week we saw how the inheritance that we have is salvation through Jesus. This week we finish the super sentence by talking about how the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance. The best way to think about this word guarantee is down payment.

A down payment can be defined as: a first payment that is made when you buy something with an agreement to pay the rest later.

In this case, when we hear the truth and God saves us through his son Jesus, we receive the Holy Spirit as the first payment of our salvation. God with us NOW. Then someday we will experience complete salvation when we are delivered from this body of death to everlasting life where we dwell with God face to face.

And again, we see that God’s purpose in all of this is that we would give him praise. Join us this Sunday as we praise God together for the work that He has done through Jesus!

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

One Hanging On A Tree (Listen | Purchase)

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

Man of Sorrows (Listen | Purchase)

My One Comfort (Listen | Purchase)

Psalm 18 (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – September 21, 2014

slideInHimThis week in Ephesians, we will be studying chapter 1, verses 11-12.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Inheritance. Just the idea behind that word is powerful. To inherit a kingdom or an estate means to take possession of it. That it belongs to you. In this case, the inheritance that we have comes to us because we were adopted (Ephesians 1:5) into God’s family. That’s even more powerful – we don’t deserve the inheritance because of any good works or because of our bloodline. We only receive an inheritance because of our adoption through Jesus work on the cross.

Join us this Sunday as we see in Ephesians all that it means to obtain an inheritance in Christ.

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Doxology (Listen)

To Praise Your Glory (Listen | Purchase)

By His Grace (Listen | Purchase)

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

Made Alive (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – September 14, 2014

slideInHimThis week in Ephesians, we will be studying chapter 1, verses 7-10.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

We know from scripture that we are all born as slaves to sin (Romans 3:23) and that all that we deserve because of our sin is death (Romans 6:23). We also know that we are completely indebted because of our sin (Colossians 2:13-14) and none of us is righteousness on our own (Romans 3:10).

But thanks be to God that through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross we are redeemed – bought out of slavery and our debt is forgiven. It is only because we are bought by the blood of Jesus that we can be united to God and given life. And He has done it!

This week, may we rejoice in God’s redemption of us through His son, Jesus!

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Rejoice (Listen | Purchase)

Mediator (Listen | Purchase)

Before the Throne (Listen | Purchase)

Jesus Paid It All (Listen & Download)

Grace Alone (Listen | Purchase)

It is Finished (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

Adoption

On August 24th we began a sermon series in the book of Ephesians. One of our talented artists (Major Chisholm) put together an entire series of paintings based on the book of Ephesians. This Sunday (September 7) we will be looking at Ephesians 1:5-6. In these verses Paul talks about our loving God’s adoption of those He’s chosen and predestined. Below is a brief statement about one of Major’s paintings called ADOPTION. Read his statement and look at the images below. The size of this painting commands the attention of the viewer, but you will have to experience that in person. Stop by the building this Sunday.

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Ephesians 1 : 5 says he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…”

I’ve long been interested in adoption.  The act of adoption points to the ability
 of selflessly grafting a child into the inheritance of the family.  This is what God has done for those who have been chosen before the foundation of the world.  He has done this in His Son Jesus.

In ADOPTION I chose to show the unconditional love of the parent to the child through the child holding the fingers of his loving parent. The child is being led by the parent to Christ.  The silver line in each of the paintings in this series represents Christ.  

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ADOPTION – acrylic – 60″x50″ADOPTIONdetailADOPTIONthumb

 

Preparing for Worship – September 7, 2014

slideInHimThis week in Ephesians, we will be studying chapter 1, verses 5-6.

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Adoption is such a powerful image. The one who is adopted is powerless in the transaction. It’s the one who is doing the adopting that brings a child into the family, gives the child a name, gives the child a home.

That’s precisely what God does for us through the work of Jesus. We, who were orphans are adopted as sons and daughters. We are made a part of His family. We are given a name. We are given a home. We are welcomed in.

This week, may we rejoice in God’s plan to welcome us into His family through the work of Jesus!

We will be learning a new song this week To Praise Your Glory. This song is almost word for word from Ephesians 1:1-14. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Praise To The Lord (Listen | Purchase)

God Undefeatable (Listen | Purchase)

To Praise Your Glory (Listen | Purchase)

Jude Doxology (Listen | Purchase)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.