TODAY the MACH IV Men's Ministry meeting has been cancelled due to a number of conflicts. We will pick back up in September, Lord willing.
THE LORD'S DAY is TOMORROW!
The words of John Newton's hymn are often on my mind as I prepare for the Lord's Day.
I encourage you to think on these words:
1 Safely through another week God has brought us on our way;
let us now a blessing seek, waiting in his courts today;
day of all the week the best, emblem of eternal rest.
2 While we pray for pard'ning grace through the dear Redeemer's name,
show thy reconciled face; take away our sin and shame;
from our earthly cares set free, may we rest this day in thee.
3 Here we come thy name to praise; let us feel thy presence near;
may thy glory meet our eyes while we in thy house appear;
here afford us, Lord, a taste of our everlasting feast.
4 May thy gospel's joyful sound conquer sinners, comfort saints;
may the fruits of grace abound, bring relief for all complaints;
thus may all our Sabbaths prove, 'til we join the church above.
Here are the Scriptures for use in the morning service. Please spend a few moments reading and meditating on them. Click on any of the links to read a printable version of all the selected Scriptures:
Call to Worship: Psalm 111
Old Testament: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
New Testament: Ephesians 5:15-21
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 34:17-18
Sermon Text: Luke 7:18-23
Fighter Verses: Matthew 11:28-30
Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
Tomorrow, we will be singing the hymn "All I Have Is Christ" by Jordan Kauflin. Click on the link to listen and watch a powerful animated video with the song.
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message will be posted at a later date
Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the edited service video.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE schedule is attached. We are on Week 33.
BONUS: Many these days are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccines. Earnest Christians come to different conclusions concerning whether one should or should not receive the COVID-19 shot. The majority of Christians very likely consider the answer to that question to be a matter of personal liberty and conviction. But what about the boundaries of governmental authority or employer authority when it comes to this issue? Owen Strachan, former professor at Midwestern Baptist Seminary and founding faculty at Grace Bible Theological Seminary in Conway, AR, weighs in on this subject in his podcast The Antithesis. This episode is entitled "Should You Obey Vaccine Mandates from Your Employer? A Biblical Approach to Governmental Authority". If you are wanting to think through this subject biblically, I recommend you listen to Dr. Strachan. He has done a lot of the heavy lifting already, and you will be enriched by his biblically-based study. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but I encourage you to engage with his arguments and think deeply and Scripturally about this.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon