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Church Events Post for the Week of 11/14/17

Lectionary Reading
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 90
1 Thes. 5:1-11

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monthly Psalm Sing, this Wednesday, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the study. RSVP to Hope (tccsantacruz@gmail.com) if you would like to come for dinner. We will be working on some Advent/Christmas music and would love to have you join us!

Ladies Book Study, reading "Learning Contentment" by Nancy Wilson, will be held on November 17 at the Martin home; 6:30 for dinner and 7:30 for the study. 

Annual Thanksgiving Celebration will be on Sunday, November 19, after the Service.

Quarterly Parish Meals will be the weekend of December 2/3. Your parish elder will be contacting you with details. This is our seasonal opportunity to meet up in elder's homes for a meal and fellowship.

Church Events Post for the Week of 11/5/17

Lectionary Reading:
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78
1 Thes. 4:13-18

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday Bible Study, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the study. RSVP to Hua (johsens@gmail.com) if you would like to come for dinner.

Ladies Book Study, reading "Learning Contentment" by Nancy Wilson, will be held on November 17 at the Martin home; 6:30 for dinner and 7:30 for the study. 

HOH Meeting, November 9, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Monthly Youth Night is this Friday, November 10, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Brownlee home. Chili/corn bread provided; let Hope know if you would like to send a chili topping, drinks, or a treat to share!

Monthly Psalm Sing is on November 15, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Annual Thanksgiving Celebration will be on Sunday, November 19, after the Service.

Sermon Notes for “Altar”-ing the Land (Nov. 5, 2017)

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Genesis 12:1-9

“Altar”-ing the Land

So far the Bible has presented to us universal history: cosmic creation, the fall of humanity, the worldwide flood, the scattering of nations. But in Genesis 11 we now move from universal history and focus in on patriarchal history. The rest of the Bible will be the story of this one family that God picked and through whom He worked the salvation of the nations.

   

Overview

v. 1-3    When God called Abram, He filled him to the gills with blessings. We read the word, “bless” five times in these three verses, more than in any chapter before.

v. 4-5     Plumb full of blessings, Abram leaves Ur and arrives in Canaan. Along the way, men and women altered by Abram and his household journey with him.

v. 6      God called Abram to the only land on earth where the only cursed son of Noah resided. It was in Canaan that God had Abram set up his tent of blessings.

v. 7    God adds another promise to those already given Abram. His descendants will own the land where God sent him, so Abram erects an altar in the land.

v. 8-9     Journeying from his first destination, due south, Abram continues to set up other campsites, and other altars. Abram is literally “altar”-ing the land.

 

Application

Abram’s blessings are still progressing.  Since 2130 BC to 2017 AD, from when Abram received the blessing to today, God is still blessing the nations through this man’s Descendant. God is sending out those descendants in much the same way. Notice, like Abram...

God sends us _____________________________ The Bible is a missionary guide: it covers the bringing of salvation to all the families of the world. God is interested in what’s around you. That is why He chose you to live here.

God sends us _____________________________ Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies...my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5  Worship is not escape from the world, it is how God changes the world.

God sends us _____________________________ We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, Ephesians 2:10 God’s cruciform call is both vertical and horizontal: both worship of God and service to others.

To change the world, _______________________ I have called you...that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain John 15:15,16. The altar that God offers your life on is how He chooses to alter the world.

 

Questions for Household Growth

What are some amazing things God says about Abraham?

How is a “consumer” not a Christian definition of human?

How are you related to Abraham? Galatians 3:29

Sermon Notes: Soli Deo Gloria (Oct. 29, 2017)

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: John 3:27-30

Soli Deo Gloria

    During our series on the five solas of the Reformation, we have completed a look at four: sola scriptura - scripture alone is our infallible authority, sola fide - faith alone justifies a sinner, sola gratia - grace alone saves us, and last week, Solus Christus - that the source of all of this is only in Christ.

    But today we come to the consummation of the five solas. Today’s sola is the roof of reformed theology - the last Sola. Soli Deo Gloria - to God alone be the glory.

   

Overview

v. 27    John the Baptist was a man of great influence. Yet when his followers gripe that his ministry is dwindling because of Jesus, John answers with carefree contentment - We only have what God gives.

 

v. 28    “Christ” is a royal term in Scripture, usually synonymous with “King” 1 Sam 26:9. John is saying, I’m not the Lord you are looking for.

 

v. 29     As the Bride is for the Groom, so the Church is for the Christ. John is, at best, the best man. That makes him a witness; not part of the wedded pair. But being number two does not irk him, he calls it full joy.

 

v. 30    Jesus must increase. John must decrease. John can say that about his following, for he has already desired that with his heart.  He has lived Soli Deo Gloria.



 

Application

Like John the Baptist, John Calvin was also a man who spoke of a deep and abiding joy in his decreasing and God’s increasing.  Their desire was born from a deep understanding of what Soli Deo Gloria means. So the question needs to be asked. What does it mean?

 

Soli Deo Gloria ________________________. For Calvin this has nothing to do with hatred of the body, punishment of our desires, or earning merit through the powers of will and self-control. It means “I deny myself the position of being the point of my existence” Mt 16:23

 

Soli Deo Gloria ________________________. You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in the way. Is 64:5 We are only glum saints when we are obsessed with ourselves and frustrated that people don’t see how hard we are working.

 

Soli Deo Gloria ________________________.  “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”  He 12:2 When we look at God, by definition, we stop looking at ourselves. Calvin gives us good wisdom in telling us to “reckon with God every moment.”


 

Questions for Household Growth

Why did Calvin stay in Geneva? Why did he return?

 

How is the Christian understanding of self and goodness different from the worldly view of self and goodness?

 

What does it mean to be reformed?

 

Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

Events Post for the Week of 10/22/17

Lectionary Reading
Deut. 34:1-12
Psalm 90
1 Thes. 2:1-8

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday Bible Study, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the study. RSVP to Anna (annamatangelo@gmail.com) if you would like to come for dinner.

Ladies Book Study, reading "Learning Contentment" by Nancy Wilson, will be held on November 3 and 17 at the Martin home; 6:30 for dinner and 7:30 for the study. 

Reformation Feast on Sunday, October 29, in lieu of the November 5 fellowship meal. Info below!

HOH Meeting, November 9, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Monthly Youth Night is on November 10, 7-9 p.m. at the Brownlee home.

Annual Thanksgiving Celebration will be on Sunday, November 19, after the Service. This is a wonderful time of reflection and gratitude for all that God has done in our community over the past year.