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Events Post for the week of January 14

Lectionary Reading
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sunday School every week at TCC; classes will be offered for all ages from 9-9:45 a.m. The Worship Service will be moved to 10 a.m.


Monthly Psalm Sing, January 24 at TCC. Dinner will be provided at 6, music begins at 7. We are moving it from 3rd Wed. to 4th Wed. just this month due to a scheduling conflict. 

Youth Night, January 26, 7-9 p.m. at the Brownlee home. 

Monthly Men's breakfast, January 27, 8-10 a.m. at the Myers home. This will take place every fourth Saturday of the month. Please rsvp to myers.rh@gmail.com or 831-840-5830, so they can plan how much food to prepare.

Fellowship Meal, February 4, after the Worship Service. Bring something to share!

Ladies Book Study, February 9 and 23, 7 p.m. at the Martin home.

Sermon Notes for January 14, 2018

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Genesis 17:17-18:15

Laughter

 

God has promised Abraham descendants four times. Now, ninety-nine, and married to a woman not far behind, Abraham is again told he will have a child, and that the child will be by Sarah. By this point, Abraham sees how unreasonable it has become. He laughs at it. Sarah does the same when she hears it. This section is a unit of laughing saints who are promised a child who himself will be called laughter.

 

Overview

v. 17:17-18    Abraham had been listening to God. But when he is told the child will be by Sarah, He laughs! He offers a more reasonable solution to the affair.

 

v.17: 19-27    God is not interested in a reasonable solution. Ishmael will be blessed, but Isaac (whose name means ‘he laughs’) will come. So Abraham obeys.  

 

v. 18:1-8    God then comes back in the form of a visitor during the noon day sun. Abraham rushes to show him hospitality and great humility.

 

v. 18:9-11    This visitor, who is identified as the LORD, again promises the birth of Isaac, this time in Sarah’s hearing. She too laughs at God’s promise.

 

v. 18:12-15    God knows Sarah’s doubt. He asks the couple, “is anything too hard for me?” But the point is, the God who can open her mind to see what’s there, can open her womb and put something there.

 

Application

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Je 1:5 In naming their child “laughter,” it seems that God has been arranging the events in Abraham and Sarah’s life in order to bring them to the moment when they were ready to laugh at the excessiveness of God’s promise. Their awe was His aim. It is much the same for us. God’s work is working wonder in our hearts. There are many reasons to laugh, here are three.

 

In Christ, _______________________________. While God spends a good amount of time in the Bible and in our consciences, showing us just how sinful we are, when we get it, he then calls us saints! It is incredible, but it is made for our wonder and our praise in Christ. 2 Co 5:21

 

In Christ, _______________________________. Forgiveness is an staggering gift. It would be enough in itself. Yet God’s habit is giving us more than enough. One of Paul’s favorite phrases in Romans 5 is “much more.” Ro 5:8-10 God makes sure there is excessive wonder in His grace.

 

In Christ, _______________________________. Abraham and Sarah had offered reasonable alternatives to God’s promise. God seems uninclined to take an alternative. In fact, it seems he is moving the couple to have a faith as great as the gifts he offers. Ps 37:4 Such faith is praise.

 

Questions for Household Growth

What did Benjamin Disraeli think of noon time in Israel?

 

How is Calvin’s motto similar to Abraham’s actions?

 

Why might God have waited so long to fulfil his promise?

Sunday School class Details

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00-9:45 am, begins this Sunday.  The worship service follows at 10am.

 

Youngling's Sunday School: Kindergarten and under: 113B

Our Younglings Sunday School will be a time for fellowshipping, praying, and playing with young saints under adult oversight. Little lessons will encourage them to love God and their neighbor. 

 

Elementary students Catechism Class: First through Sixth grade: Room 122

Our Young Catechism Study will be a learning and music class based on the Westminster Catechism. Catechism comes from the Greek katechein, which means "to teach orally." So in this class Bible stories, Christian living, and godly character will be explored with these young disciples through reading, instruction, and especially through song. 

 

Youth Sunday Study: Junior High through High School: Room 210

Our Youth Study will be a Christian worldview class based on the Westminster Catechism. To catechize (Greek katechein) is to learn through dialogue. This will be a time to lay down the building blocks of the gospel: What is God? What is sin? What is foreordination? What does it mean to be male and female?  These and others are the topics on the table for our dialogues.  

 

Adult Sunday School: Everyone's invited: Room 113A

Our Adult Study will be on the life of Christ. Based on R. C. Sproul's study "What Did Jesus Do," this series will unfold a rich understanding of the work of Christ in history and in our lives. Using the study guide, our Bibles, and good discussion, come and learn about the Lord.  

New Sunday School and Worship Times

Starting this week, Sunday school is at 9am and the worship service at 10am.

Here is a note from Pastor Martin with some room details:


"Happy New Year!"

It's the time of year when people set resolutions. They will resolve to improve their health, finances, diligence, relationships and more. I want to encourage you to make a resolve that God promises makes his saints truly wise, profitable, complete. It is a resolution that is always in season - study the Word of God. 

This January 14th we're starting Sunday School. From 9:00 to 9:45 on Sunday we'll have classes to study God's Word. It's Trinity's resolution to grow in maturity as disciples. When the first disciples followed Jesus, they didn’t understand the implications of their decision. They simply resolved to learn from Him. It's the resolution to all good beginnings.
Come and begin with us. 

Younglings: Kindergarten and under: Room - to be announced. 
Littles: Elementary (1st - 6th): Room - to be announced. 
Youth: Junior and High School: Room - 210
Adults: Room - Staff Lounge

 

 

Events Post for The Week of January 7

Lectionary Reading
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HOH Meeting this Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m. at TCC.

Sunday School beginning January 14 at TCC; classes will be offered for all ages from 9-9:45 a.m. The Worship Service will be moved to 10 a.m.

Monthly Psalm Sing, January 24 at TCC. Dinner will be provided at 6, music begins at 7. We are moving it from 3rd Wed. to 4th Wed. just this month due to a scheduling conflict. 

Monthly Men's breakfast, January 27, 8-10 a.m. at the Myers home. This will take place every fourth Saturday of the month.