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The Children Can Follow Jesus: Children's Ministry at Christ Covenant

Ministry to children at Christ Covenant aims to make disciples of young children. Our theology says God saves children and our experience confirms that the our desire to make disciples of children is not out of reach....

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What Will You Do In 2016?

The transition from one year to the next is a good time to assess the various spheres of our lives and to evaluate the health of our relationships to God and others. Here are some resources to help you with that...

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The Golden Rule Applied to Prayer

The second great command is not, “Pray for your neighbor.” Rather, the command is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Yet one of the clearest reflections of this love is our praying on behalf of one another. There is no better way to love another than to make intercession for them, specifically that their faith would not fail when under assault....

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October 12: A Sermon on the Sea (Matt 13:1-23)

This coming Sunday, October 12, we will consider Jesus' second sermon, "the sermon on the sea," regarding the various sorts of responses to the good news of the kingdom. Here are some resources to help you prepare....

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July 1, What Can Man Do to Me? Psalm 56

Sermon SummaryIn Psalm 56, David speaks to the despair over deep threats from his enemies. The question before us is, how should we respond to people who attack, back stab, or through misinterpretation wound us deeply? How can we face our fear of others? As David draws us into the struggles of his life, we see him crying out in a prayer for deliverance to God. He lays his ...

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June 24, Show Me Your Compassion. Psalm 103

This Sunday we will consider Psalm 103. This psalm is an outburst of personal and corporate praise in response to the character of God. We look at Psalm 103 as a call for Christians to regularly meditate on the character and goodness of God. His love towards us in Christ should be a constant point of reflection and celebration....

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June 10: Out of the Depths. Psalm 130

Use this sermon summary to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, June 10. We will be learning from Psalm 130 which reveals to us the heart of a person who is severely pained by consciousness of their own sin. The hope of the psalmist is that God will demonstrate mercy, that he will reveal his plentiful redemption and restore the joy of salvation....

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Top Ten Evangelism Tips

Tim Keller gives these ten practical suggestions for engaging in gospel conversations with friends. What's notable about this list is how incredibly simply it is. You should definitely incorporate his advice here....

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June 3: How Long, O Lord? Psalm 13

Use this sermon summary to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, June 3. This week we begin a new series focusing on the Psalms. The psalms are a unique gift to the church. They are written from the vantage point of man's approach to God in times of crises, in times of joy, fear, confession, and the many other experiences of life. Psalm 13 stands...

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May 27: The Tender Affection of Jesus, Matthew 12:15-21

Use this sermon summary to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, May 27. Just before we transition to a series through the book of Psalms, we will make one last stop on Matthew 12:15-21....

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Christ Church Update

In the midst of all the responsibilities of a church planter, Daniel took a few minutes to let us know how things are going in Rolesville and to tell us how we can being praying for Christ Church. ...

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Pray for Mothers this Week

Take time this week to pray for women in our body who are busy mothering as well as for those who wish to be mothers. We are grateful to God for the way that so many women among us are walking out the gospel in the way that they mother. Let's pray for them....

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May 13: Tempting the Son of God, Matthew 4:1-11

Use this sermon summary to prepare your heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, May 13. As we continue our series through the first few chapters of Matthew, we learn this week about Christ's temptation in the wilderness....

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May 6: Affirming the Beloved Son, Matthew 3:17-17

Use this sermon summary in order to prepare you heart and mind for our worship gathering on Sunday, May 6. We will be continuing our series through the first four chapters of Matthew. This week we "listen in" as God speaks a word of affirmation over the divine Son....

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Updates from Haiti

Our church supports a ministry in Haiti that is directed by one of our own members, Stan Wiebe. Click here to find some updates regarding the work in Haiti....

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April 29: Celebrating God's Grace Together

We will take a break from our Matthew series this week in order to celebrate the launch of Christ Church Rolesville. Below is a summary of what Tom and Daniel will preach about this Sunday, as well as some questions to help you think about our gathering and discuss it with others after the service....

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April 22: Jesus Christ - A Coming King, Matthew 3:1-12

Read this sermon summary in order to prepare you heart and mind for the service on Sunday, April 22. We will be continuing our series in Matthew, observing how John the Baptist preached repentance in order to prepare people for Jesus Christ, the coming King. Consider whether or not you are practicing repentance as a citizen of the new kingdom that Jesus has established....

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April 15: Jesus Christ-A Despised King, Matthew 2:13-23

This week we will continue the Matthew series, learning in 2:13-23 about Jesus' family fleeing to Egypt to escape persecution, and how God provided for the fulfillment of the promises through Christ. Please use the worship preparation here to prepare your family for worship on Sunday morning....

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April 1 - Like a Grain of Wheat: John 12:20-26

As we gather for the Palm Sunday service, Tom will take a break from our study in Matthew and turn instead to John's gospel. In the text for this week Jesus reveals that the path to glory is through suffering and even death. Of course he was speaking primarily of his own death the following week, although he was also establishing a pattern of suffering and glory for all wh...

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Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

Take a few moments this week to prepare your hearts and minds by remembering all that Christ has done on our behalf and for the glory of his Father. Remember the depths of your sin and the heights of God's grace and mercy in Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6)....

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March 25: Jesus Christ: The Shepherd King: Matthew 2:1-12

This week at Christ Covenant, Tom will continue in the series Matthew: Promises Kept. The text for this week records how Jesus was received and worshiped not first of all by Jews, but by Gentiles who were strangers to the promise of the Messiah. To receive Christ is not simply to be aware of him, but to have a heart that is devoted to him....

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1 John and The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

We have been going through the letter of 1 John in our adult education class currently. This week we come to the familiar verses about that command "Do not love the world!" What does that mean? Are we supposed to eschew everything around us and retreat into spiritual hermitage? Certainly not! We are to move within the world with new affections that are fixed not on the thi...

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March 18: Jesus Christ-God With Us: Matthew 1:18-25

This week at Christ Covenant, Tom will continue in the series Matthew: Promises Kept. The text for this week proclaims the birth and the naming of our promised Savior, who has come to save us from our sins. Take some time to read the text and consider the sermon summary....

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Marital Love Looks Like This

What Did You Expect? is a book by Paul Tripp about how difficult it can be to love and cherish your spouse in the midst of the day-to-day realities of marriage. Here is a list of 22 descriptions of what that day-to-day kind of love looks like in a marriage....

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March 11: Jesus Christ, Son of Abraham: Matthew 1:1-17

This week at Christ Covenant, we will begin a new series through the first 4 chapters of Matthew. You can use the material here to prepare you and your family for worship, and you will also find fellowship starters to help you discuss the sermon with others....

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Hidden in the Heart

One of the consequences of the internet-trained brain seems to be an inability to hide very much - not much of the Word of God, to be sure - in our hearts. That results in a crippling weakness in the battle for godliness....

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March 4: Luke Akins

This Sunday the candidate for the Family Pastor position, Luke Akins, will be speaking. The selection of a pastor is a profoundly important decision in the life of the church. Below you can learn more about Luke and his family, and about the process of selecting a pastor....

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Coming Up: Matthew Sermon Series

Beginning March 11, these sermons through the first few chapters of Matthew will show how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of so many promises in the Old Testament. We will learn to honor Christ as our King, worship him as the Son of God, and follow in the path of faith that he has marked out for us....

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A Community of Counselors: Colossians 3:12-17

The February 26 sermon addresses how God has designed the church to function as a community of people who are counseling one another. Paul says in Romans 15:14, "My brothers, you yourselves are filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another." The church must take this call to heart....

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Pray Without Ceasing: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

The February 12 sermon addresses Praying Without Ceasing. Here is a summary of the teaching and some questions to help you in discussing the content of the sermon....

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He Washed My Eyes With Tears

He washed my eyes with tears that I might see,The broken heart I had was good for me;He tore it all apart and looked inside,He found it full of fear and foolish pride.He swept away the things that made me blind,And then I saw the clouds were silver lined;And now I understand 'twas best for me,He washed my eyes with tears that I might see. He washed my eyes with tears that...

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Living With Mission: Philippians 1:19-30

Keith Smith continues the Life Together series preaching on Philippians 1:19-30 and the call for Christians to live missional lives. Check out the brief sermon summary and fellowship starters....

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Unity in Our Diversity: Ephesians 4:1-6

As we continue the Life Together series on January 29, we will focus on the role of unity in the midst of our diversity. Get the sermon summary and fellowship starters from this teaching on Ephesians 4:1-6. ...

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The Worth of Service: Mark 10:35-45

The teaching on January 22 was entitled The Worth of Service. Jesus redefined greatness for his people as a calling to serve even as he served. Here are some questions to help you discuss this redefinition with others....

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The Word in Worship

In the teaching on January 15, Tom called us to join him in committing ourselves to delight in Christ through the Word this year. Once way to do this would be to try a Bible reading plan that takes you through the New Testament, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week....

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News and Announcements

News, Events & Information Adult Sunday School   Sunday mornings, 9:00 a.m. We began a new series on January 9 on the topic of personal finances.  As Pastor Tom mentioned recently in his sermon on Malachi 3, our use of the resources that God has entrusted to us is a “window into our souls”.  The goal of this class is that we would grow...

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More on Fasting

We hope you are all looking forward to the fast, which will begin at sundown this coming Friday, with excited anticipation. This is a great opportunity for us to seek God, labor in prayer, and set aside the desires of the flesh for greater things. ...

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24 Hour Fast - January 13

On Friday, January 13, we will meet to pray and initiate a 24-hour fast. Our desire is to humble ourselves before God and express our absolute dependence upon him as we move forward with the efforts to plant a church in Rolesville, NC. We will meet at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary....

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Bible Reading Plans

For those of you thinking about devoting greater attention to the Word in 2012, here is a compilation of great resources for you to consider using as tools....

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Sermon Series: Far as the Curse is Found

"Far as the Curse is Found" is a sermon series for the Advent season that will trace God's place of redemption from the Garden of Eden to the restoration of all creation....

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Fall Festival Rescheduled

Due to weather, this past Monday night's Fall Festival has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday, November 5 from 5:00pm-8:00pm....

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Daily Marriage Commitments

Here's a really helpful list of ways that husbands and wives should commit to serving each other every day....

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Refugee Video

Check out this video that explains our ministry to the Karen refugees....

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Malachi: God's Messenger

Our new sermon series through the book of Malachi will begin on Sunday, September 18. Keep reading to see the texts for upcoming weeks....

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