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September 16: The Comfort of Grief (Matt 5:4)

This Sunday, September 16 we will continue our series in the Sermon on the Mount with the second beatitude. Here are resources for you to prepare for the Sunday morning service, as well as to reflect and pray in the following week....

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September 9: A New Greatness: Humility (Matt. 5:1-3)

This Sunday, Sep 9 we will begin a series through what is known as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Here are resources for you to prepare for the Sunday morning service, as well as to reflect and pray in the following week....

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September 2: The Living God is a Missionary God, Jonah 4:1-11

Worship PreparationWays to use this worship preparation: a. Print it out Friday and place it in your bible for the weekendb. Use it as a family devotion and time of prayer on Saturday evening. Worship Preparation - 9.02.2012  Sermon SummaryThe short book of Jonah gives us a magnificent glimpse into the missionary heart of God. Far from being a tribal deity reserved...

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Worship Prep and Weekly Worship Guides

1. Worship Preparation Ways to use this worship preparation: a. Print it out Friday and place it in your bible for the weekend b. Use it as a family devotion and time of prayer on Saturday evening. Worship Preparation - 8.26.2012  2. Weekly Worship Guide Individual and family times of worship throughout the week are a vital aspect of the Christian life. In order...

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August 19: God's Grace in the Life of Jonathan Edwards

Sermon SummaryGod uses the example of saints of old to strengthen us in the faith (Romans 15:4). As we see the grace of God in the live of others it does encourage us that despite the brokenness of humanity, God still uses people for his purposes. Seeing God's grace in the lives of broken saints encourages us to hope that God may also work in us. It also demonstrates the e...

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August 5: Longing for God. Psalm 84

Sermon Summary Psalm 84 speaks to the blessedness of communion with God. In the first apart of this psalm the writer speaks eloquently to his hearts desire to be with God in worship and fellowship. The psalmist describes the intense desire to enjoy the presence of God among the people of God. From the content of the Psalms it appears that he is outside the city of Jerusal...

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July 8: I Wait Patiently. Psalm 40

Sermon SummaryThis psalm is seeking to fortify the believer's hope in the midst of present trials by rehearsing the past mercies of God. David, a friend of God who is facing great trials, goes back to God's past acts of deliverance to remind himself of God's faithfulness even when he was faithless. After mentally reviewing all of God's past acts of mercy, David's hope is a...

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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 17, Have You Forgotten Me? Psalm 42-43

As we continue our "Cry of the Soul" series through the Psalms, we will consider Psalm 42-43 this week. The writer is in a desperate place as he feels forsaken by God, taunted by his enemies, and overwhelmed with the trials of life. He feels attacked from within and without, which leads to his heartfelt cry: "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil wit...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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