Children’s Church/Family Worship 09-06-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 26:1-25

Topic(s): Freedom From the Law

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Read Romans 8:1-9 (NIV is best for children)
  2. Why do you think the Law brings death?
    1. It deals with outward works. To set our minds on outward works is to set our minds on the flesh.
  3. Why do you think people are unable to obey the Law of God?
    1. We are unrighteous by nature. As soon as we try to become righteous, we put ourselves in the place of God. Worldly religion is self-defeating.
  4. When we come to Christ, God changes our hearts and causes us to seek Him rather than seeking to be righteous by keeping rules. Jesus sets us free from the Law and gives us life.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 26:1-25 again.
  2. What evidence do you see that Saul was still a slave to the Law?
  3. What evidence do you see that David was free from the Law?
  4. If we are free from the Law, is the Law done away with?
    1. Read Romans 6:1-7

Note from the pastor to families:

From the moment we are born, we know what it means to be slaves to rules. We learn that certain actions, a cry or look, produce a certain outcome. From those moments, we are slaves to think of the world in terms of works. If we do this thing, put in a sufficient degree of effort, perform the correct tasks, sow a seed, pray well, or follow the correct religious rules, we will be successes, have better eternities, be healed, or become rich. That’s why so many people are so frustrated with human religion. They did the correct things and said the correct prayers and it didn’t work for them.

Scripture teaches us that Law-based religion does not work for anyone. In fact, it teaches that if we are focussed on obeying the Law in order to be good enough, we are dead people. When we experience new birth, Christ reorients our focus and gives us new hearts. We are focussed upon His person and work rather than our own. He liberates us from legalistic living and religion. The more we follow after Christ, the more obedient we become—not because of our striving, which is death, but because of Christ’s work, which is liberating. For freedom He sets His people free.

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September Announcements

This year has been an interesting one, but we have been able to further the ministry of the word and of our service to one another and our community. Last month, we established our deacon family ministry and have aligned ourselves more with biblical ministry. As we continue to be conformed to the likeness of Christ and His wonderful word, we will continue to grow in our biblical practice for the good of God’s elect.

Scripture is perspicuous about God’s providence. No one rises, falls, or even comes to faith without God’s determination. When we think about missions, we think about them with God’s providence in mind. Jesus alone builds His church (Cf. Matthew 16:18). God frustrates the plans of people and enlightens hearts according to His own will (Cf. 1 Samuel 2, Psalm 33). No one can come to the Father unless Christ chooses to reveal the Father to that particular person; Christ does this only according to the Father’s will (Cf. John 6:22ff).

We can strategize and work hard to do missions, and we should, but unless Christ builds His church it will not be built. We cannot build His church for Him. We understand missions to be our participation with Christ as Christ works, nothing more or less. So, we pray for God’s kingdom to come and will be done, not ours. We trust He is working all things together for His glory and the good of His elect. We serve others and tell them about Jesus for His glory alone, not to create an audience for ourselves as if we should ever build our kingdoms on Christ’s back. Soli Deo Gloria.

This month, we established our deacon family ministry. As a result our elders’ (pastoral) ministry is conformed more to God’s design. Ministry among the church body and through the church body to the community continues to strengthen. We encourage you all to serve according to your gifts and calling, and encourage those you serve to come on Sunday mornings with you as we sit at Jesus’s feet, learn from Him in all grace, and glean from God’s good word together.

Remember meal-share on Sunday afternoons following the main gathering. Join us Sundays at 12:30(ish) as we eat together and walk through Revelation.

Upcoming Special Events

Remember to RSVP if you would like to attend the missions forum on October 17, and don’t forget to order your T-Shirt before the deadline!

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

Subscribe to “The Ninety-Five” on iTunes or by clicking here.

Current Opportunities:

Audio Video Tech- to run sound and video on Sunday mornings.
Hispanic Missionary- someone to start a hispanic outreach ministry at TCATS for the growing hispanic population in the Sulfur Springs Valley.
Bible teachers- those interested in teaching the Bible or pastoring can be trained here.
Singers and Musicians.
If you have a particular calling, we will be sure you are equipped and put you to work for Christ’s kingdom.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits or place your offering in the offering box when you are at the church building. We do not take up an offering during any worship gathering.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Our Missions Vision in 2020

Get Your #sharetheson T-Shirt Today

Proclaim 2020 is quickly approaching!!!

We have been looking forward to this for a year, and it’s finally here! Christoa Ministries is paying our keynote speaker and headline musician. We want you to #sharetheson with our community this year.

You can #sharetheson by volunteering and/or by purchasing a t-shirt to help offset event costs. This concert is going to be awesome! Come enjoy the yourself and your family. We are not requiring any information from you. There is no cover charge. Stronghold Cafe will be on site. If you are a church leader or are interested in the missions forum, RSVP to get your free pastor pack.

Put it on your calendar now. Don’t forget. Set your alarm. Let’s bring this community together in grace.

Show your soul. Help support what we are fighting for, the Gospel of straight-up grace, and offset the costs of the proclaim 2020 concert. Click to order your t-shirt. You can have your shirt sent directly to you or pick it up at the concert.

Contact us if you are coming with a different church to see if we can put your church’s logo on the t-shirts for your group. You do not have to come with a church to come to the event.

Children’s Church/Family Worship 08-23-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 25:39-44

Topic(s): Serving Others

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Read John 13:1-17  (NIV is best for children)
  2. Jesus is King, yet He washed His disciples feet. Why do you think He washed their feet?
    1. He washed their feet to teach them about what it means to be a Christian.
      1. No matter how we sin, Jesus is always washing His disciples clean because they are covered by His righteousness.
  3. Why do you think Jesus instructed His disciples to wash one another’s feet?
    1. They are to perpetually forgive one another like Jesus perpetually forgives His disciples.
    2. This is possible, because we are not interested in gaining from one another but serving one another.
  4. If we build relationships based on what we can get from others, we will always be dissatisfied. If we live to serve our friends, siblings, and parents, we will have the joy of Jesus in life.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 25:39-44 again.
  2. Abigail was a strong woman, yet submitted herself to David as his wife. What do you think biblical submission is?
  3. How do you think the biblical idea of submission applies to every relationship we have?
  4. Read Ephesians 5:22-6:9 together and talk about the relationship dynamics according to Scripture.

Note from the pastor to families:

Jesus is King, yet he came to serve rather than be served (Cf. Matthew 20:28). Because we were created in His image, we were created to serve and not be served. God’s creation exists for Him, but He serves His creation by sustaining it. He serves His people by perpetually cleansing them from all sin (Cf. John 13:1—17). The world tells us only to associate with people who benefit us. We date and marry according to our own preferences and according to what pleases us. That is a philosophically selfish position. We wonder why we are so dissatisfied in our relationships on this earth; We have made them all about us rather than about God’s design and about serving others unconditionally. So, our relationships in response to God’s cleansing power are service-oriented, not preference or pleasure oriented. That is why the true Christian’s relationships are so much more satisfying than the relationships of the world—whether we are talking about marriage, friendship, or something like the relationships between an employee and his boss or a businesswoman and her clients. We bear the fruit of Christ’s cleansing power over our sin when we ask, “What can I do for you,” instead of “What can I get from you.”

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Children’s Church/Family Worship 08-16-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 25:18-38

Topic(s): God is Our Shepherd

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 2:8-9 (NIV is best for children)
    1. To whom does the whole world belong?
    2. Who owns the pillars of the earth, the power sustaining the earth?
      1. God does. He keeps all things moving and existing.
    3. Who keeps people moving and existing?
      1. God does.
      2. If we are God’s people, He even safeguards our steps like a parent who keeps her child from doing something he may not recover from.
  2. In this life, you will make mistakes and take missteps. If we are God’s people, He safeguards us from making mistakes and taking missteps that don’t work out for our good.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 25:18-38 again.
  2. Why do you think David praised God for using Abigail to stop him from accomplishing his plan?
  3. How did Abigail stop the injustice David was about to commit, and was it a godly way to prevent injustice?
  4. How do you think we can speak against the injustices of our day in a way that honors God?

Note from the pastor to families:

God is sovereign. His providence, working all things together, is a key theme through 1 Samuel. Like a shepherd watches over his flock, guiding sheep away from the danger of which they are never aware, so He guides His people. Like the parent who keeps her toddler from launching himself over the back of the couch even when he perceives no danger, so God keeps His people from making mistakes and taking missteps that do them no good. God is sovereign over our sin. Before we come to faith in Christ, He hands us over to sin through His Law so we recognize our depravity and wretchedness. He reveals Himself as the only righteous and holy one and calls us to repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness (Cf. Romans 11:32). After we have experienced conversion, God hands us over to some sin in order to keep us from exalting ourselves (Cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7-9). More are the sins from which He keeps us (Cf. 1 Samuel 2:8-9) because He is making His people perfect and complete. You might often hear a preacher or teacher command you to become perfect and righteous by keeping yourself from sin. You cannot do that by your own might or muster. God is the sovereign sustainer of His world, not us. Our sanctification is God’s work. May we participate with Him as we are sanctified. When we sin, may we recognize God’s hand in it, repent, and continue to exalt Christ alone.

Teachers: Download the notes by clicking below:

Children’s Church/Family Worship 08-09-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 25:2-17

Topic(s): Sharing

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Read Genesis 1:26; 2:5, 15, 18 (NIV is the best translation for children).
    1. For what purpose, or function, did God make people?
      1. God made people to take care of the earth.
      2. God owns the earth and people. We are simply here to take care of God’s things.
  2. Read 1 Samuel 25:2-17.
    1. Why didn’t Nabal want to share his sheep with David?
      1. Nabal didn’t want to share because he thought the sheep were his instead of God’s.
    2. Why do you think we share things with other people and give to people in need?
      1. It’s not actually our stuff. It’s God’s, and we are here to steward it instead of own it.
  3. It’s important for us to share everything we have because God is king and everything belongs to Him.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 25:2-17 again.
  2. Why do Nabal’s servants refer to him as a worthless man?
  3. What does our hospitality and generosity reveal about who God is?
  4. If we feel entitled to anything, what do we insinuate about the god we worship?

Note from the pastor to families:

In America, we have been conditioned to earn money, property, and time for ourselves. We have come to see ourselves as entitled gods. When we peer into the order of creation in Genesis 1-2, we see that God has made us stewards and not owners of His creation. Entitlement and greed are two of the deepest idolatries the human race has ever committed. When we recognize Christ as Lord, we become more generous and hospitable stewards of those things He has entrusted to us—jobs, homes, technology, intelligence, vehicles, money, and everything else we have been entrusted to steward. We experience more joy because everything we steward we steward for God’s glory rather than to exalt ourselves—He is good and provided those things for our enjoyment and good. If we do not recognize Christ as Lord, we feel entitled—jobs, homes, technology, intelligence, vehicles, money, and everything else we think we own become the means of our satisfaction or happiness. When we don’t accomplish our goals or get what we think we deserve, we become cynics and joy alludes us because we have not recognized our proper function on this earth. God, Himself, is our rest, not our stuff.

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August Announcements

We are, more or less, back to normalcy. We encourage you to think about plugging back into the gathering of believers. As more and more people get back into the church gathering, we encourage safe practices. Wear masks if you feel you need to. Air hug, and remain six feet apart. We are providing two seating options during the main services; You can participate live in the auditorium or enjoy the broadcast in the fellowship hall–where we are now having children’s church for those children who are not sitting with their families during the worship time. If you choose not to honor the physical distancing recommendations, please respect those who are. We do have hand-sanitizer and masks available for those who need them.

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul asks the Corinthian church to prove their love by giving financially for the purpose of relieving the effects of the famine in Jerusalem. Paul spent about 10 years soliciting donations for this cause; It was his personal missions project. He saw a need and made that need known.

As we continue our year of missions, we want to encourage our church members to pay attention to the needs of our community. When you see a practical need, report that need to our deacons. Beginning next month, we will have regular missions projects in our own community. These missions projects will depend on the needs you recognize and make known.

This month, we started having children’s church during the main gathering and started providing family worship material that coincides with Sunday’s sermon. Parents always know what their children are learning and are empowered to lead their children in Christ as their children’s primary disciplers.

Remember meal-share on Sunday afternoons following the main gathering. Join us Sundays at 12:30(ish) as we eat together and walk through Revelation.

Upcoming Special Events

Resources

Click here for other Bible study resources for your spiritual growth.

Subscribe to “The Ninety-Five” on iTunes or by clicking here.

Click here to download or listen to the audio for the Book of Revelation–The Seven Churches (Chapters 2-3).

Current Opportunities:

Audio Video Tech- to run sound and video on Sunday mornings.
Hispanic Missionary- someone to start a hispanic outreach ministry at TCATS for the growing hispanic population in the Sulfur Springs Valley.
Bible teachers- those interested in teaching the Bible or pastoring can be trained here.
Singers and Musicians.
If you have a particular calling, we will be sure you are equipped and put you to work for Christ’s kingdom.

Please donate online by clicking here.

If you do not give online, please remember to mail in your first-fruits or place your offering in the offering box when you are at the church building. We do not take up an offering during any worship gathering.

Remember to Subscribe to this blog and Contact us with any questions!

Our Missions Vision in 2020

Children’s Church/Family Worship 08-02-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 25:1

Topic(s): The Gospel

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Ask children if they have ever had a pet or family member die.
    1. Does death make you sad?
    2. Do you ever wonder why God allows death?
    3. Read Genesis 3 (NIV is the best translation for children)
  2. Ask the following questions:
    1. Why did God tell Adam and Eve they would have to die?
      1. They disobeyed God.
    2. Why did God make clothes for Adam and Eve?
      1. He covered the shame of their disobedience.
      2. Even though they sinned and would have to die, God cared about them and provided a sin covering.
  3. Read Romans 6:23 and tell the following story:
    1. When we disobey God, we must also die one day.
    2. But, He offers us eternal life as a gift—Jesus offers to cover our sin like God covered the sin of Adam and Eve. It’s a free gift. You don’t have to earn it or be good enough.
    3. If you believe Jesus is alive and confess Him as Lord, you have eternal life.
    4. Don’t try to get children to pray a ‘sinner’s’ prayer or ask Jesus into their hearts. Tell them to talk with their parents or guardians about what this means and invite them to ask questions.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 25:1 again.
  2. Why do even godly people have to die?
  3. What does it mean to receive eternal life by grace alone?
  4. Have you repented of your sin and believed the Gospel?

Note from the pastor to families:

It is especially important for young men and women to think about the certainty and finality of their own deaths. One day we will all die. It is an inescapable reality. When we die, we will have either built our own kingdoms on this earth and lose everything, or we will have denied ourselves on this earth and gained eternity with Christ. You cannot be good enough for Heaven. That is why Christ’s sacrifice must cover our shame like the clothes God provided Adam and Eve. When we are born again, Christ brings us to repentance and to belief in His Gospel. He frees us from sin. Though these earthly bodies will still perish, we will live forever with our maker and inherit the earth. Repent. The kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

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Children’s Church/Family Worship 07-26-2020

 Text: 1 Samuel 24:16-22

Topic(s): When You Are Bullied

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Ask children if they would like to share about a time when they were bullied.
    1. Share your own experience from your childhood—remember to keep it age appropriate.
  2. How do God’s people treat bullies?
    1. Read Romans 12:14-21—use an NIV; It’s the most kid-friendly and understandable accurate translation of Scripture.
    2. If we are in Christ, we don’t hit bullies back or hold grudges. Instead, we are nice to them.
  3. Why are true Christians nice to bullies?
    1. Only God is the perfect and righteous judge. His job is to judge bullies.
    2. We are not God, so we are not righteous judges.
    3. Read Romans 11:33-36.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 24:16-22 again.
  2. Why did David spare Saul?
  3. Why does God judge and take vengeance but forbid His people from doing so?
  4. What does God’s instruction in Romans 12:14-21 reveal about His nature and ours?

Note from the pastor to families:

God did not give the primary message of the Bible in order to get us to be righteous or change us into better people. There are many different opinions about what it means for people to be good. He gave us the Bible to show us His goodness, His righteousness. When we break God’s Law, we show that we are unrighteous by nature and hopeless without the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Christians do not act as judges in the world, here to mean condemning people based on others’ ‘sins’ or evils against them, because God is the only righteous one. We can still make judgment calls and practice discernment; If God is the only righteous one, then He is the only one who can possibly practice righteous judgment and take vengeance against those who oppress others and whose sin is not covered by the blood of the Son, Jesus Christ.

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Children’s Church 07-19-2020

Text: 1 Samuel 24:1-15

Topic(s): Sufficiency of Scripture, Peer Pressure

Questions to ask in children’s church:

  1. Who created the world, and who made you?
    1. In Genesis 1, we see that God created the world. 
    2. God created people in His image. Every child is created in the likeness of God.
  2. Who knows more about what God made, God or people?
    1. God does.
    2. God can tell us more about this world and about our lives than people.
  3. Should we do something simply because everyone else is doing it or because people want us to do it?
    1. No. People do not know as much about this world as God does. God tells us about Himself, His world, and ourselves in His Bible. So, we trust the Bible more than we trust people.

Family worship after Sunday’s sermon:

  1. Read 1 Samuel 24:1-15 again.
  2. Why didn’t David follow the advice of his friends?
  3. Why do you think it is important to recognize God’s providence and respect the way He is working together all things?
  4. Are you more like Saul, who tries to work everything out for himself and believes he is correct; Or, are you more like David, who seeks first God’s kingdom and righteousness and trusts God to work things out according to His will?

Note from the pastor to families:

There are many reasons we choose to do the things we do and live the way we live. We understand that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). God is king, and His approval is the only approval that matters. He has not only provided His instruction, but also His Gospel in the words of Scripture. Even though we have all failed to win God’s approval, He offers it as a gift through Jesus Christ. When we come to follow Jesus, we desire to follow God’s word more closely. When we participate with the church, go to work, spend time at home, or go out, we do so for Christ’s pleasure and not the pleasure of others. What a freeing and comforting way to live!

Teachers: Download the notes by clicking below: