Agree in the Lord

photo courtesy of the gospel coalition

It was a delight for our congregation to host Shai Linne, Brian Davis, and Tim Bolognone last weekend. Brian and Tim helped us musically, and Shai brought the Word. To God be the glory!

Shai’s sermon, “Agree in the Lord” is now available on our church’s SermonAudio page. You can download it or stream it. It’s well worth your while.

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Preparation for Worship (8/29/15)

Scripture to consider: Matthew 16.13–28

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

photo courtesy of dreij

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Thought to ponder:

“I shall fight during all my life, but I shall write ‘VICI’ on my shield… Each feeble saint shall win the day; each man upon his crutches; each lame one; each one full of infirmity, sickness, and weakness, shall gain the victory… Victory! victory! victory! This is the lot of each Christian; he shall triumph through his dear Redeemer’s name.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, vol. 1, no. 6

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This Weekend at First (8/28/15)

We’re looking forward to worshiping our great Christ again this Sunday! Here’s some information to let you know what’s coming.

Sunday worship

Here are the songs we plan to sing Sunday morning:

The sermon text will be Matthew 16.13–28.

Hospitality Team meeting

Do you want to serve the church by providing refreshments, helping with luncheons, brewing coffee, or picking up free pastries? There will be a meeting of the Hospitality Team after Sunday worship, both this week and next. Please talk to Irma G. for details.

Dinner with Odir & Cynthia (T.) B.

Our missionary to Brazil, Cynthia T., got married this summer to Odir B.! They will be here this week for a little R&R before they return home to Brazil. All are welcome to join them for dinner Wednesday night at 6pm. RSVP to me by Tuesday.

Interested in Membership?

Our next New Members class begins in a few weeks. We’ll do a Friday night session as well as teach the class over consecutive Sundays. Contact Nick P. or Richard D. for more info.

Children’s Workers Needed

The Children’s ministry is looking to set up a rotation of children’s workers. Please contact Caleb K. for more information.

Interested in Helping Lead Worship?

Steve M. is putting together a team of people to help lead our worship services, and this is not just for musicians. We’re looking for those who are interested in reading Scripture or leading public prayers as well. If you’d like more information, please talk with Steve.

See you Sunday!

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Nick Peterson on 1 Peter

This summer our church enjoyed a five-part sermon series covering parts of 1 Peter. Preaching in my place was Nick Peterson, one of our deacons and an aspiring church planter here in the city. He and his family have been part of our congregation for three-plus years, and their ministry in our church has been immense.

It’s a pleasure to commend these sermons to you:

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This Weekend at First: Shai Linne

photo courtesy of Covenant Seminary

We are looking forward to having Shai Linne and two of his church planting partners with us this weekend at First.

Shai is an accomplished Christian hip-hop artist whose albums include “The Atonement” and “The Attributes of God.” He was born in raised in Philadelphia and powerfully converted in 1999 through the ministries of James Boice and Phil Ryken at Tenth Presbyterian Church. In 2010 he completed a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and has been serving on pastoral staff of Del Rey Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Shai and his wife Blair have a son named Sage.

Tomorrow (Saturday) night some of us will be gathering for dinner with Shai and two of his church planting partners, Brian D. and Tim B., to discuss how the gospel shapes our view of race issues.

Sunday morning Shai will preach from Philippians 4.1–3. Afterwards his team will present their plans for their Philly church plant in the Chapel.

I hope to see you this weekend as we celebrate our Savior who has broken down every wall of hostility in order to make us one in him.

All praise to his name!

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