Heart Prep for Sunday, February 10th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 5:1-11, the story of Peter’s call to follow Jesus. The visual theme will be fishing boats (on the Sea of Galilee), and the worship will focus on following Jesus (a call implied in Luke’s text but explicit elsewhere).

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190210 Heart Prep
Isaiah 6:1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Build Your Kingdom Here

Oh, Zion Haste

Only A Holy God

O Happy Band of Pilgrims – not available on YouTube (but it should be!)

Preparation for Prayer:
Drawn to You

Closing Worship
I Am Resolved

Scripture for Meditation:

 Matthew 4:18-20 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Luke 5:27-28 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

Luke 9:23-24 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Empowered to Connect Conference / Registration

Knit Together, Trinity’s Foster/Adopt support group, is hosting the Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast at Trinity Fellowship on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th. We will provide books, snacks and beverages for $10 per person. Lunch can be brought in or purchased nearby. Table seating will be provided to facilitate fellowship in small groups during breaks and at lunch time. Childcare will not be available. If anyone would like to help with conference preparation, please contact Gail DeGray (gsdegray@gmail.com)

You can register using the form at the bottom of this page.

Information about the conference:

The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. It features Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.

Discovering Trinity – March 10th, 2019

Discovering Trinity is a two hour introduction to Trinity Fellowship for anyone who is new to our church, investigating our church or just interested in more information. It is taught by the elders of Trinity Fellowship and is a great chance to get to know them, and for them to get to know you.

The first “Discovering Trinity” in a long time will be held on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and will include a lunch provided by the elders. Please call the church office (281-482-0577) and tell Iva that you’re coming, or speak to one of the current elders (Bob DeGray, Todd Cobbs, Frank Kittle, Joseph Norris, Doug Rask or Dan Wales).

The topics covered in Discovering Trinity include:
Trinity’s Vision and Purpose
What we believe (a quick overview of the Evangelical Free Church of America statement of faith)
How we’re structured (Elders and the General Board, Trinity’s constitution)
What is the Evangelical Free Church of America?
Trinity’s ministries and opportunities.
How to get involved (especially, who to talk to, who can we connect you to?)
How to become a member

Each of these short segments will include a time for questions, but the whole seminar will take less than two hours, including lunch. It’s a valuable time and we hope you’ll come.

Three Birds in Babylon – The Gray Havens

Three Birds in Babylon
By The Gray Havens
℗ 2018 Artist Garden Entertainment

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the great album, “She Waits.”

All video copyright 2012-2018 by Robert J. DeGray. Other imagery creative commons licensed clipart.

David Radford of the Gray Havens once did a Facebook live video in which he explained that the song is partly based on C. S. Lewis’ famous “Trilemma” – that Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic or the Lord.

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The text this week is Matthew 4:1-13, the remarkably practical account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. The visual theme will be desert (wilderness) sunrises and the worship theme is “Thy Word,” since Jesus shows us how to use the Word of God, the Spirit’s sword, to fight temptation.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 190120 Heart Prep
Worship:

Psalm 138:1-2 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Ephesians 6:14-17 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Is He Worthy?

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Thy Word

All Things New

Transition to Communion:
Jesus Paid It All – Hymn #210

Closing Worship:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God – Hymn #26

Scripture for Meditation

James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 13th, 2019

The text this week is Luke 3:21-38, where Jesus is baptized and his genealogy presented and we see that he is both Son of God and Son of Man. The worship will celebrate his faithfulness to generation after generation, and the visual theme is a lone tree, signifying both Jesus’ family tree and the fact that he alone is able to save.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 190113 Heart Prep

Worship;

Psalm 89:1-8 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” 3You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: 4‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah 5Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! 6For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 7a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? 8O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?

O God Our Help in Ages Past

Children of the Heavenly Father – Hymn #44

Your Great Name

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
(This isn’t the tune we’ll be using, but it’s a good one!)

Closing Worship:

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Hymn #354

Scripture for Meditation:

Isaiah 11:1-3 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2  And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Heart Prep for Sunday, January 6th, 2019

We’re excited to be starting 2019 by continuing our study in Luke. Our text for this week is Luke 3:1-20, where we see the ministry of John the Baptist as he prepares the people for their Messiah. The visual theme will be snowy trails, and the worship theme is “Arise, My Soul, Arise,” as we come in repentance and faith to the same Messiah.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180106 Heart Prep

Worship:

 Isaiah 40:1-5  Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Luke 24:45-47 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Victory in Jesus

Laden With Guilt

Thy Mercy

In Christ Alone

Communion Song:
Arise My Soul Arise

Closing Worship:
Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Bonus: New Lyric Video
Abide With Me – Jill Phillips

Scripture for Meditation

 Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Isaiah 58:6-7 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Abide with Me – Jill Phillips

Abide With Me
By Jill Phillips
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
From the album “Lead Me Home!”
Copyright: 2016 St. Jerome Music

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artist by buying the song or the album.

All imagery copyright 2014-2018 by Robert J. DeGray. Filmed at locations in Colorado and Pennslyvania

Luke Devotional Study – Winter 2019

As we continue our study in Luke in 2019 we are also providing devotional study materials for each week. The January / February booklet is now available.

Here is a link to the PDF Version of the booklet: Luke Study – 2019 Winter Booklet

You can pick up a printed copy at the church. Also available is a small book that contains the English Standard Version text for the Gospel of Luke – and nothing else. We’re excited to make these available.

If you would like to make a donation of $5.00 or so to offset the printing costs (and purchase cost of the Luke book) that would be great.

Spring 2019 in Luke: The Ministry of the Messiah

The Gospel of Luke

Beginning with Christmas 2018 and continuing into 2019, we are studying the Gospel of Luke. It’s been 25 years since we walked through this wonderful Gospel, so it’s time.

Part 1: The Beginning of the Gospel (Christmas, 2018)
Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah (January to June 2019)
Part 3: The Journey to Jerusalem (August to November, 2019)
Part 4: The Climax of the Cross (January to Easter, 2020)

Here’s the calendar for Part 2: The Ministry of the Messiah

January 6, 2019
Sermon Title: Prepare
Preaching Portion: Luke 3:1-20
Key Sentence: Let John’s teaching help you be ready to walk with Jesus
Objective: That we would walk with Jesus forgiveness, fruit and fear
Worship: Arise, My Soul, Arise
I. John’s Mission – forgiveness (Luke 3:1-6)
II. John’s Message – fruit (Luke 3:7-14)
III. John’s Messiah – fear (Luke 3:15-20)

January 13, 2018
Sermon Title: Whose Son is He?
Preaching Portion: Luke 3:21-38
Key Sentence: We need him to be who He is, Son of God and Son of Man
Objective: That we embrace God’s promise and its fulfillment.
Worship Theme: Faith of our Fathers
I. Divine Son (Luke 3:21-22)
II. Heir of God’s Promises to His People (Luke 3:23-38)

January 20, 2019
Sermon Title: Temptation
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:1-13
Key Sentence: Temptation is resisted with the Word of God.
Objective: That we learn from the Sinless One to use the Word to overcome temptation.
Worship Theme: Thy Word
Introduction: James 1:13-15, 1 John 2:15-16
I. The desires of the flesh (Luke 4:1-4)
II. The desires of the eyes (Luke 4:5-8)
III. The boastful pride of life (Luke 4:9-13)

January 27, Guest Preacher, Murry Billingsley
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:14-30
(This is probably not Murry’s outline, but you can use it to look at the passage)
Sermon Title: He Confronts Us
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:14-37
Key Sentence: The Good News confronts us with the ministry of Jesus.
Objective: That we would be engage in the ministry of Jesus
Worship Theme: Good News!
I. The Good News . . . . (Luke 4:14-21)
II. Confronts Us . . . (Luke 4:22-30)

February 3, 2019
Sermon Title: Missing the Point
Preaching Portion: Luke 4:31-44
Key Sentence: The merciful authority of Jesus points us to the person of Jesus.
Objective: That we would recognize him as the Holy Son of God
Worship Theme: Jesus is Lord
I. Authority in teaching (Luke 4:31-32)
II. Authority over demons (Luke 4:33-36, 41)
III. Authority over disease (Luke 4:37-40)
IV. Authority in teaching (Luke 4:41-44)

February 10, 2019
Sermon Title: The Lord’s Levels of Inconvenience
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:1-11
Key Sentence: Jesus is calling you to fuller and fuller discipleship
Objective: That we would accept, obey and follow Jesus
I. Acceptance – Can I use your boat (Luke 5:1-3)
II. Obedience – Can I tell you what to do (Luke 5:4-7)
III. Discipleship – Will you give me everything (Luke 5:8-11)

February 17, 2019
Sermon Title: The Red Letters
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:12-32
Key Sentence: Let Jesus speak to your heart the simple words of life.
Objective: That we receive cleansing and forgiveness and follow him.
Worship Theme: Cleansed and Forgiven
I. “I am willing: Be clean” (Luke 5:12-16)
II. “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:17-26)
III. “Follow me” (Luke 5:27-32)

February 24, 2019
Sermon Title: But We’ve Never Done it that Way Before
Preaching Portion: Luke 5:33 – 6:11
Key Sentence: Question tradition – but do it with your eyes on Jesus.
Objective: That we would find freedom in His orbit
Worship Theme: To Be Like Jesus
I. Devotion which centers on Jesus (Luke 5:33-39)
II. Freedom which recognizes him as Lord (Luke 6:1-5)
III. Mercy which follows his example (Luke 6:6-11)

March 3, 2019
Sermon Title: On His Team
Preaching Portion: Luke 6:12-36
Key Sentence: As disciples of Jesus, we must follow his game plan.
Objective: That we would re-orient our lives to his priorities.
Worship Theme: To Imitate His Love and Mercy
I. The Coach: Our Allegiance is to Jesus. (Luke 6:12-19)
II. The Goal: Our Reward is from Jesus. (Luke 6:20-26)
III. The Game Plan: Our Assignment is to love like Jesus. (Luke 6:27-36)

March 10, 2019
Sermon Title: The Examined Life
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:37-49
Key Sentence: Don’t miss the benefits of self examination
Objective: That we would see areas in our lives which could change
Worship Theme: Christ the firm foundation
I. Examine yourself for Godly attitudes. (Luke 6:37-38)
II. Examine yourself for Godly leadership. (Luke 6:39-42)
III. Examine yourself for fruit. (Luke 6:43-45)
IV. Examine yourself for obedience. (Luke 6:46-49)

March 17, 2019
Semon Title: Great Faith, Great Compassion
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:1-17
Key Sentence: The one we trust is powerful and compassionate.
Objective: That we would confidently place our trust in Jesus.
Worship Theme: Merciful and Mighty
I. Those with great faith have a great estimate of Christ. (Luke 17:1-10)
II. Those with great need find great compassion in Christ (Luke 17:11-17)

March 24, 2018
Sermon Title: God’s Purpose
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:18-35
Key Sentence: Fixed expectations leave us in the dark about God’s purposes.
Objective: That we would resolve to wait patiently to see God’s purposes.
Worship Theme: In the Hands of a Faithful God
I. John needed to accept God’s purposes for Jesus (Luke 7:18-23)
II. The crowds needed to accept God’s purposes for John (Luke 7:24-29)
III. The pharisees needed to accept God’s purposes for themselves (Luke 7:30-35)

March 31, 2019
Sermon Title: Broken and Spilled Out
Preaching Portion: Luke 7:36-50
Key Sentence: Our love grows in response to his great forgiveness!
Objective: That we glorify God for what he has spent for us.
I. Love Demonstrated (Luke 7:36-38)
II. Love Explained (Luke 7:39-43)
III. Love Compared (Luke 7:44-47)
IV. Love Confirmed (Luke 7:48-50)

April 7, 2019
Sermon Title: Fruitful Hearing
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:1-15
Key Sentence: Changed lives come from hearing the word of God,
and allowing it to affect us deeply.
Objective: That God’s message would affect us deeply and change us.
Worship Theme: Broken and Spilled Out
I. Changed lives . . . . (Luke 8:1-3)
II. come from hearing the word of God . . . (Luke 8:4-10)
III. and allowing it to affect us deeply. (Luke 8:11-15)

April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday

April 18, 2019 Maundy Thursday (Passover is Friday)

April 21, 2019 Easter

April 28, 2019
Sermon Title: The Way of Obedience
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:16-25
Key Sentence: The way of obedience is God’s best way for the believer.
Objective: That we would renew our commitment to trust and obey
Worship Theme: Blessed Obedience
I. The way of integrity. (Luke 8:16-18)
II. The way of intimacy. (Luke 8:19-21)
III. The way of security. (Luke 8:22-25)

May 5, 2019
Sermon Title: The Pattern of Renewal
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:26-39
Key Sentence: An encounter with Jesus turns torment to testimony
Objective: That we would see the benefits of trial and encounter
Worship Theme: Greater than a Legion of Foes
I. Torment (Luke 8:26-29)
II. Encounter (Luke 8:30-33)
III. Sanity (Luke 8:34-36)
IV. Testimony (Luke 8:37-39)

May 12, 2019
Sermon Title: A Story Within a Story
Preaching Portion: Luke 8:40-56
Key Sentence: Have faith that the same love Jesus showed to someone else in need, he will show to you.
Objective: That we would have the assurance of his love
Worship Theme: A God of Great Compassion
I. The Outside Story – Part 1 (Luke 8:40-42)
II. The Inside Story (Luke 8:43-48)
III. The Outside Story – Part II (Luke 8:49-56)

May 19, 2019 (Guest Preacher)

May 26, 2019
Sermon Title: Who Can Do This?
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:1-17
Key Sentence: Only Jesus can meet the needs of all who seek him.
Objective: That we would rely on Jesus alone for life and ministry
Worship Theme: The Bread of Life
I. Do your work in dependence on him . . . (Luke 9:1-6)
II. Don’t even try to compare him to others . . . . (Luke 9:7-10)
III. Only Jesus can meet the needs of all who seek Him. (Luke 9:10-17)

June 2nd, 2019 (Guest Preacher, Tina’s Wedding)

June 9, 2019
Sermon Title: Who This Is
Preaching Portion: Luke 9:18-36
Key Sentence: He is the Christ who will suffer: follow Him.
He is the Son who will be glorified: listen to Him.
Objective: That we would see Jesus in His Glory
I. The Christ: follow Him (Luke 9:18-27)
II. The Son: listen to Him (Luke 9:28-36)

June 16, 2019
Title: Mid-Terms
Text: Luke 9:37-62
Worship Theme: The Lordship of Christ
Key Sentence: What area of discipleship do you need to work on?
Outline:
I. Confidence (37-45) Do I have confidence when Jesus is out of sight? Do I have confidence in his plan of salvation?
II. “I” Trouble (46-56) Do I have “I” trouble in my relationships? Do I suffer from spiritual intolerance? Am I compassionate toward those who oppose me?
Ill Priorities (57-62) Is Jesus more important than my comfort? Is Jesus more important than my duty? Is Jesus more important than my affections?

June 23, 2019
Title: A Special Relationship
Text: Luke 10:1-24
Key Sentence: God’s Messengers enjoy a special relationship with Him.
Outline:
I. They are appointed
II. They are empowered
III. They are blessed

June 30, 2019
Title: Love by Example
Text: Luke 10:25-42
Key Sentence: Love is learned by example. Therefore imitate those who love. Outline:
I. The Law of Love
II. The Samaritan: Love for Others
III. Mary: Love for God.

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