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cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | September 29th, 2014

Catechism Question #39: With What Attitude Should We Pray?

PART 3: Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #39: With what attitude should we pray?

Answer:  With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

Verse:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Phil. 4:6

Prayer:  “The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

C. S. Lewis (1898–1963). A fellow in English literature at Oxford University as well as chair of English at Cambridge University, Lewis wrote literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, as well as theology. His most well known works are Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Chronicles of Narnia. A member of the Church of England, his conversion to Christianity was influenced by his Oxford colleague and friend J.R.R. Tolkien.

From Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (Orlando: Harcourt, 1964), 82.

TFC | September 26th, 2014

TFC 38th Anniversary: Walking Together

WalkingPartners4webIn 1976 Dr. Ed Blum (then professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and teaching pastor at Believers Chapel in Dallas) and Dr. Alan Hull (Dallas nephrologist), with the blessing of Believers Chapel, led a dozen folks on a new adventure. The group was committed to a vision of life together that involved an honest and courageous fellowship that flowed out of a vibrant fellowship with God through Christ in the unity and power of the Holy Spirit. And so Trinity Fellowship was birthed and named from 1 John 1:3: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us.

Thirty-eight years later we are still blessed by the joy of walking together, sharing in the fellowship of life with Jesus Christ. Thousands of lives have intersected with stories of grace and mercy and love under the guiding truth of God’s Word and the faithful celebration of the Eucharist. And we will celebrate God’s faithfulness to us this Sunday.

As we’ve done for many years, we also celebrate baptisms and have a catered picnic on our anniversary Sunday. Plan on being a part of our baptism service following the connection hour outside in our holy cattle trough, followed by great fellowship in the beauty of the Texas fall weather with a catered BBQ picnic for $5 per plate. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs.  We will have a few tables set up for those who can’t get on the ground.

We are thrilled to have Rowland Forman, long time friend and former member of TFC during his DTS study years, with us during our anniversary.  Drawing on his ministry giftedness and recent book on mentoring, Rowland will encourage us to continue to develop strong fellowship through the spiritual discipline of friendship and mutual mentoring. He’ll also lead a follow up class discussion during the connection hour (in the fellowship hall, 11:15-12:15). And, he’ll present even more practical skills in a seminar next Saturday at TFC (Oct. 5, 9 am – noon). Register in advance. Invite friends. This promises to be a great learning experience for intentional discipleship through mutual mentoring. And if that isn’t enough, Rowland has graciously offered to schedule follow up personal mentoring or coaching visits with individuals or small groups on the topic of mentoring during his time in Dallas. You can visit with Rowland personally this Sunday or contact the church office if interested in such a visit.

Whether you have been around from the beginning, or are new to the family it will be a joy to celebrate together God’s faithfulness to us as a church as we continue to share the real of Christ together at Trinity Fellowship Church.

Grace and peace,

Keith

Keith Hileman, Pastor
Trinity Fellowship Church

TFC | September 23rd, 2014

Catechism Question #39: With What Attitude Should We Pray?

PART 3: Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #39: With what attitude should we pray?

Answer: “With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.”

Verse: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Phil. 4:6

Prayer:   The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

C. S. Lewis (1898–1963). A fellow in English literature at Oxford University as well as chair of English at Cambridge University, Lewis wrote literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, as well as theology. His most well known works are Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Chronicles of Narnia. A member of the Church of England, his conversion to Christianity was influenced by his Oxford colleague and friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
From Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (Orlando: Harcourt, 1964), 82.
TFC | September 13th, 2014

Catechism Question #37: How does the Holy Spirit help us?

PART 3: Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #37: How does the Holy Spirit help us?

Answer: “The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.”

Verse:   Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Ephesians 6:17-18

Prayer:  AND now, O Holy Spirit, love of God, who proceedest from the Almighty Father and his most blessed Son, powerful advocate, and sweetest comforter, infuse thy grace, and descend plentifully into my heart; enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling, and scatter there thy cheerful beams! dwell in that soul which longs to be thy temple; water that barren soil, over-run with weeds and briars, and lost for want of cultivating, and make it fruitful with thy dew from heaven…. O that it may please thee to come to me, thou kindest comforter of mourning souls, thou mighty defence in distresses, and ready help in time of need. O come thou purger of all inward pollutions, and healer of spiritual wounds and diseases. Come, thou strength of the feeble, and raiser of them that fall. Come, thou putter down of the proud, and teacher of the meek and humble…. Come, come, thou hope of the poor, and refreshment of them that languish and faint…. Come, Holy Spirit, in much mercy, come, make me lit to receive thee, and condescend to my infirmities, that my meanness may not be disdained by thy greatness, nor my weakness by thy strength: all which I beg for the sake of Jesus Christ, my only Saviour, who in the unity of thee, O Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth with the Father, one God, world without end.

Augustine of Hippo (354–430). Bishop of Hippo in Roman North Africa, philosopher, and theologian, Augustine is considered a saint and Doctor of the Church by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He wrote an account of his conversion in his Confessions, his most known work, but he is also one of the most prolific Latin authors in terms of surviving works with hundreds of separate titles (including apologetic works, texts on Christian doctrine, and commentaries) and more than 350 preserved sermons.

 

TFC | August 31st, 2014

Catechism Question #36: What Do We Believe About The Holy Spirit?

PART 3: Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #36: What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

Answer:  That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

Verse:  “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:16-17

Prayer:  “We desire to thank you heavenly Father for the marvelous resources that you have given to us through the Holy Spirit. We thank you that each of us who has come to put our trust in Jesus Christ has the privilege of the indwelling Spirit. We pray that he may so fill us as to show Christ to us and to form Christ in us from day to day. We ask these things for ourselves and for one another for the glory of your great name.”

John Stott (1921–2011). An English Anglican preacher who for many years served as rector of All Souls Church in London, Stott was one of the principal framers of the Lausanne Covenant (1974). His numerous books include Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ.
From the end of the sermon “The Work of the Spirit” on John 16:5–15, recorded 18th August 2002, available from www.allsouls.org.
cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | August 24th, 2014

Catechism Question #35: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

PART 2: Christ, redemption, grace.

Question #35: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

Answer:  All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

Verse:  “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”  Titus 3:4-6

Prayer:  May God have mercy upon us all, and by his Spirit open our eyes to see the glory of the cross.”

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981). A Welsh medical doctor and Protestant minister, Lloyd-Jones is best known for preaching and teaching at Westminster Chapel in London for thirty years. He would take many months, even years, to expound a chapter of the Bible verse by verse. Perhaps his most famous publication is a 14 volume series of commentaries on Romans.
From The Cross (Wheaton: Crossway, 1986), 83.
TFC | August 17th, 2014

Catechism Question #34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

PART 2: Christ, redemption, grace.

Question #34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

Answer:  Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

Verse:  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” I Peter 2:9-12

Prayer:  “There is so much mercy in the heart of God for his people, and…Jesus his Son has by his blood made so living a way for us that we might enjoy it, and the benefit of it for ever…. To that end is this goodness revealed: “Let Israel hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.” Hope! who would not hope to enjoy life eternal?… Did but the people of God see to what they are born, and how true the God of truth will be to what by his word they look for at his hands, they would…groan earnestly under all their enjoyments to be with him, who is their life, their portion, and their glory for ever. But we profess, and yet…long not for the coming of the day of God; we profess the faith, and yet by our whole life show to them that can see, how little a measure of it we have in our hearts. The Lord lead us more into the power of things; then shall the virtues of him that has saved us, and called us out of darkness into his marvelous light, and the favour of his good knowledge, be made known to others far otherwise than it is. Amen.”

John Bunyan (1628–1688). Known as the tinker of Elstow, Bunyan underwent a dramatic conversion experience and became a leading Puritan preacher. As his popularity grew, Bunyan increasingly became a target for slander and libel and was eventually imprisoned. It was during his time in prison that he commenced his best known work The Pilgrim’s Progress, first printed in 1678.

From “Israel’s Hope Encouraged” in The Works of that Eminent Servant of Christ Mr. John Bunyan, Volume 3 (Edinburgh: Sands, Murray & Cochran, 1769), 416–417.

TFC | August 10th, 2014

Catechism Question #33: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

PART 2: Christ, redemption, grace.

Question #33: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

Answer:  No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

Verse:  “Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.” Galatians 2:16

Prayer:  “Glory in Christ. Glory not in your own faith, your own feelings, your own knowledge, your own prayers, your own amendment, your own diligence. Glory in nothing but Christ. Alas! The best of us know but little of that merciful and mighty Saviour. We do not exalt Him and glory in Him enough. Let us pray that we may see more of the fullness there is in Him.”

John Charles Ryle (1816–1900). The first Anglican bishop of Liverpool, Ryle’s appointment was at the recommendation of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. As well as being a writer and pastor, Ryle was an athlete who rowed and played cricket for Oxford University. He also was responsible for the building of over forty churches.
From Holiness (Lightning Source, 2001), 115.
TFC | August 3rd, 2014

Catechism Question 32: What Do Justification and Sanctification Mean?

PART 2: Christ, redemption, grace.

Question #32: What do justification and sanctification mean?

Answer:  Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

Verse:  “To God’s elect…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”  I Peter 1:1-2

Prayer:  Grant, Almighty God, that as we carry on a warfare in this world, and as it is thy will to try us with many contests,—O grant, that we may never faint, however extreme may be the trials which we may have to endure: and as you have favored us with so great an honor as to make us the framers and builders of thy spiritual temple, may everyone of us present and consecrate himself wholly to thee…so that thou mayest be worshipped among us perpetually; and especially, may each of us offer himself wholly as a spiritual sacrifice to thee, until we shall at length be renewed in thine image and be received into a full participation of that glory, which has been attained for us by the blood of your thy only-begotten Son. Amen.”

John Calvin (1509–1564). A theologian, administrator, and pastor, Calvin was born in France into a strict Roman Catholic family. It was in Geneva however where Calvin worked most of his life and organized the Reformed church. He wrote The Institutes of the Christian Religion, the Geneva Catechism, as well as numerous commentaries on Scripture.
From Calvin’s Bible Commentaries: Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai, translated by John King (Forgotten Books, 1847), 251.
TFC | July 31st, 2014

Connection Sunday – August 24

Connect in relationshipsSunday, Aug. 24 is Connection Sunday at TFC. During worship, we’ll look at connecting through Spiritual Friendship in John 17. Then stop by the Fellowship Hall for a bite to eat and our annual Connection Fair, where you’ll get a chance to preview places to connect at TFC for the upcoming school year. All Connection Groups will be represented: home groups, men’s and women’s Bible studies, Multigenerational Choir, and Sunday and Wednesday Children’s, Youth and Adult Connection Groups. In addition, you’ll be able to visit with folks about our various ministries: men’s, women’s, children’s, youth, music and Primetimers. There’s a place for you to connect at TFC. You belong!

Sunday at Trinity Fellowship:

Fully Alive - Joshua 6

Oct. 4,, 2014