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cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | October 20th, 2014

Catechism Question #42: How Is The Word of God to be Read and Heard?

PART 3:  Spirit, restoration, growing in grace. 

Question #42: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?

Answer:  With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Verse:  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.II Timothy 3:16-17

Prayer:  “Almighty and everlasting God, we pray in the name of your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. First, send a spiritual kingdom and a blessed gospel ministry. Give us devout and faithful preachers who communicate the wealth of your divine Word in truth and clarity. Graciously guard us against divisions and heresies. Do not focus on our ingratitude, by which we have long deserved that you take your word away from us. Do not punish us as severely as we deserve. Again we ask you to give us thankful hearts that we may love your holy Word, prize it highly, hear it reverently, and improve our lives accordingly. And so may we not only understand your Word rightly but also meet its demands by our deeds. May we live in accordance with it and day by day increase in good works. Thereby may your name be hallowed, your kingdom come, and your will be done. Amen.”

Martin Luther (1483–1546). A German Protestant pastor and professor of theology, Luther was the son of a mining family, intended to become a lawyer, and at first took monastic orders. On 31 October 1517 Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, sparking the Reformation. His refusal to retract his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X and Emperor Charles V resulted in his excommunication. Luther wrote many works, including his small and large catechisms, and preached hundreds of sermons in churches and universities.

From Luther’s Prayers, edited by Herbert F. Brokering, from the translation by Charles E. Kistler (Minneapolis: Augsburg Books, 1967), 97–98.

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | October 13th, 2014

Catechism Question #41: What Is The Lord’s Prayer?

PART 3:  Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #41:  What is the Lord’s Prayer?

Answer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Verse:  “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”  Matthew 6:9

Prayer: “Our Father which in heaven art,
Thy name be always hallowed;
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done;
Thy heavenly path be followed
By us on earth as ’tis with thee,
We humbly pray;
And let our bread us given be,
From day to day.
Forgive our debts as we forgive
Those that to us indebted are:
Into temptation lead us not,
But save us from the wicked snare.
The kingdom’s thine, the power too,
We thee adore;
The glory also shall be thine
For evermore.”

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 “Upon the Lord’s Prayer” in Divine Emblems (London: Bicker and Son, 1867), 14.

 

cheryl@trinityfellowship.org | October 6th, 2014

Catechism Question #40: What Should We Pray?

PART 3: Spirit, restoration, growing in grace

Question #40: What should we pray?

Answer:  The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

Verse:  ” For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:14-21

Prayer:  “Gracious and holy Father!… Unworthy we are in ourselves to appear in thy most holy presence, both by reason of the sins of our nature, and the sins of our lives, even since that time that we have had some knowledge of thy blessed truth; which holy truth we have not entertained nor professed as we should have done, but oftentimes against the light that thou hast kindled in our hearts by thy Word and Spirit, we have committed many sins…. But thou art a gracious and merciful Father unto us in Jesus Christ, in the abundance of thy love and mercy. In him we come unto thee, beseeching thee, for his sake, not to give us up to these inward and spiritual judgments; but vouchsafe us a true insight into our own estates, without deceiving of our own souls, and from thence, true humiliation. And then we beseech thee to speak peace unto us in thy Christ, and say to our souls by thy Holy Spirit, that thou art our salvation. And for clearer evidence that we are in thy favour, let us find the blessed work of thy Holy Spirit opening our understandings, clearing our judgments, kindling our affections, discovering our corruptions, framing us every way to be such as thou mayest take pleasure and delight in. And because thou hast ordained thy holy word ‘to be a light unto our feet, and a guide and direction to all our ways and paths,’ and to be a powerful means to bring us more and more out of the thraldom of sin and Satan, to the blessed liberty of thy children, we beseech thee, therefore, to bless thy word to these and all other good ends and purposes for which thou hast ordained it. And grant, we beseech thee, that now at this time out of it we may learn thy holy will; and then labour to frame our lives thereafter, as may be most to thy glory…for Jesus Christ his sake, thine only Son, and our blessed Saviour. Amen.”

Richard Sibbes (1577–1635). An English Puritan theologian, Sibbes was known in London in the early 17th century as “the Heavenly Doctor Sibbes.” Preacher at Gray’s Inn, London and Master of Catherine Hall, Cambridge, his most famous work is The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax.
From “The Author’s Prayer Before his Sermon” in The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, Volume 7 (Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1864), 337.
TFC | October 4th, 2014

Walking Partners

WalkingPartners4webDo you have someone in your life who knows you, not on the surface but in the deep places where you dream, grieve, celebrate and struggle? Where you worship, and sometimes wrestle with God? Someone who encourages you and has permission to tell you the truth in ways that help you want and know more of Christ?

This is the kind of person a Walking Partner (or two) can be. And this weekend, our guest speaker and former TFC member Rowland Forman will provide us with some practical ways to find and grow a mutual mentoring, life-transforming relationship.

This Saturday, Rowland will offer a “Mentoring One Another” seminar at TFC (Oct. 4, 9 am – noon in Fellowship Hall, coffee and rolls beginning at 8:30 am). TODAY is the last day to register, both for the seminar and child care if needed.

And Sunday, during the Connection Hour in Fellowship Hall, Rowland invites us to sit in on an actual mentoring conversation and interact with him about what we observe.

Please join us for both of these unique opportunities to “walk in love, as Christ loved us” (Eph.5:2), sharing Real Life together.

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.

Sunday at Trinity Fellowship:

Fully Alive - Joshua 8

Oct. 19, 2014