Worship Guide | November 22nd, 2020

This week we will be back at WHES continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul addresses the cost of loving one another in Christ. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Lord’s Prayer. Please read along in the underline portion.

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day 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.

For Yours is the kingdom and

The power and the glory forever.

Amen.

Song of Invitation: God Is For Us

Song of Adoration: Only A Holy God

Scripture Reading: James 4:13-17

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Sermon: Love Always Costs You Something

Outline

  • 1: Who you love is more important than what you know (1 Cor. 8:1-3).
  • 2: But, there is one thing that you need to know (1 Cor. 8:4-6).
  • 3: How you love should flow from Who you know (1 Cor. 8:7-13).

Discussion Questions

  • Do you most need to grow in orthodoxy (knowing the right things about God) or orthopraxy (loving people because of what you know about God)? What steps can you take this week? 
  • Answering honestly, what are you unwilling to give up in order to love your brother/sister? How does this passage challenge you? How does this passage comfort you? 
  • Family Question: When is it hard for you to put others first? How does Jesus show you a better way?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Response & Sending: Build My Life & Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

Benediction: Romans 11:36

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | November 15th, 2020

It was a joy to see everyone who was able to join our Zoom Prayer Service this past week. Praise God for technology in this odd season we find ourselves in. Let’s continue to pray for our church and those affected by the Coronavirus as we prepare to gather virtually this Sunday. This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn how to make life decisions with wisdom and a proper perspective. Be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Apostle’s Creed. Please read along in the underline portion.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried.

On the third day He rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand

of God the Father Almighty.

From there He will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy, Christian church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen

-The Apostle’s Creed

Song of Adoration: His Mercy is More

Song of Confession: Lord I Need You

Sermon: How To Make A Decision

Outline

  • Step 1: In the absence of a direct command, use biblical wisdom (1 Cor. 7:25).
  • Step 2: Choose anything that isn’t sin, but be aware of the risks (1 Cor. 7:26-28).
  • Step 3: Keep the weightiness of eternity in view (1 Cor. 7:29-31).
  • Step 4: Pursue the benefit of undivided affections (1 Cor. 7:32-35).
  • Step 5: Choose the better option (1 Cor. 7:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • If you are single, how have you experienced freedom to be fully devoted to Jesus? What difficulties do singles experience that our church can love you through?
  • If you are married, how have you experienced divided devotions? What difficulties do marriages experience that our church can love them through?
  • What in your life might be dividing your devotion from Jesus? How is the Holy Spirit convicting you to respond? 
  • What practices have you found most helpful for focusing your devotion on Jesus?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of Assurance & Celebration: Jesus is Better

Benediction: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Worship Guide | November 8th, 2020

This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn how to make life decisions with wisdom and a proper perspective. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40

Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Lord’s Prayer. Please read along in the underline portion.

Our Father in heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day 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.

For Yours is the kingdom and

The power and the glory forever.

Amen.

Songs of Adoration: This is Amazing Grace & Ancient of Days

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:15-17

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. For 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. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Sermon: Making The Big Decisions With Wisdom

Outline

  • 1: Not every decision that can be made should be made (1 Cor. 7:25-28).
  • 2: Keeping the end in view brings clarity to the present (1 Cor. 7:29-31).
  • 3: Keep the main thing the main thing (1 Cor. 7:32-35).
  • 4: An unentangled heart is free to choose (1 Cor. 7:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • If you are single, how have you experienced freedom to be fully devoted to Jesus? What difficulties do singles experience that our church can love you through?
  • If you are married, how have you experienced divided devotions? What difficulties do marriages experience that our church can love them through?
  • What in your life might be dividing your devotion from Jesus? How is the Holy Spirit convicting you to respond? 
  • What practices have you found most helpful for focusing your devotion on Jesus?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Assurance & Celebration: His Mercy is More & Jesus is Better

Benediction: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Worship Guide | November 1st, 2020

This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul addresses the true calling of a follower of Christ. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: From Revelation 4:8-11. Please read along in the underline portion.

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Songs of Adoration: Crown Him & King of Kings

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Sermon: Finding Your Calling in Life

Outline

  • 1: Every Christian has a calling from God (1 Cor. 7:17).
  • 2: Our calling is not the result of our religious works (1 Cor. 7:18-20).
  • 3: Our calling has resulted in a change of status (1 Cor. 7:21-23).
  • 4: Our calling is to abide with God (1 Cor. 7:24).

Discussion Questions

  • Where do you struggle with discontentment? How does this passage speak to that? 
  • Answering personally, how does discontentment hinder your ability to serve others? How does contentment fuel your love and service of others? 
  • What tools have you found most helpful for abiding/remaining with God?
  • Family Question: What do you want to be when you grow up? How can you use that calling to love people and serve Jesus?

Communion

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Assurance & Celebration: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) & Goodness of God

Benediction