Worship Guide | May 9th, 2021

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! This week we will be live-streaming only as we finish up what’s been over a year in 1st Corinthians. We are truly saddened that we cannot gather together but would encourage you to invite others into your home as we still worship, sit under the teaching of God’s word, and take communion together. Also, 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 with mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity. Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.

The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 147:1-7

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!

Come Thou Fount

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon: Gospel-Fruit Of A Healthy Church

Outline

1: The Gospel produces systematic and sacrificial generosity (1 Cor. 16:1-4).
2: The Gospel produces relationship driven missions (1 Cor. 16:5-7).
3: The Gospel produces opportunity driven and obstacle enduring ministry (1 Cor. 16:8-9).
4: The Gospel produces open-handed care for ministry partners (1 Cor. 16:10-12).
5: The Gospel produces a steel spine and a soft heart (1 Cor. 16:13-14).
6: The Gospel produces support for the servants (1 Cor. 16:15-16).
7: The Gospel produces honor for the leaders who encourage (1 Cor. 16:17-18).
8: The Gospel produces unity with the extended family (1 Cor. 16:19-21).
9: The Gospel produces missional warnings and longings (1 Cor. 16:22-24).

Discussion Questions

  • Which of the fruits of the Gospel listed today do you most long to grow in? 
  • Which fruit do you most long for our church to grow in?

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: Goodness of God

Benediction: 1 Corinthians 16:23-24

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Worship Guide | April 25th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about the rest we receive because of the resurrection. 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 15:50-58

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Based on 1 Peter 1:3-5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade– kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this, greatly rejoice!

Christ is All

Song of Adoration: Only A Holy God

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Sermon: Resurrection Rest

Outline

  • 1: The good news of denied entry into the Kingdom (1 Cor. 15:50).
  • 2: A victory song for the end of time (1 Cor. 15:51-57).
  • 3: A life fueled by the hope of resurrection (1 Cor. 15:58). 

Discussion Questions

  • Read either 1 Cor. 15:51-57, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, or Isa. 25:6-9 again, what does it make you feel?
  • Answering with tangible actions, how would your life be different if you lived in light of these passages? 
  • Finish the thought, “I long for the resurrection because _________.

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.

Song of ConfessionCome Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Song of AssuranceCornerstone

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | April 18th, 2021

This week we will be observing Church Planting Sunday with Acts 29 – please watch this video to learn more! 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 15:35-49

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 86:1-12

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.

All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.

Yes I Will

Song of Adoration: Forever

Scripture Reading: John 12:24-26

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Sermon: Resurrection Bodies

Outline

  • 1: The calculated risk of hoping in the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:35-41).
  • 2: The beautiful clarity of what resurrection means (1 Cor. 15:42-49). 

Discussion Questions

  • What has your image of heaven or the after-life been? How did this passage bring more clarity?
  • How has your thinking about our physical bodies been shaped by our culture? How is the picture Paul paints here better?
  • How should a more biblical understanding of our resurrection bodies change how we think about and care for our current bodies?

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.

Song of ConfessionThe Wonderful Cross

Song of AssuranceJesus Is Better

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | March 21st, 2021

This week we will continue through our series in 1st Corinthians. 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 14:26-40

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 145:1-9

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.

This is Amazing Grace

Song of Adoration: Build My Life

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Sermon: A Well-Ordered Church Service

Outline

  • 1: Biblical worship involves all of us (1 Cor. 14:26).
  • 2: Biblical worship includes boundaries on our gifts (1 Cor. 14:27-33a).
  • 3: Biblical worship will sometimes challenge our culture (1 Cor. 14:33b-35).
  • 4: Biblical worship is grounded in the authority of Scripture (1 Cor. 14:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • How are you gifted (See 1 Cor. 12)? What would it look like to restrain your gift(s) for the good of others? Why is that sometimes difficult? 
  • Which aspects of God’s character does our church easily demonstrate? Where does our church not reflect God’s character in our interactions or worship? How can you help?
  • Family Question: Read v. 26, what has Jesus given you that you can use to build up your church?

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 Confession & AssuranceHis Mercy is More & Who You Say I Am

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | March 14th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about why speaking in tongues and prophesying matter. 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 14:1-25

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.

Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.

Christ is All

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

Sermon: Why Tongues And Prophecy Matter

Outline

1: The goal of gifts: Building up the church (1 Cor. 14:1-5).
2: Defining tongues and prophecy correctly.
3: Edification comes through understanding (1 Cor. 14:6-12).
4: Full-bodied worship (1 Cor. 14:13-19).
5: Tongues, prophecy, and the presence of guests (1 Cor. 14:20-25).

Discussion Questions

Instead of discussion this week, spend time in prayer, journaling, and asking a trusted friend for feedback on…

  • How has God gifted you? Are you using those gifts to build others up? How could you grow in this?
  • Ask God to cultivate a deeper desire for more spiritual gifts, especially prophecy, so that you can build up, encourage, and console the church.

Communion: John 20:19-22

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Great is Thy Faithfulness & The Lord Our God

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | February 28th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll focus on the transformative love depicted in chapter 13. 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 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 118

This is the day the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His love endures forever.

Christ is All

Song of Adoration: All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Scripture Reading: John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sermon: The Centrality of Love

Outline

  • 1: The necessity of love (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
  • 2: The definition of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
  • 3: The endurance of love (1 Cor. 13:8-13).

Discussion Questions

  • How is our culture’s understanding of love different from what 1 Corinthians 13 shows us? 
  • Which attribute of what love is/isn’t do you most desire to grow in? What would that produce in your relationships? How does Jesus demonstrate that attribute already?
  • Family Question: What does it mean for Jesus to love you? Do you believe Him?

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.

Song of ConfessionCome Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Song of AssuranceGod is For Us

Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Worship Guide | February 21st, 2021

This week we have a guest preacher, Steve Stanton, taking us through 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. 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 12:12-26

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: The Apostle’s Creed

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.

Because He Lives (Amen)

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Sermon: Missing Out on Opportunities for Health

Outline

  • 1. Missing out when we function as individual parts independent from others
  • 2: Missing out when we aren’t serving in the role God called us to
  • 3: Missing out when we’re missing whole parts of the body

Discussion Questions

  • What are some of your passions? What are some of your skills?
  • What are some of the needs that need to be filled at Missio Dei?
  • What unique giftings might Missio Dei possess that contributes to the health of the broader, global, body of Christ?

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 ConfessionLord I Need You

Song of AssuranceHis Mercy is More

Benediction

Worship Guide | February 14th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about Spiritual Gifts within the body of believers. 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 12:1-11, 27-31

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.And I will show you a still more excellent way.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7a

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Come Thou Fount

Song of Adoration: Living Hope

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:3-10

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Sermon: Spiritual Gifts And Life In The Church

Outline

  • 1: Our need to be informed regarding spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-3).
  • 2: A model for understanding how spiritual gifts are to be used (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
  • 3: A definition of spiritual gifts and a sample list of gifts (1 Cor. 12:7-11, 27-31).
  • 4: Potential definitions of a sample list of spiritual gifts.

Discussion Questions

  • How has the Spirit gifted you? How did you realize it was a gift not a natural ability? 
  • What gift(s) do you believe the Spirit is leading you to desire growth in? Why?
  • What story of stepping into a new gifting, or realizing you weren’t gifted, would your table benefit from hearing?

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.

Song of ConfessionLord I Need You

Song of AssuranceChrist Is Enough

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | February 7th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about the significance of communion in our weekly gatherings. 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 11:17-34

But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.

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.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. 

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.

Song of Adoration: Crown Him

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Sermon: When Going To Church Is Bad For You

Outline

  • 1: Paul’s rebuke for the Corinthians’ communion practices (1 Cor. 11:17-22).
  • 2: Paul’s warning for why they should reform their approach (1 Cor. 11:27-34).
  • 3: Paul’s explanation of what communion is really about (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

Discussion Questions

  • Have you (or someone you know) ever left church in a worse spot than when you came? What happened to produce that result? What was going on in your heart?
  • If someone were to leave our church in a worse spot than when they came, what might be the cause? How has Jesus equipped you to help make sure that doesn’t happen? 
  • Finish the statement: A church that helps people grow in their love for Jesus and others will _____.
  • Family Question: In your own words, why is going to church important?

Communion: Come to the Feast

Song of ConfessionAll I Have is Christ

Song of AssuranceOnce And For All

Benediction: Jude 24-25

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | January 31st, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll discuss how to glorify God as men and women despite differing gender traditions. 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 11:2-16

Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 63:1-7

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,  when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 

for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

Yes I Will

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: Gen. 1:26-27 and Gen. 2:18-25

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Sermon: Glorifying God As Men And Women

Outline

  • 1: The Apostolic Tradition and gender in marriage (1 Cor. 11:2-3).
  • 2: Head coverings and honoring God in worship (1 Cor. 11:4-6).
  • 3: The story of creation and gender in church (1 Cor. 11:7-10).
  • 4: The interdependence of men and women (1 Cor. 11:11-12).
  • 5: The distinction between men and women (1 Cor. 11:13-16).

Discussion Questions

  • What traditions have you inherited regarding gender? Are they different from what Scripture actually teaches? 
  • Women: What do you want the men at your table to know about why this topic can be difficult?
  • Family Question: What does it mean to honor or shame someone? How can we show honor to men and women distinctly?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-36

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 ConfessionMan of Sorrows

Song of AssuranceJesus Is Better

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | January 24th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll discuss how to live the Christian life. 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 10:23-11:1

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord Our God

Song of Adoration: Christ Be Magnified

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

Sermon: How To Live The Christian Life

Outline

  • 1: The principle for Christian living (1 Cor. 10:23-24).
  • 2The principle in action (1 Cor. 10:25-30).
  • 3The end goal of the principle in action (1 Cor. 10:31-11:1).

Discussion Questions

  • Do you struggle more to live in the freedom of Christ or to use that freedom to love others? 
  • In light of 1 Cor. 11:1, ask yourself, if someone imitated you what would they look like? Where is this encouraging? Where is this convicting? 

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-36

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 ConfessionKing of Kings

Song of AssuranceChrist Be Magnified

Benediction1 Corinthians 10:31-33

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to [the religious] or to [the irreligious] or to the church of God, just as [we] try to please everyone in everything [we] do, not seeking [our] own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Worship Guide | January 17th, 2021

This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul implores believers to put off idolatry and worship God alone. 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 10:15-22

I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

-Psalm 100

Rejoice

Song of Adoration: O Praise the Name

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:2-6

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Sermon: What Happens When We Worship

Outline

  • 1: At a soul level, there’s always something deeper going on (1 Cor. 10:15-18).
  • 2: What our souls participate in is of utmost importance (1 Cor. 10:19-22).

Discussion Questions

  • When do you most struggle to remember that there are deeper spiritual realities behind our physical actions? What practices have you found helpful to be more aware of what happens at a soul level?
  • If unity is so important for Believers (1 Cor. 10:17), what are some things you can personally do to guard that unity in our church? 
  • Family Question: If we can only worship one thing at a time in our hearts, what are you most often tempted to worship instead of (or in addition to) Jesus? How can your family help you?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Song of Confession: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

Song of Assurance: Look and See

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | January 10th, 2021

This week we will pick up where we left off in 1st Corinthians. 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 10:1-14

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship:

Welcome to all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
To all who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
And to whoever will come,
This church opens wide its doors, its homes, its lives, and its hearts
And offers its welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

from The Worship Sourcebook

This I Believe (The Creed)

Song of Adoration: Goodness of God

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Sermon: Keeping A Strong Grip On The Gospel

Outline

  • 1: The warning (1 Cor. 10:1-5).
  • 2: The consequences (1 Cor. 10:6-11).
  • 3: The alternative (1 Cor. 10:12-14).

Discussion Questions

  • What is the “meat offered to idols” in your life? The ever-present reality that tempts you to align with the world instead of Jesus? Do you more naturally struggle with comfort, approval, control, power, something else? 
  • How does verse 13 change the way you view that temptation? 
  • What tools/disciplines have you found helpful in fleeing idolatry? How can we help each other?

Communion: Lamentations 3:33

for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

“Here in Lamentations, the Bible is taking us deep into God himself. The one who rules and ordains all things brings affliction into our lives with a certain divine reluctance. He is not reluctant about the ultimate good that is going to be brought about through that pain; that indeed is why he is doing it. But something recoils within him in sending that affliction. The pain itself does not reflect his heart…If we are to follow closely and yield fully to Scripture’s testimony, we are walked into the breathtaking claim that there are some things that pour out of God more naturally than others. God is unswervingly just. But what is his disposition? What is he on the edge of his seat eager to do? If you catch me off guard, what will leap out of me before I have time to regain composure will likely be grouchiness. If you catch God off guard, what leaps out most freely is blessing. The impulse to do good. The desire to swallow us up in joy.” —Dane Ortlund, Gentle And Lowly

Song of Confession: Rock of Ages

Song of Assurance: Joyful (The One Who Saves)

Benediction: Jude 24-25

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Worship Guide | December 20th, 2020

This week we will pause our 1st Corinthians series to spend time in Luke 2, preparing room in our hearts for the King of kings. 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: Luke 2:8-20

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Sing We The Song of Emmanuel

Advent Reading & Love Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and our healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” -Isaiah 58:8 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: Come Thou Fount

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Sermon: Prepare Him Room

Outline

  • 1: What we’re fighting against.
  • 2: Where we often find ourselves (Luke 2:8-9).
  • 3: How Christmas changes everything (Luke 2:10-14).
  • 4: How we can remember that everything has changed.
  • 5: What we should do with this message (Luke 2:15-20).

Discussion Questions

  • Which aspects of this familiar passage stand out to you in a fresh way today?
  • Over the past four weeks, what have you learned about yourself? Your struggles/anxieties? How can the formative practices (means of grace) we have discussed help?
  • Family Question: What could our family change about our habits in 2021 to be more aware of God’s presence and love?

Communion: An Advent Prayer of Confession

Lord Christ,
we confess our willingness to be loved
but also our reluctance to love.
We confess our readiness to accept your forgiving love
but also our refusal to forgive.
We confess our eagerness to grasp your offer of redeeming love
but also our resistance to follow you without question.
In this Advent time, forgive us our failure
to respond as we should.
Come to us anew, and by your grace, assist us to receive you
with joy, as the shepherds;
with gratitude, as Simeon;
with obedience, as Mary;
with love, as you have loved us.
Even so: come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

The Worship Sourcebook

Song of Confession: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Song of Assurance: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Benediction: Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Worship Guide | December 13th, 2020

This week we are blessed to have a previous partner and elder, Perry Marshall, guest preach through Psalm 77. 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: Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.  In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah 

You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  I consider the days of old, the years long ago.  I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:  “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?  Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?  Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah 

Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.  Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?  You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.  You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 

When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.  The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.  The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.  You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Sing We the Song of Emmanuel

Song of Adoration: O Come All Ye Faithful

Advent Reading & Peace Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  The LORD says to his servant, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” -From Isaiah 49:6 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Sermon: Remembering to Have Hope

Discussion Questions

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how hopeful is your outlook on life this Advent season? Why?
  • What helps you (or could help you) remember God’s mighty ways when you face discouragement?
  • How is Jesus’ arrival–past and future–a light of hope even in this day of trouble or darkness?

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 Confession: All I Have Is Christ

Song of Assurance: Joy to the World

Benediction

Worship Guide | December 6th, 2020

This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul edifies believers in how to have a fruitful ministry. 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 9:19-27

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Grace Alone

Advent Reading & Peace Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in the paths that they have not known I will guide them.  I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.  These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. “ -Isaiah 42:16 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: O Holy Night

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:6-9

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Sermon: Are We Fruitful?

Outline

  • 1: Are we willing to serve? (1 Cor. 9:19)
  • 2: Are we able to contextualize? (1 Cor. 9:20-23)
  • 3: Are we running to win? (1 Cor. 9:24-27)

Discussion Questions

  • When was the last time you shared your faith? How did you feel? What did you learn?
  • What obstacles do we have in our church that we are unaware of? How have we failed to contextualize the Gospel? How could we be better missionaries? 
  • Family Question: Who is the Spirit leading you to share Jesus with?

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 Confession: Come Ye Sinners

Song of Assurance: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Worship Guide | November 29th, 2020

This week we will begin chapter 9 of 1st Corinthians where we remember that we are not entitled to anything, but compelled to love because of the transforming work of the gospel. 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 9:1-18

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to eat and drink? Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Advent Reading & Hope Candle Lighting

Leader:  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”

Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. 

Leader:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”  -Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

Leader:  Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation. 

Congregation:  Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Song of Adoration: King of Kings

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13

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.

Sermon: Entitled or Compelled?

Outline

  • 1: Who does Paul think he is? (1 Cor. 9:1-3)
  • 2: What does Paul think he deserves? (1 Cor. 9:4-12a, 13-14)
  • 3: Why does Paul not take advantage of his rights? (1 Cor. 9:12b, 15-18)

Discussion Questions

  • How can you tell if you are feeling entitled? How might those entitlements hinder your desire to share the Gospel? 
  • When have you felt most compelled to share the Gospel? What was driving that compulsion? How did you feel?
  • Family Question: What can our family give up this Christmas so others can hear about Jesus’ love?

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 and Celebration: Man of Sorrows & He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Benediction: Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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