Preparing for this Sunday at Emmaus

Here is the children’s catechism question, sermon outline, and order of service for this Sunday morning at Emmaus. Reading through and prayerfully considering the passages will help prepare your heart for our Sunday gathering.

*Remember to set your clocks back on Saturday night and enjoy the extra hour of sleep for Daylight Savings!


Q: What does it mean that God’s Word is understandable?
A: It means that all people can read and know His Word, although sometimes it is hard to understand. Our difficulty in knowing His Word is caused by our own ignorance and the hardness of our own hearts.


Title: “How God Wants this to Work Out”
Text: Phil. 2:14-30
Big Idea: Faithful Christianity is intentional Christianity; we have been saved by God to joyfully obey him.
Outline: 3 ordering principles for Christian faithfulness
1) We are not to be passive but actively engaged in sanctification.
2) Our obedience is to leave footprints, impacting those around us.
3) Be on the lookout for and celebrate evidences of grace.


Call to Worship
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalm 62:7–8)
Confession of Faith -Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, Ruler of all, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten from the Father before all time; Light, from Light, true God from true God; begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father, through Whom all things were made; Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made a man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who is worshiped and glorified together with the Father and Son, and Who spoke through the Prophets.
And we believe that there is one holy, universal and apostolic church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Congregational Song #1: How Great is Our God
Congregational Song #2: Abide with me
Congregational Song #3: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Confession of Sin
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1–4, ESV)
Assurance of Pardon
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5–11, ESV)
Congregational Song #4: How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Congregational Song #5: All I Have is Christ
Pastoral Prayer
Worship through Giving
“How God Wants this to Work Out”
Phil. 2:14-30
Congregational Song #6: By Faith
1 Tim. 6:15b-16 – He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.