"All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" (Psalm 25:10).
Covenant Church (PCA) - Houston, TX
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Transforming Hearts, Conforming to Christ

Bible Studies

Covenant Church offers a variety of mid-week Bible Studies in different parts of Houston in members' homes.  These are great times of Study, Personal Growth, Prayer, and Fellowship within the body.  Please contact the church office (281-870-0349) for directions to the study nearest you.  All are welcome.   One of them is right for you! 
  

Ladies' Bible Study

 
The Ladies' Bible Study meets at the church on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30.  For our study for the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, September 2019 - May 2020, we are using the book Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie.  The Bible Study dates for the study are September 3 & 17, October 1, 15, & 29, November 12 & 26, December 10, January 7 & 21, February 4 & 18, March 3, 17, & 31, April 14 & 28, and May 12 & 26.   Come join us for a time of Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.  For more information, call the church office (281-870-0349). 
 

W2W:  Woman-to-Woman Discipleship 

 
The Woman-to-Woman Discipleship group meets at Heather Maxwell's house once a month on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  We are studying Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt.  The dates for the study are September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 20.  For more information, call the church office at 281-870-0349 or email dianewbaker@comcast.net
 

Area Bible Studies 

 
Four area Bible studies meet on alternating weeks during the school year.  In the past, we have studied the books of Philippians, Ephesians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon & Colossians, 1&2 ThessaloniansGalatians1 Corinthians, chapters 1-101 Corinthians chapters 11-162 CorinthiansRomans chapters 1-8Romans chapters 9-16Hebrews chapters 1-8 and Hebrews chapters 9-13.  During the 2019/20 school year, we will study James and Jude.
 
The Pearland Bible study meets on alternating Mondays of the month (unless providentially changed) in a home located in Pearland.  This Bible study is open to everyone.   The evening starts with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the study at 7:30 p.m. and then dessert and coffee. 
 
The Sugar Land Bible study meets on alternating Mondays of the month (unless providentially changed) in a home located in Sugar Land.  This Bible study is open to everyone.   The evening starts with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the study at 7:30 p.m. and then dessert and coffee. 
 
The Northwest Houston Bible study meets on alternating Wednesdays of the month (unless providentially changed) in a home located in the Willowbrook area.  This Bible study is open to everyone.   The evening starts with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the study at 7:30 p.m. and then dessert
 
The West Houston Bible study meets on alternating Thursdays of the month (unless providentially changed) in a home located near the church. This Bible study is also open to everyone. The evening starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the study at 7:00 p.m. and then dessert.
 
The study format is informal, including teaching, discussion, and Q&A.  This is a great way to get involved in a small group and grow in faith and fellowship.  Contact the church office (281-870-0349) for directions to the study. Click on the highlighted links below for Bible Study Notes:
 

Schedule for James & Jude: The Half-Brothers of Christ
 

                                   James Theme:                                                                          Jude Theme:           
                              ‘A Faith That Works’                                                             'Contend for the Faith'

              

James 1:2-5, 17, 22; 2:8-10, 14, 17-20; 3:8-10; 4:3-4, 10, 17; 5:14-162Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.… 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.… 22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.… 8If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.  10For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.… 14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him? … 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  19You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!  20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? … 8but no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My brothers, these things ought not to be so.…3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.  4You adulterous people!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.… 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.… 17So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.…14Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (ESV).   

Jude 3-4, 24-253Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  4For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.… 24Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen (ESV). 

  Lesson   
 Lesson Title                             James      Sugar Land                Northwest Houston      West Houston            
1  Just James  1:1  September 9, 2019  September 11, 2019  September 12, 2019
2  The Trials of Life   1:2-12  September 23, 2019  September 25, 2019   September 26, 2019 
3  The Truth About Temptation  1:12-18   October 7, 2019  October 9, 2019  October 11, 2019
4  Doers of the Word     1:19-27  October 21, 2019  October 23, 2019  October 24, 2019
5  The Royal Law  2:1-13  November 4, 2019  November 6, 2019  November 7, 2019
6  Real Faith Works  2:14-26  November 18, 2019  November 20, 2019   November 21, 2019 
 7  Taming the Tongue  3:1-12  December 2, 2019  December 4, 2019  December 5, 2019
   ***Winter Break***        
8  The Way of Wisdom  3:13-18  January 13, 2020  January 15, 2020  January 16, 2020
9  The Way of Humility  4:1-10  January 27, 2020  January 29, 2020  January 30, 2020
10  Sins of Presumption  4:11-17  February 10, 2020  February 12, 2020  February 13, 2020
11  Misplaced Treasure  5:1-6  February 24, 2020  February 26, 2020  February 27, 2020
12  Until He Comes  5:7-12  March 9, 2020  March 11, 2020  March 12, 2020
13  Fervent Prayer  5:13-20  March 23, 2020  March 25, 2020  March 26, 2020
Lesson 
 Lesson Title   
 Jude  Sugar Land
 Northwest Houston 
West Houston 
14  Hey Jude!  1-2  April 6, 2020  April 8, 2020  April 9, 2020
15  Jude the Obscure  3-4    April 20, 2020  April 22, 2020  April 24, 2020
16  The OT According to Jude (1)  5-10  May 4, 2020  May 6, 2020  May 7, 2020
17  The OT According to Jude (2)  11-16  May 18, 2020  May 20, 2020  May 22, 2020
18  Contend for the Faith   17-25  June 1, 2020  June 3, 2020  June 4, 2020
 
The above notes are excerpted from commentaries listed in the Schedule. They have been organized and edited together into a composite narrative, but they do not represent original material, phraseology, or ideas. I am indebted to the cited authors for their careful exegesis and explanation of the original and English texts of James and Jude. DSB
 

"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame." 1 Peter 2:6



  I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD."  Psalm 122:1