PRELUDE – “Worthy Is Your Name

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Ephesians 1b-6a


To the saints who are in Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago,

and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you

and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in Christ

with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

even as he chose us in him

before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and blameless before him.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons

through Jesus Christ,

according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious grace.

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester



Father, we are sorry for the ways we have not represented your Name accurately in this world.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


For the ways that we have failed to love each other and only looked out for ourselves.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


For the ways that we have compromised your truth in order to fit in.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


For the ways we have not followed your will and looked just like the world around us.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


For the ways that we have not trusted you but have been filled with anxiety and joined with others in complaining.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


For the ways we have not shared the gospel because we loved our own reputation too much.


Father, we have sinned. Forgive us.


In Christ we have redemption

through his blood,

the forgiveness of our trespasses,

according to the riches of his grace.

Songs –

And Can It Be?” by Charles Wesley

How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan

PRAYER have people sit


How does the Holy Spirit help us?

The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin,

and he enables us to pray

and to understand God’s Word.

Song –

Your Beloved” by Brent Helming

SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 14:1-21

SERMON – “Living as Sons of God”


Songs –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

I Surrender All” by Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter and Winfield Scott Weeden


Song –

O Great God” by Bob Kauflin



POSTLUDE – “Take My Life (Holiness)” by Michah Stampley

PRELUDE – “The Deep” by Daelsson

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-9, 20-22

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.


Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

Song –

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” by Edward Hodges, Henry Van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven


Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against You

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in Your will,

and walk in Your ways,

to the glory of Your Name.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 8:32-39

He who did not spare his own Son

but gave him up for us all,

how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?

It is God who justifies.

Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died –

more than that, who was raised –

who is at the right hand of God,

who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,

or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.

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.

Songs –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle



Song –

Make Us One” by Twila Paris


SERMON – “John, the Apostle of Love”


Songs –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

O the Love of My Redeemer” by Josh Caterer


Song –

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend



POSTLUDE – “Oh How We Love You” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

This upcoming weekend is the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat! The goal is to talk really practically about what it looks like to love God and love people – the summary of the Law we’ve been looking at in Deuteronomy. #LGLP2016

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:

Saturday Morning:

“Loving God” – Hour long talk from Hobin to follow up from last year’s retreat. Practical help on how to actually find superior pleasure in God so we don’t give in to anger, greed, sloth, pride, envy, lust, or gluttony. Answering the question, “What does it really look like to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?”

Saturday Afternoon:

“Loving People Who Are Down” – We’ll introduce a jar with cards next to it that people can write on throughout the weekend with ways that they have felt loved (or not) during a time when they were doubting, discouraged, or grieving. They can put their name there or be anonymous. We will pull some out at different times in between topics to read aloud.

“Loving People through Prayer” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Abby on others-centered prayer practices.

“Loving People through Discipleship” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Sarah F. on how someone poured in to her through discipleship.

“Loving People Online” – 15-minute ‘TED Talk’ from Brannen laying out principles for how we can think of others first with our online presence with 5 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

“Loving People in Poverty” – Large Group 30-minute discussion guided by Christian on ways we can be part of truly helping those stuck in poverty in our neighborhood.

Saturday Evening:

“Loving People Who Didn’t Grow Up in a Christian Home or Go to a Christian College” – 15-minute interview with the Sapthavees moderated by Ryan on what it’s like to be an outsider to Christian culture and how those on the inside can be mindful of “normal people.”

“Loving People Who Are New” – 5 minutes with some quick Dos and Don’ts from Lydia of stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming newcomers to the church.

“Love and Your Station in Life” – 25-minute Small Group breakout sessions for singles (led by Theo), husbands (led by Peter F.), wives (led by Andrea), and parents (led by Nathan) to talk together about unique ways they can use their life station to serve others… and particular ways they need to be served.

“Loving People from a Different Culture” – 20-minute panel discussion with the Bishops, Engs, and Christian & Rosario moderated by Nathan surrounding what it’s like to be an ethnic minority at Immanuel and ways that those in majority culture could be more aware and love those of a different culture.

“Loving People Who Are Lost” – 10-minute brainstorming session of ways that we could individually and corporately better love people through evangelism.

“Q&A with the Elders” – Informal open mic to ask any questions of the pastors about theology or the state and vision of the church, etc…

Sunday Morning:

Our regular Sunday worship service with a sermon on the Apostle John’s teaching about love.

Mixed in and around these sessions there will be campfires, games, free time, swimming, eating, singing, hanging out, and all kinds of chances to grow in loving each other!

It’s not too late to register! Contact retreat at immanuel dash baptist dot net for more info.

Registration will open at 5:00 PM on Friday in the Cedar Room and the Saturday morning session will begin at 9:00 AM. 

Don’t forget that today there’s volleyball in Arrigo Park at 4:00 PM!

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday this summer we’re gathering in our neighborhood to play together and provide an opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to come join us.

Contact Lydia if you have any questions.

Hey Everyone!

In just a little over a week we’ll be making our way to Lake Geneva for our church retreat! This is so exciting and we’re expectantly praying about what the Lord will do. Below are a few things that I mentioned before, but wanted to remind you.

1. The retreat center will no longer be providing linens! That means that you have to bring your own sheets, pillows, sleeping bags or whatever you think you might need for you and your family. Please do not forget otherwise you’re in for some cold nights.

2. We still need childcare volunteers! These aren’t folks who need to plan anything ahead of time, all that is already prepared. Let us know if you’re available!

3. Please do not bring cash or checks for the retreat to the retreat! It becomes confusing on what belongs to who, and in figuring out where to keep it. Therefore, either pay before or after. If writing a check, put “Church Retreat” in the memo line. As said before, do not let the cost keep you from coming!

Email retreat with any questions you have!


PRELUDE – “Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant


Praise the Lord!

Praise, O servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore!

From the rising of the sun to its setting,

the name of the Lord is to be praised!

Song –

Your Name” by Paul Baloche


Song –

Be Magnified” by Lynn DeShazo

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – 1 John 1:8-9, 2:12

If we say we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


I am writing to you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

Song –

You Are My King (Amazing Love)” by Billy J. Foote



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 forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

That He is God,

coeternal with the Father and the Son.

Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 12:29 – 13:18

SERMON – “Dealing with False Prophets”


Songs –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart

Hallelujah What a Savior” by Philip Paul Bliss


Song –

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown



POSTLUDE – “O Love that Will Not Let Me Go” by Indelible Grace

PRELUDE – “Oh Our Lord” by Paul Baloche


Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

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;

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 beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;

tremble before him, all the earth!

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

he will judge the peoples with equity.”

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

before the Lord, for he comes,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Song –

Great Are You Lord” by David Leonard, Jason Ingram, and Leslie Jordan


All have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 3:24-25a

…and are justified by his grace as a gift,

through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood,

to be received by faith.

Songs –

This Is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham

Glorious Christ” by Bob Kauflin



Since we are redeemed

by grace alone,

through faith alone,

where does this faith come from?

From the Holy Spirit.

Song –

Center” by Charlie Hall

SCRIPTURE READING – Deuteronomy 12:15-28

SERMON – “All of Life as Worship”


Songs –

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

Jesus Paid It All” by Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape


Song –

All Glory Be To Christ” by Dustin Kensrue



POSTLUDE – “Tell the World” by Lecrae

1. Who are we talking about?

a. 2 different groups of people. 2 different approaches

i. Transgender people. Intersex.

ii. Lobbyists, activists, bloggers, etc. who use these cases to promote an agenda of doing away with gender, etc.

b. How do we respond to and interact with transgender people?

i. There is a few different reactions that we often see:


Lovingly, thoughtfully disagree


Hatred                                                                                                 Do whatever makes you feel good

Harsh language                                                                                            Be who you “are”

ii. We respond with love, sympathy, compassion to these people who are hurting, struggling, crying out for help. Yet we don’t fall into offering the same message that the world is offering.

c. With the lobbyists, activists, bloggers, etc. we can take a squarer stance. These people most often have an agenda and are using cases of transgender/intersex to try to erase ideas of gender from society.

2. 5 ways a Christian worldview looks different

a. Identity

i. Who am I really?

1. Transgender response says: Identity comes from within. My identity boils down to how I feel. Identity is not an objective reality that matches up with my sex. It is fluid and ultimately up to me. I am the source of defining my identity. No one can really tell me what I am or am not.

2. Christian response: God defines our identity physically at birth. Genesis tells us that He made them in his image, male and female. Our identity is bigger than we are; we are imaged in the image of God. And so, the female/male binary is important because it says something about who God is and through marriage is an image of the Gospel.

b. Creation

i. Christians: God created us. God doesn’t make mistakes. His creation is good and it works. To say that I was born male but I feel female and then to go and change my body accordingly is to say that God didn’t get it right and is to take the place of the Creator {yet because of the Fall everything is broken including sexuality and gender and the abuses that surround them}

ii. Transgender: My body doesn’t match my feelings about who I am. Something is wrong with my body that needs to be fixed (i.e. if there is a God, he messed up)

c. Re-creation

i. Christians: Yes, there is something messed up about us and we need to be recreated, but this can only happen in and through Jesus and his life, death and resurrection (Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (see also: Col. 3:3; ).

ii. Transgender: My body doesn’t match my perceived gender. I need to recreate myself. Thus, hormones, etc. New identity.

I recently watched a Frontline documentary called Growing up Trans which documents the transitions and struggles of transgender kids and their families and one of the main themes that I saw come out of it was the idea of RE-CREATION.  There are a lot of YouTube channel youth stars and their followers who document their transitions to the gender opposite of what they were born with and many of them look at the first day of their hormone injections as their “birthday” as this new human that they are finally becoming. They say things like this is day 1 of my life; this is the beginning of my new self, of who I really am. And their language is that of re-creation, of being made new.

d. Mind & Body

i. Transgender: My mind/heart say I am this way so I will change my body to match.

ii. Christian: God’s word says this about me so I will change my mind to match that (I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:1-2)

1. This doesn’t mean that feelings/desires will suddenly change (i.e. same sex attraction or even feeling male/female) but it does mean you can train your mind to know/do what God desires of you, whether you continue to feel like a man/woman or not.

e. Gender

i. Transgender: Gender is about you and your feelings. Self-focused.

ii. Christian: your gender is about God and his glory

1. Male/female binary is affirmed in Scripture. God made them male and female. Jesus affirms this. The Bible continually affirms the distinctions between men and women as their roles are spelled out.

Every third Sunday of the month there’s free food for everyone.

Every third month there’s also a seminar on some topic.

So far this year we’ve covered whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God and how Christians should engage with Media.

This Sunday we’ll be discussing the topic of Transgenderism from a biblical perspective.

PRELUDE – “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – 1 Chronicles 29:10b-13


Blessed are you, O Lord,

the God of Israel our father,

forever and ever.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty,

for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.

Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,

and you are exalted as head above all.

Both riches and honor come from you,

and you rule over all.

In your hand are power and might,

and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.


And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Song –

10,000 Reasons” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 51:16-17

You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;

you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Songs –

You Are My King (Amazing Love)” by Billy J. Foote

Worthy is the Lamb” by Darlene Zschech



Song –

Jesus I Am Resting, Resting” by David Hampton and Jean Sophia Pigott


SERMON – “Forget Not All His Benefits”


Songs –

There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood” by William Cowper

O the Love of My Redeemer” by Josh Caterer


Song –




POSTLUDE – “Oh! Great Is Our God” by The Sing Team

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