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Dear IBC Family,

We will not be gathering as a church again tomorrow in light of the stay at home order, but here is the home resource guide for your devotional time.

The Spotify playlist has been loaded with a new set of songs for this week. You can also listen to the Immanuel Pastors Podcast on Spotify at your convenience. The most recent episode helps you understand some of our thinking about Sunday services.

The highlighted “Sermon of the Week” for this Sunday is John Piper’s “Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain.” Listen to it online with your household and discuss what application it might have to our situation today. Pastor Nathan was a senior in high school on a visit to Wheaton College and in the packed audience on the night when this message was delivered. It had a massive impact on the course of his life.

Finally, here is another Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision entitled “The Gospel Way.”

The Gospel Way

BLESSED LORD JESUS,

No human mind could conceive or invent the gospel.

Acting in eternal grace, thou art both its messenger and its message,

Lived out on earth through infinite compassion,

Applying thy life to insult, injury, death,

That I might be redeemed, ransomed, freed.

Blessed be thou, O Father, for contriving this way,

Eternal thanks to thee, O Holy Spirit,

For applying this way to my heart.

Glorious Trinity, impress the gospel on my soul,

Until its virtue diffuses every faculty;

Let it be heard, acknowledged, professed, felt.

Teach me to secure this mighty blessing;

Help me to give up every darling lust,

To submit heart and life to its command,

To have it in my will,

Controlling my affections,

Moulding my understanding;

To adhere strictly to the rules of true religion,

Not departing from them in any instance,

Nor for any advantage in order to escape evil,

Inconvenience, or danger.

Take me to the cross to seek glory from its infamy;

Strip me of every pleasing pretence of righteousness by my doings.

O gracious Redeemer,

I have neglected thee too long,

Often crucified thee,

Crucified thee afresh by my impenitence,

Put thee to shame.

I thank thee for the patience that has borne with me so long,

And for the grace that now makes me willing to be thine.

O unite me to thyself with inseparable bonds,

That nothing may ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Saviour.

Praying for you,

Pastor Theo

Dear IBC Church Family,

It is with sincere sadness that we have decided to cancel services for this week. As stated in a previous email you should have received, we will continue to monitor the situation on a week-by-week basis, so that we can restore our weekly Lord’s Day fellowship together as soon as it is safe to do so. I’m hoping and praying that as these troubled times continue to pressure us away from one another, our common love for the Lord and his people will draw us closer together, holding all things in common (Acts 2:43-47).

In the meantime, the unstructured state of our world will continue to encourage us to neglect the things of God for entertainment and what we think are the more expedient needs of everyday life. For this reason, the Elders of IBC strongly encourage you to still do your upmost to set aside time to remember the Lord, to pray for Christ’s mercy over the sins of the week and his grace to endure the next, and to feast on his Word. I’ve listed some prayers and resources for this week’s reflection which you can use with your family or roommates. This is not a healthy substitute for the biblical command to assemble together (see Heb. 10:24-25), but our hope is that these resources will allow us to honor the Lord as best we can and be filled with his Spirit on the Lord’s Day, even in exile (see Rev. 1:10).

Here is a link to the church’s weekly Spotify playlist. Every week we will change out the songs with regular IBC worship music.

We are also highlighting a ‘Sermon of the Week’ for you to reflect on. For this week, we have a sermon by an older pastor named Francis Grimke. Here is a short biography of his life. And here is the sermon. It was given on the first Sunday back after a quarantine related to the deadly Spanish Flu in 1918. Please read it tomorrow.

Finally, I have attached a prayer from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions for your reflection:

Weaknesses

O Spirit of God, help my infirmities;

When I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, slandered and persecuted, made to feel the weight of the cross – help me, I pray Thee.

If Thou seest in me any wrong thing encouraged, any evil desire cherished, any delight that is not Thy delight, any habit that grieves Thee, any nest of sin in my heart – then grant me the kiss of Thy forgiveness, and teach my feet to walk the way of Thy commandments.

Deliver me from carking care, and make me a happy, holy person;

Help me to walk the separated life with firm and brave step, and to wrestle successfully against weakness;

Teach me to laud, adore, and magnify Thee, with the music of heaven, and make me a perfume of praiseful gratitude to Thee.

I do not crouch at Thy feet as a slave before a tyrant, but exult before Thee as a son with a father.

Give me power to live as Thy child in all my actions, and to exercise sonship by conquering self.

Preserve me from the intoxication that comes of prosperity;

Sober me when I am glad with a joy that comes not from Thee.

Lead me safely on to the eternal kingdom, not asking whether the road be rough or smooth.

I request only to see the face of Him I love, to be content with bread to eat, with raiment to put on, if I can be brought to Thy house in peace.

Praying for you through the week,

Pastor Theo

Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled,

neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27

Members and Attenders of Immanuel,

All schools in the state of Illinois closed down on Tuesday and will not re-open until at least March 30th. These missed days will not be made up because the closure is due to what they refer to as an “act of God.” We believers know that this unusual time is indeed from the hand of our sovereign Lord. And we trust that he has wise yet mysterious plans for this disruption to our daily lives. We will be doing much reflection on what those might be in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

For now, we wanted to communicate some important information with everyone.

Sunday Services – After much prayer, thinking, counsel, and deliberation, we have decided to suspend our regular Lord’s Day gathering starting this Sunday (3/22). This was not an easy decision. But the state of Illinois has now mandated the cancellation of events of more than 50 people. As a church of 88 members plus children, regular attenders, and visitors this does not allow us to all assemble together, nor does it seem wise at the moment. We want to preserve the unity of the body and promote the safety of our city, and so we are regretfully taking this extreme but temporary measure. We will re-evaluate this decision every week as the circumstances are constantly changing.

We also have decided not to do a ‘livestream’ of a service. We are not judging other churches that have chosen this option, but we feel like it would be wisest not to allow anyone to think that such an activity can replace what is meant to happen in the assembly of the saints. During this season we pray that you would remember fondly all the sweet times we’ve had together at The Meeting Place and long deeply for our future reunion there.

We will be giving you more guidance and resources for how to be spending your time on Sunday mornings (and all the other days).

Small Groups – Hopefully you already received communication from your Small Group Leaders that we have asked Small Groups not to meet physically together for the time being. Each group, however, is encouraged to communicate regularly, share updates, and even experiment with different ways of sharing insights from the Bible Reading Plan and staying in touch via technology. Your Small Group will be a great way to still be connected with other people in the community during this time.

Prayer Ministry – We are working on different ways to have online prayer meetings and organize prayer walks. We are mobilizing our Intercessory Prayer Team to ensure that everyone is covered in prayer. And please reach out to them at prayer with any items you need specific prayer for!

Children’s Ministry – Our Deacon of Children’s Ministry is working on getting curriculum and activities for you to use at home with your children. And the Elders will be sharing more resources for Family Worship.

Koinonia – Our Deacon of Koinonia is working on some creative and fun ideas for ways to still foster community life during this season. Stay tuned…

Member Support and Mercy Ministry – Our budget has funds built in to meet tangible needs inside and outside our church community. If you have or know of any financial needs during this time that the church can help meet OR if you would like to contribute extra money to this fund, please contact the Elders!

We will be communicating with you regularly as we go through this together. For now, we encourage you to keep up a regular schedule, keep reading the Bible Reading Plan and good books, keep memorizing and meditating on Psalm 1, pray… and (as was said in last Sunday’s sermon) do all this before and more than you watch the news and Netflix.

Your Pastors,

Nathan & Theo

In last Sunday’s sermon Pastor Nathan asked, “Would you be willing to pray this week that the Holy Spirit would show you how much you live from minute to minute to please yourself? And to pray that he would give you the power to live to genuinely please the people he’s put around you, put their interests before your own? Would you be willing to pray that?”

We’re going to start something new called “Brown Bag Q&A.” We will do these periodically (about once a month). They are totally optional. The idea is to create space after our Sunday Services during lunch where people can ask a pastor any questions they might have. We will start with that day’s sermon to allow for immediate interaction and dialogue. Then we’ll open it up to questions or comments from previous sermons. And finally any question on anything! We’ll do it over lunch between 12:30 and 1:00 PM.

Our first “Brown Bag Q&A” will be this Sunday. The sermon text will be Romans 1:26-28 and the topic is – “Homosexuality.” Make a PB&J in the morning or run over to JJ Fish & Chicken real quick and come back ready to ask your burning questions.

Just a reminder to make sure August 18-20 is on your calendar for the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat!

This year we will again be in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, but at a different site. It should be nice.

And our special guest speaker will be Paul Alexander, co-author of The Deliberate Church and a pastor in the Chicago suburbs

One person has asked if I could send an outline of my sermon ahead of time in order to help follow along on Sunday mornings. We’ve been testing this out for a few months. I compress my sermon into a one-page outline on Sunday morning and email it so it can be pulled up on a phone during the sermon. This person has found it helpful and we thought we’d open that up to anyone else who might want to get those emails. Below is an example from last week’s sermon. If you want in, just email ncarter at immanuel dash baptist dot net.

The New Covenant

Hebrews 8:1-13 | December 8, 2013

Introduction

Sermon = explanation and application of biblical content to a particular church

Hebrews = sermon; since the end of ch. 4 this sermon has been about Jesus as the great high priest

vv. 1-5 = recapping this

vv. 6-13 = just this: Jesus offers the superior covenant to live in.

Let’s pray…

Overview of Covenants

Covenant = the terms of a relationship.

Adamic Covenant => ‘Covenants of Promise’ – Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic Covenant…

The New Covenant

New as opposed to Old (Mosaic)

Prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34, quoted in Hebrews 8:8-12.

NT says Jesus instituted New Covenant (Lk. 22:20, 1Cor. 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6)

THE NEW COVENANT IS NEW AND BETTER BECAUSE IT’S UNBREAKABLE, INTERNAL, EXPERIENTIAL, AND ULTIMATELY DEALS WITH SIN REMOVAL.

New and Better

v. 13 – new, v. 6 – better

vv. 8b-9a – not like the old one

Unbreakable

Old Covenant = v. 9 – “because they did not remain faithful.” New Covenant = no conditions, all of grace!

Internal

v. 10 – “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.” No room for nominalism.

Experiential

v. 11 – “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”

Sin Removal

v. 12 – “For [because; the ground of all that’s been said is this:] I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Well may the accuser roar, / of sins that I have done; / I know them all and thousands more, / Jehovah knoweth none!

Conclusion

Are you in the New Covenant?

The Lord’s Table

Compare Exodus 24:3-8 to Luke 22:14-20!

Benediction

From the sermon yesterday:

I want to challenge us all to an experiment this week. Start every day off first with some way of remembering the gospel, or as Richard Sibbes said, “warm[ing] ourselves at this fire of his love and mercy in giving himself for us.” Meditate for a few minutes on the complete and total love God has for you in Christ. And then spend a few moments praying that he would fill you with love that day. Pray through your planner about all the appointments or to dos you will have. Pray for sensitivity to see the people he’s bringing before you to love and then pray for the strength to love them. And let’s just see what happens…

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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