This Week at Covenant Family Church

Hello brothers and sisters,

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. This evening is our monthly men’s meeting, 7pm, at my house. We will be discussing the man’s responsibility to lead his house in the ways of the Lord (Gen. 18:19).

We have revived the monthly men’s meeting, not only as a means for person growth for the men and young men, but also part of our ministry to the whole church, training men to teach and lead their households and with their households to help others. The meetings are intended to promote mutual encouragement and support among the men and better communication in the church, to equip men for their callings in family and society, and to train younger men to be godly men.

This Sunday I will be preaching on Matthew 7:13-20, on entering by the narrow gate and being wary of false prophets. After our meal, I will continue our study of matter related to infant baptism, this time looking at it from the perspective of the doctrine of the church. See below to a link of a summery of last week’s lesson on my blog.

Below is the latest post on the blog (

The Doctrine of the Covenant
What is a covenant? What is God’s covenant? What is the “covenant of works” and the “covenant of grace”? What was the condition of the covenant made with Israel? I address these and other questions in this blog post, where I summarize the doctrine of the covenant. This is based on last Sunday’s afternoon lesson. (In addition, you can also look up chapter 7 in our confession of faith, “Of God’s Covenant with Man.”)

Men’s Advance
Registration is open for this year’s Men’s Advance! You can find information about it on our website and on our Facebook event page, and you can register online at this link. You can also watch the short video in which I explain the event and this year’s theme at this link. The early-bird registration cost is $50 per person, with a $200 max per family. This will rise to $60 per person on April 18th.

There is a short hymn which I have taped to the wall next to my desk which I think summarizes this concept of “keeping the faith,” that is, treasuring it, clinging to it as our life, proclaiming it, and keeping it pure from error. The hymn was written by Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) as he struggled against Enlightenment rationalism in 19th century Denmark. It can be sung to the tune of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Here it is:

God’s Word is our great heritage
And shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age
Shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way,
In death it is our stay.
Lord, grant, while worlds endure,
We keep its teachings pure.
Throughout all generations.

Elder Visits
As we did at the beginning of last year, the elders (myself and Bruce Stahl) are going to make pastoral visits to the households of our church. This is for the general pastoral care of the church, engaging in a more personal, focused manner with each family. Let me know what time works best for your family, either by email or on the sign up sheet at church. Generally, Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons work best, but other times may be available as well.

Upcoming Church Events
Feb. 19 – Men’s meeting at the Bringe home, 7pm
Feb. 26 – Puritan video lesson/study at the Bringe home, 7pm
Mar. 4 – Puritan video lesson/study at the Bringe home, 7pm
Mar. 12 – Session meeting at the Stahl home, 7pm
Mar. 14 – Outreach opportunity: St. Patrick’s Day parade
May 2 – 2020 Men’s Advance: Keep the Faith

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms 
Hymn #1 “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
Hymn #168 “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art”
Psalm #119X “Before Thee Let My Cry Come Near”
Hymn #598 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Psalm #23B “The LORD’s My Shepherd” (unless Ian can play it)

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 30:11-20
New Testament Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11
Sermon > “Enter by the Narrow Gate” – Matthew 7:13-20


Pastor Peter Bringe