Preparation for Worship for Sunday, April 24, 2016

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In Psalm 18:49-50, David erupts in praise to God, for “great salvation he brings to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his offspring forever.” That steadfast love of Yahweh to David’s offspring “forever” is beautifully on display in the passage for the sermon this Sunday, 1 Cor 15:20-28. By raising “his king” from the dead, God has given us the “firstfruits” of this promise, a promise that will result in our resurrection, the Millennial kingdom, and reconciliation of all things into the eternal state. When God saves us through Christ, we will forever be lost in wonder at our the Lord’s sure promises to “his anointed” and at the way in which God has shown himself to be our “rock,” the God of our salvation (Psa 18:46).

In the prayer service, we will consider the second instance of prayer in Acts. We’ll sing Psa 40:1-9 (Red 74) to begin the service.

The sermon text for this Sunday is again 1 Cor 15:23-28. This Sunday, we will consider again the promised future we have through our risen Lord Jesus Christ. The last four verses of this paragraph expound upon “the end,” especially as it is prophesied in Psalms 8 and 110. Paul carefully brings together two important Biblical themes—the necessity of a Second Adam who fulfills the purpose of all humanity and the Davidic heir who must rule over all God’s enemies—and identifies the risen Lord Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the convergence of these two prophecies. We can be very sure of this because Jesus Christ alive from the dead is the “firstfruits” of this whole epic resolution to all salvation history. With these themes in mind, this is our service order for our worship this Sunday:

 

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 18:46, 49-50

Hymn 338 [Red] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Congregational Reading: Psalm 18:25-30

Doxology: Diademata, Red 293

Hymn [Insert] Hail! Thou Once-Despised Jesus!

Hymn 284 [Red] Come, Ye Thankful People

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Job 27 & Mark 8:1-21

Hymn 256 [Blue] It is Well with My Soul

Sermon: That God May Be All in All, Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 15:23-28

Hymn 290 [Blue] Be Still, My Soul The last verse of this great hymn points to this future we’ve been considering over the past few sermons in 1 Corinthians 15. “The hour is hastening on when we shall be forever with the Lord, when disappointment, grief, and fear and gone, sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul—when change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall be last.” This blessed future, my dear brothers and sisters, is firmly grounded in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We will see this with our Savior who brought us there. This ought to still our souls on this side of the grave, for “our best, our heavenly friend thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.” Oh may God by his grace take these precious truths about Christ and our future and plant them deeply in our hearts that we might truly be comforted in midst of the trials of this life.

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, we’ll spend one more hour recapping and summarizing the teaching of the series on Jonathan Edwards.

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