Preparation for Worship for the Lord’s Day, November 17, 2019

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In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord taught us that our treasure should not be on earth, but rather in heaven (Matt 6:19-21). He said, For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. God and Christ should be our treasure. In the words of John Newton, Fading are the worldling’s pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show. This world’s glory will never last. By contrast, there is so much lasting treasure and glory found in God. This is what David found, when he found himself a fugitive on the run in the wilderness of Judah. He prayed to God, My flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water (Psa 63:1b). This true joy in God was the fount of worship: Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you (Psa 63:3). Brothers, come to the fountain of living water this Lord’s Day, and praise him whose love and grace is “better than life.”  

 In the prayer service, we will look at Jesus’ high priestly prayer again. We’ll sing together “How Marvelous God’s Greatness” to begin the service (Gray 34).

In Col 1:28, Paul said the goal of his ministry was that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Our text for this Sunday, the first five verses of Colossians 2, is an expansion and development of that idea of spiritual maturity. Last week I emphasized that Christian maturity is neither perfection nor some relative development, but instead complete devotion. Paul adds his own concrete descriptions of Christian maturity. What we’ll see is that genuine maturity has to do with the spiritual state of our hearts, the ardor of our affections, and the stability of our faith.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 63:1-4

Hymn 105 [Gray] Jesus Shall Reign

Congregational Reading: Proverbs 2:1-6

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 146 [Gray] Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies

Hymn 35 [Red] The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 20 & Hebrews 11:32-40

Hymn 359 [Red] Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee In our text Paul describes knowing Christ as a treasure and riches. He made a similar remark in 1:27. This ancient hymn by Bernard of Clairvaux (1091—1153) expresses this same affection. Jesus, our only joy be Thou, as Thou our prize wilt be; Jesus, be Thou our glory now, and through eternity. Jesus is the Christian’s only true and lasting joy. He is our prize and treasure. This is true now. It will be true for all Christ’s people for eternity.

Sermon: Lasting Treasure from Colossians 2:1-5

Hymn 193 [Gray] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Prayer

Benediction

In Sunday School, Dr White teaches on Critical Race Theory.