This coming Lord’s Day we gather again to worship our God in the name of Christ. Though our sins be many, God invites us to worship him. And if this were not enough–that the very God of heaven and earth has invited us to come with our praise and adoration, he has graciously given the very provision and ground of our worship: we enter the Holy of Holies through the blood of Jesus Christ our High Priest and the one offering to take away sin. Truly we can say with the Psalmist: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!
In our prayer service, we will continue to look at pray in Luke’s Gospel. Next up is Luke 20:47, where we see Christ’s condemnation of prayers made in pretense. We will begin the hour by singing “Thou Hidden Love of God, Whose Height.”
I am personally anticipating having Brent Belford, an old friend of mine, preaching in the morning worship service and teaching Sunday School this coming Sunday. Brent and I knew each other in Bible College. He is now the provost of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth. He will be preaching from 2 Corinthians 4:7-15. The hymns for this Sunday pick up on several of the different themes in that passage. This is the order of service for this coming Lord’s Day worship service:
Call to Worship: Psalm 145:1-3
Hymn 374 [Red] Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
Congregational Reading: Psalm 145:14-21
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Hymn [Insert] Jesus Lives, and So Shall I In 2 Cor 4:11 says, “For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” When Paul speaks of “being given over to death,” he means that he lived in a way that was dead to this world so that he could proclaim the Gospel to others, thereby bringing those who received the Gospel by faith to an eternal hope of everlasting life. As he died, others lived. This passage teaches us that Jesus Christ is the believers’ life. We are raised because he was raised. This is reiterated later in 2 Cor 4:14: “knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” All this is wonderfully summarized in our hymn of Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon, “Jesus Lives and So Shall I.” We are reminded in this hymn that the death sentence from God against our sin has been taken by Jesus who died for us, bringing us life: “He who deigned for me to die, lives the bands of death to sever.” Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we have the promise that nothing can separate from God’s love: “Naught from him my heart can sever, life nor death, nor powers of hell, joy nor grief, henceforth, forever.” This promise is the very ground whereby we can freely sacrifice our lives for the eternal good, just as Paul had done for the Corinthians: “So death is at work in us, but life in you” (2 Cor 4:12).
Hymn 189 [Red] The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait
Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 31 & 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Hymn 333 [Blue] May the Mind of Christ, My Savior
Sermon: Living the Gospel Life from 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Hymn 342 [Red] Be Thou My Vision
In Sunday School, Brent Belford will teach us again, this time from Numbers 11, where he looks at “The Quail of Death.”