Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. What is it that a new year means? What is its purpose? As sons of God adopted by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we should understand that all our days are for the glory of God. As we anticipate a new year of life (if the Lord wills), we must remember that we live not for ourselves, but for the glory of God. The call to worship from 2 Timothy 4:18 reminds us that the God to whom be honor and glory forever and ever has saved us for eternal life with him, and that he will safely bring us to his kingdom through Jesus Christ. So may we live and minister for his glory, knowing that we are here for him who saved us, just as he has saved us to give us himself. For all these reasons, it is fitting for us to begin this year hearing from a seasoned missionary, Roberto Coelho. I pray that his ministry in our midst points to us the great calling we have to live our lives in 2016 for worship, service, and evangelism to the glory of God.
In the prayer service, Pastor Coelho will be speaking to us on how to pray for missionaries. We will begin the service by being introduced to the hymn, “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me.”
The message this Lord’s Day urges us to live in the light of Christ’s dying love for us. Pastor Coelho’s passage is 2 Cor 5:14-15: For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. We are those who have been saved by Christ’s death and resurrection. He died for us so that we too could die to this world and its idolatry and vanity. This love of Christ, Paul says, controls us. As Pastor Coelho challenges us to live in the life of this controlling love of Christ, may we let his love control even our worship this Lord’s Day. May we come prepared to offer our devotion and adoration to our God in Jesus Christ, for he has purged us and sanctified us for this very end. This is the service order for Sunday, January 3, 2016:
Call to Worship: 2 Timothy 4:18
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power
Congregational Reading: Psalm 4
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 267 [Red] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross The hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts is one of the best loved hymns in the English language. This hymn is fitting for a service where 2 Cor 5:12-13 is opened to us. As Paul explains how the love of Christ controls him and other Gospel ministers, we are reminded in this hymn, “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” Indeed, the world itself would be a gift far too small for the kind of love we have received through Jesus Christ and his atoning death. This kind of truth is beautiful to sing, but I urge us all to remember that we must sincerely sing it. We must sincerely pray this to God as we sing together. We have been shown wondrous love. So let us leave behind this world and its toys and empty pleasures, and give ourselves in service to the glory of God. Let us empty ourselves in worship, service, and evangelism for the glory of God. Oh, may the love of Christ control every member of First Baptist Church!
Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King
Scripture Reading: Job 11 & 2 Corinthians 13
Hymn 360 [Red] Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel
Sermon: The Love of Christ from 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Hymn 315 [Red] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
In Sunday School, Pastor Roberto Coelho will present to us the ministry for which he and his wife are laboring to the glory of God in Brazil.