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REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR THIS SUNDAY!
One of the great themes of the Psalms is that those who are redeemed respond with public worship. In the Psalm that served as the call to worship last Lord’s Day, Psalm 13:6, the Psalmist says, “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” In Psalm 26:12, David, having been rescued from evildoers and the judgment coming upon them, responds at the close of the Psalm, “in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.” In Psalm 51:14, David promises the response of worship to forgiveness: “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.” So we read in our call to worship for this Lord’s Day from Psalm 14:7, “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.” Public worship is the response of the people God has redeemed. Consequentially, we who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ ought to be people committed to gathering together in the assembly of the righteous to offer public worship and praise to the God of our salvation. This is what we will do this Lord’s Day as we gather together.
In the prayer service, we will sing together hymn 373, “Once More, My Soul,” a hymn to the same tune to which we sang Psalm 56, “Be Gracious Unto Me,” last Sunday. I will bring another brief meditation from a verse in Psalm 119.
The sermon this Sunday considers the perils of false doctrine, especially the false doctrine that denies that men are raised bodily from the dead. Heretics often fail to grasp the full significance of their error. Having just reviewed the fundamental doctrine of the gospel, Paul now shows how devastatingly the denial of a bodily resurrection undermined that very gospel that brought them salvation and hope. By the time Paul is finished, we see that a great deal is at stake indeed in the doctrine of the resurrection. Our service order this Sunday unfolds again the gospel, but also in a way that highlights the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Call to Worship: Psalm 14:7
Hymn [Insert] Jesus Lives, and So Shall I This hymn by Christian Gellert presents excellently the doctrine of Christ’s resurrection and its implications for us. In fact, the first verse emphasizes the intricate connection, explained in the passage for Sunday’s sermon, between Christ’s resurrection and ours: “Jesus lives, and so shall I, Death! Thy sting is gone forever. He who deigned for me to die, lives the bands of death to sever. He shall raise me with the just: Jesus is my hope and trust.” The phrase, “He who deigned for me to die” refers to Chris, the one who, though the eternal Son of God, willingly chose to suffer as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did not stay dead, but now lives, and as a consequence, he severs the chains of death. Jesus does not simply sever the chains of eternal death in hell, but even the chains of our physical death. Thus, “he shall raise me with the just.” This is why the hymn writer can exclaim: “Death! Thy sting is gone forever!”
Congregational Reading: Psalm 14:1-6
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Scripture Reading: Job 21 & Mark 5:21-43
Hymn 359 [Blue] My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Sermon: If the Dead are Not Raised from 1 Corinthians 15:11-19
Hymn 311 [Red] Jesus Shall Reign
In Sunday School, we will look at the later writings and theme of God’s great end in the writings of Jonathan Edwards.