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Where is history headed? The answer is found in the sermon text for this Sunday, and this text culminates with the verse that serves as our call to worship this Sunday, 1 Cor 15:28: That God may be all in all. Our redemption, Christ’s death, and Christ’s resurrection is all heading towards God’s intervention in human history where God finally restores his creation to what he originally intended before our fall into sin and death. The resurrection of Christ is the firstfruits of what God is doing right now, and what he will consummate in the end, a place that eventually ends in God being all in all. In this era, sin will be destroyed, death will be vanquished, and every authority raised against God will bow to Christ Jesus to the glory of God the Father. And if this is where God is taking creation—if this is where God is taking us—how much more should we be people who daily live in order that God is all in all now? This great task points us in the direction of worship. If God is truly all in all, and he will bring all creation to that place, we should be people who glory in him, worship him, and rejoice in his rich grace to us in Christ. This is what we will do when we gather together this Lord’s Day for worship as one body in Christ.

In the prayer service, I will begin a new series tracing the theme of prayer in Acts. We already spent some time looking at prayer in the Gospel of Luke. We will begin the hour singing the hymn “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.”

In the worship service, we will continue explaining and applying Paul’s teaching on Christ’s resurrection in the grand scope of human history in 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. We will especially consider the proper “order” that Paul emphasizes in vv. 22-24. Here we are reminded that our salvation is coming for us with the coming of Jesus Christ. Then we will be raised just as he was raised. In the end, God is sovereignly working to bring about the end where Christ rules over rival powers and authorities. This is only possible through Jesus Christ, who is the firstfruits of this great universal subjection. For us, we should submit to Christ now, not only with faith, but with our adoration and obedience. With these themes in mind, this is the service order for Sunday, April 17, 2016:

Worship Service

Call to Worship: 1 Corinthians 15:28

Hymn 305 [Red] Holy, Holy, Holy

Congregational Reading: Psalm 17:1-7

Doxology: Diademata, Red 293

Hymn [Insert] The Solid Rock We live in a changing world filled with uncertainty, corruption, sin, and death. At times, it can seem to us that the whole world is spiraling out of control, and that we are about to be capsized. The spiritual realities around us are most disturbing, for we are all sinners and are conscious of our guilt. Yet this hymn well reminds us that Christ is our “Solid Rock.” Indeed, “when all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.” But even more appropriate to our text this Lord’s Day is the fourth verse: “When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found, dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.” In v. 24, we have this precious promise, that after Christ is alive (which is he now, as a matter of fact), “then at his coming those who belong to Christ” shall be made alive in him. If we are united to Christ, we will be found “in him,” and so the promise of a resurrection will be fulfilled for us. To know in this realm of sin and death that death is but sweet “sleep” for us in Christ, truly we can say with the hymn, “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand—all other ground is sinking stand.”

Hymn 321 [Red] O Worship the King

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: Job 25-26 & Mark 7:14-37

Hymn 294 [Red] At the Name of Jesus

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

Hymn 227 [Red] O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Prayer

Benediction

During the Sunday School hour, we will hold our Quarterly Business Meeting.

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