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“There is one God, and one Mediator through God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” Christianity is not pluralistic or inclusivistic. The Christian faith revealed to men is an exclusive religion, with the audacious claim (only one among many) that there is only one God, and only way to be reconciled to the one God—that through the God-man Jesus Christ our Lord. Having graciously been given full and free access to the one true and living God through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have been transformed in those who are devoted to the worship of this one God. Since he alone is God, he alone is worthy of our praise. So we can join heartily in the words of the Psalmist in 21:13: Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power! What a privilege it is to assemble as God’s blood-bought people who know and have been brought near to the one true and living God.
This Sunday in the prayer service, we will look at the further evidence of the early church’s devotion to prayer from Acts 3. We will begin the hour singing “Chide Me, O LORD, No Longer” (Psalm 6), Red Hymnal 8.
The sermon this Sunday continues to consider the impact of the resurrection on our practice as Christians. Last week, we saw that the resurrection of our bodies stands attached to our baptism into the body of Christ and to our lives of sacrificial ministry. This week, we consider the third way the resurrection is foundational to practice, this time with our dying to sin. If the resurrection is true, then we should live morally upright and godly lives. If there is no resurrection, then “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.” This is a very important message for any Christian to hear. I trust you will come prepared to consider your own obedience to Christ in light of his resurrection.
Call to Worship: Psalm 21:13
Hymn 304 [Red] Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken The final stanza of this superb hymn by John Newton captures the core idea of our message this morning: “Savior, if of Zion’s city I, through grace, a member am, let the world deride or pity—I will glory in Thy name. Fading is the worldling’s pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show; solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion’s children know.” This is our future. This is our hope: to be with Christ in his glorious kingdom after the resurrection of our bodies where we will reign with him until God has put all his enemies under his feet. This necessarily results in a vast de-valuing of this world and right appraisal of the world to come. This world’s values has no hold on us any longer. Now we know “solid joys and lasting treasure.” Therefore, we live lives dead to sin, because we have been promised eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Congregational Reading: Psalm 21:1-7
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 263 [Red] O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Hymn [Insert] My God, I Love Thee
Scripture Reading: Job 30 & Mark 9:14-32
Hymn 267 [Red] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Sermon: The Practical Christian Life (without the Resurrection), Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
Hymn 393 [Blue] Take My Life and Let It Be
In Sunday School, Eric White will teach on our catechism question 27.
Q. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
A. Christ, the son of God, became man by taking to himself a true body,1 and a rational soul,2 being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary, and born of her,3 yet without sin.4
1 Heb 2:14; 2 Matt 26:38 3 Luke 1:31, 35; Gal 4:4; 4 Heb 4:15; Heb 7:26