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King David was a prophet. This man of God looked ahead under the ministry of the Spirit down the path of time and saw a grand day coming, and recorded it in Psalm 86:9: All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and glorify your name. This passage is the Scripture call to worship for us at First Baptist Church this Lord’s Day. We will take this prophecy, read it, and fulfill it, by God’s grace. Could David have even imagined that a group of redeemed sinful Gentiles in Southwest Minnesota would be part of the fulfillment of his words? Yes, we must say, perhaps not on the level of particulars, but certainly on the level of what his words mean, for he exclaims to the one God: ALL the nations YOU HAVE MADE shall come and worship. How glorious is it that we, who were before named among the wicked, should have the doors of worship before the Triune God thrown open to us? How much more glorious is it that we should glorify the name of the Lord because of the one who is at once David’s Son and David’s Lord. In fact, this Psalm teaches us that the nations worship because of the resurrection of David’s Son, for just a couple verses later in Psa 86:13, the context of the nations’ praise is in the deliverance of the Lord’s Anointed: For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. The body of David is still in the depths of the Sheol, of course, but his Son Jesus Christ is not. He is alive. And it is through his great name that we will gather together for worship this Lord’s Day.
In the prayer service, we will break from our series in Acts and look at a passage from Psalm 119. We will begin our service with the good communion hymn by Horatius Bonar: “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face” (Blue 191). This setting puts Bonar’s words to MORECAMBE, the tune to which we sing “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart.”
This Lord’s Day, we will gather around the Table of our Lord Jesus Christ and remember his sacrificial death for our sins. Come prepared for our observance, with no known unrepentant sin. The sermon this Lord’s Day continues considering our faith in our future resurrection through Jesus Christ from 1 Corinthians 15. Paul urges the Corinthians to take God at his Word concerning the resurrection. Specifically, we will consider our own resurrection with some of the most explicit teaching in the New Testament about the nature of our resurrection body. What we see here is that our resurrection body will be very much like Christ’s. It is imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (properly understood). The hymns we’ll be singing consider many of these themes.
Call to Worship: Psalm 86:8-10
Hymn 310 [Red] Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Congregational Reading: Psalm 24:7-10
Doxology: Gloria Patri, Red 436
Scripture Reading: Job 33 & Mark 10:32-52
Hymn 302 [Red] Great God of Wonders!
Sermon: How are the Dead Raised? Part 3 from 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Hymn [Insert] There is a Fountain Filled with Blood We’ll be singing William Cowper’s well-known hymn to a more suitable tune known as ESSLINGEN. Although the verse alludes to the resurrection a couple times, I’d have us especially consider the final stanza with respect to our hope in Jesus Christ and its relation to the Table. “When this poor, lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave, then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing thy power to save.” In our present state, our bodies are truly incapable of adequately praising our God. We “lisp” and “stammer,” with confused and inappropriate expressions of our love. Our bodies encumber us, and due to our inherent weakness, we are unable to have the kind of piety necessary for God of such glory—a God praised constantly by angels and saints in a place unstained by sin. But a time is coming when this will change. We will be raised from the dead, and then we will truly and finally be redeemed to worship the God who has saved us.
The Lord’s Table
Hymn 133 [Blue] The Strife is O’er
In Sunday School, Mr. White will be teaching us catechism questions 30 & 31.
- Q. How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice,1 and to reconcile us to God,2 and in making continual intercession for us.3
1 Heb 9:28 2 Heb 2:17 3 Heb 7:25
- Q. How does Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executes the office of a king in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us,1 in conquering all his and our enemies,2 and in reigning on the throne of David for a thousand years.3
1 Psa 110:3; Col 1:13; 1 Thess 2:122 1 Cor 15:24-25; Heb 10:12-13
5 Matt 2:6; Rev 20:4