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You cannot imagine the grace God has in store for you, believer. Our call to worship states it plainly: Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you before the presence of his glory with great joy. I want you to consider that second clause, when it says that Jesus Christ will present you before the presence of his glory with great joy. To appear before Almighty God, the holy Creator of all and all-knowing ruler of heaven and earth! The very thought makes the rational man tremble. But to know that, when I appear before him, I am going to be fitted in holy glory, and then presented to him by his own Son! Who can describe this kind of grace? What comfort is it to know that Christ himself is my advocate and Redeemer! What a joyful thought that it is his joy to bring me before his Father in love! For all this, then, let us give glory, honor, dominion and authority to our God. Let us gather in joy to worship the God of our salvation, the one keeps us to the end, who will keep us from stumbling.
In the prayer service, we return to our study of the times of prayer in Acts. We will begin the service by singing again, “Lo! God is Here.”
The exposition of God’s Word this Lord’s Day looks at the “therefore” of the resurrection. There is a sense in which we already considered the practical results of the doctrine of the resurrection earlier in vv. 29-34. But here we have, by the authority of Christ’s apostle, how we live in light of the resurrection. It is a wonderful call for us to take consistent action from the hope we have in Jesus Christ. The call is for us to hold Jesus Christ by faith and to work abundantly for Jesus’ sake. The resurrection of Jesus Christ not only turns our world upside down, but it produces everlasting fruitfulness for the glory of God.
Call to Worship: Jude 24-25
Hymn 338 [Red] A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Congregational Reading: Psalm 57:5-11
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 267 [Red] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross The last verse of this hymn by Isaac Watts captures well our response to the resurrection: “Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” This is the way we who are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ respond to this love. We do not try to pay God back. We do not try to establish our own merit before him or prove the worthiness of our election. We love deeply, and so loving our God, we give back to him all that we are. You were bought with a price, therefore glorify God with your body.
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-21 & Mark 13:1-13
Hymn [Insert] Go, Labor On
Sermon: The “Therefore” of the Resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15:58
Hymn 390 [Blue] Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
In Sunday School, I will teach on catechism questions 35 & 36:
35. Q. How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the application of it to us1 by his Holy Spirit.2
1 John 1:11-12 2 Tit 3:5-6
36. Q. How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us,1 and by it uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.2
1 Eph 2:8 2 Eph 3:17