The call to worship this Lord’s day from Psalm 31:23 is simple and direct: “Love the LORD, all you his saints!” If the Lord God has called you to be a “saint,” has sanctified you through the Spirit, and has made you his own (“all you his saints”), you ought to love him. We love him because he first loved us. Throughout the Psalm, David describes what God has done for him. Consider verse 19: “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” In verses 9-10, we see that such goodness is founded upon God’s grace despite David’s great iniquity: “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am distress . . . for my life is spent with sorrow, . . . my strength fails because of my iniquity.” Despite our many sins, the Lord still loves us. He has been gracious and good to us in our sorrow and sin. The one Mediator, Jesus Christ, has taken our sins upon himself, and set us apart as holy ones (saints) in God’s presence. For this, David says, “Love the LORD!” As we gather together, it will be our purpose to love, to declare our love, and to grow that love through the worship of God’s people.
In the prayer service this Sunday, we will look at the next instance of prayer in Acts, this time from chapter 9. To begin the service, we will sing together “Through Every Age, Eternal God” (Red 266).
In the sermon, we continue to look Paul’s description of “the work of the Lord” in 1 Cor 16:5-12. The text itself describes Paul’s travel plans, but it also reveals how Paul went about his labor in Christ’s field, the church. The work of the Lord is just that: a strenuous labor, blessed and ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ. In brief vignettes like the paragraphs in the text I am expositing this Lord’s Day morning, we see glimpses how a great servant like Paul went about this work. These passages thereby teach us both how to go about ministry and how a church ought to receive it through the gifts Christ has given that body.
Call to Worship: Psalm 31:23a
Hymn 291 [Red] All Glory Be to God on High
Congregational Reading: Psalm 31:1-5
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 293 [Red] Crown Him with Many Crowns
Hymn 121 [Red] It’s Good to Thank the Lord Each Lord’s Day, the service order of First Baptist Church is structured to represent the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We begin with a knowledge of who God is in “Adoration.” Having seen the glory of God, we recognize our own unworthiness to worship him; thus we move to a hymn or Scripture reading of confession and assurance of pardon. This is followed usually by a hymn of thanksgiving to God for the atoning death and grace of Jesus Christ. The hymn of thanksgiving this Lord’s Day comes from Psalm 92 and is entitled, “It’s Good to Thank the Lord.” This is a more recent versification of Psalm 92 published by The Book for Singing Psalms, published in 1973. The words of Psalm 92 overflow with gratitude, and this kind of gratitude should mark us when we consider what Christ has done for us, as expressed in the first verse: “It’s good to thank the Lord, to praise your name, most High! To show your love at dawn, your faithfulness all night! The ten-stringed lyre with sweet-voiced lute and rippling harp your praise inspire.”
Scripture Reading: Job 40 & Mark 14:22-50
Hymn 120 [Red] How Lovely, LORD of Hosts, to Me
Sermon: The Work of the Lord Part 2 from 1 Corinthians 16:5-12
Hymn 342 [Red] Be Thou My Vision
In Sunday School, Luke will be teaching on the great effects of effectual calling and justification, qq 38-39.
38. Q. What benefits do they who are effectually called, partake of in this life?
A. They who are effectually called, do in this life partake of justification,1 adoption,2 sanctification, and the various benefits which in this life do either accompany, or flow from them.3
1 Rom 8:30 2 Eph 1:5 3 1 Cor 1:30
39. Q. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.1
1 Rom 3:24; Eph 1:7; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 5:19; Gal 2:16; Phil 3:9