This Lord’s Day, we will have a special guest, our supported missionaries, Stephen and Evelyn Stilwell. The Stilwells have been serving in Peru longer than I’ve been alive. We owe them our respect and honor. To show them our love and affection, we will be taking up a special offering for them this Sunday. Please make it a point to thank them for their years of ministry.
David was a deliberate man. He was a man who knew why he existed and what he was on earth to do. He was a man who knew his duty before his fellow man and, most importantly, before God himself. This deliberate purpose and David’s understanding of it is well represented in our Scripture call to worship for this Lord’s Day service, Psalm 108:3-5. Listen to the focused purpose in v 3: I will give thanks to you, O LORD … I will sing praises to you. But don’t think that such expressions are unique to this passage. On the contrary, we find such an attitude again and again in David’s Psalms (not to mention the Psalms of others). We see it in Psa 18:49, For this I will praise you, O LORD; and Psa 109:30, With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. I say, David was wholly committed to worshipping God, and he expressed this will early and often. And we say it too. But it’s also worth noting the context of David’s will. Returning to Psa 108:3, David says (now I cite the verse in its entirety): I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. Which is to say, David wants to make known the fame and glory and grace of Israel’s covenant God to the unbelieving heathen nations all around them, so that they too may confess with him that Israel’s God is the true God, and that there is no other. So as we worship this morning, it is not only important that we give to God praise, but that we give God praise among those who do not know and confess him. True worshippers of God not only offer praise to him, but their praise is secondarily evangelistic.
If you haven’t come to a prayer service in a while, consider returning to the habit of attending this service. This service is a very important part of our spiritual life together before God at First Baptist Church. And we do need prayer! This Sunday, besides praying together, we will look again at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. We’ll begin the service singing a hymn we’ve learned in previous months, “Lift Up Your Heads” (Red 224).
This Sunday, Stephen Stilwell will preach during the morning worship service and present a ministry update during the Sunday School hour. For his sermon this Sunday, Pastor Stilwell will be preaching from Matthew 28 alongside several passages from Acts. As you prepare, consider again the words of our Lord in the Great Commission:
Matthew 28:18–20  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)
Call to Worship: Psalm 108:3-5
Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King
Congregational Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 214 [Gray] It is Well with My Soul
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Scripture Reading: Zechariah 1 & Revelation 19:1-10
Hymn 292 [Red] All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name This hymn is excellent for a Sunday where we consider the importance of missions, for it helps us see the great end of Christ’s Great Commission in Matthew 28. The fifth stanza of this hymn expresses this end especially well: Let every kindred, every tribe on this terrestrial ball, to him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all. The only way this will be possible is if Christians go out to all nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples. And when we do that, we can anticipate the realisation of the great prayer in the final stanza of this hymn: O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall; we’ll join the everlasting throng and crown Him Lord of all!
Sermon: A Heart for the Nations from Matthew 28:19
Hymn 250 [Gray] May the Mind of Christ My Savior
In Sunday School, Stephen Stilwell will present an update of the work of the gospel in Peru.