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This Lord’s Day we are honored to sit under the preaching of Jim Tillotson, President of Faith Baptist Bible College of Ankeny, Iowa.
Final words are important. After his resurrection, while Jesus was on earth before his ascension, some of the final words he spoke to his disciples were to make disciples of all nations. This calling is dual in emphasis. First, we must bring those who do not know Christ to a saving knowledge of him through the preaching of the gospel. The second part of the emphasis is in our responsibilities in Christ’s church to teach the baptized disciples of Christ all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Christ’s command to go means the gospel is to be taken to all the corners of God’s creation. This is hardly some novel teaching to the New Testament, however. Even in the Old Testament we hear of God’s desire to bring salvation to all nations through faithful Israelites. So we read in Psalm 67:1-3: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! God demands all peoples to praise him. This is not limited to his covenant people Israel. It is not limited to us. God supremely delights in his own glory. Therefore we ought to have a supreme concern to bring men and women to be reconciled to him through faith in Jesus Christ and his saving work. And having been saved by the blood of Christ, we too ought to praise God and give him glory.
In the prayer service, we will turn again to Nehemiah 9 to learn from the pattern of Scripture how we should pray. The service will begin singing “A Debtor to Mercy Alone” (Gray 86), the hymn we’ll be learning in the month of May.
Jim Tillotson is preaching from the end of Matthew 28. I encourage you to read verses 16-20 as you prepare for Sunday’s service.
Call to Worship: Psalm 67:1-3
Hymn 55 [Gray] Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above Many of the Psalms call the nations to worship Yahweh. One example is Psalm 67, which I cited earlier and serves as our call to worship this Lord’s Day. Another Psalm that calls all people to worship God is Psalm 150. This hymn is Charles Wesley’s exuberant paraphrase of this great Psalm. The last stanza exclaims: Him, in who they move and live, let every creature sing, glory to their Maker give, and homage to their King. Hallowed be His name beneath, as in heaven, on earth adored; praise the LORD in every breath, let all things praise the LORD! Matched with the wonderful tune AMSTERDAM, this is a most excellent way to start our service. It calls us (since we also have breath) to praise the Lord, and it reminds us, in the spirit of the Great Commission, to call all creation to praise the Lord with us.
Congregational Reading: Revelation 15:2-4
Doxology: Doxology, Red 283
Hymn 296 [Red] Behold the Glories of the Lamb
Hymn 288 [Red] All Creatures of Our God and King
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 3:26-39 & Romans 16:17-27
Hymn 294 [Gray] A Charge to Keep, I Have
Sermon: A Passion for the Lost from Matthew 28:16-20
Hymn 258 [Red] How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
In Sunday School, we hear from Dr. Tillotson again. He will be preaching on 8 Hindrances to Answered Prayer.