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This Lord’s Day, we observe the Lord’s Table after the fellowship meal.

Why do we praise God? There are so many reasons, as my weekly letters demonstrate. One reason we praise God is his gospel. Gospel means “good news.” For the apostles and New Testament writers, the gospel is the true good news that Christ died for sinners and rose again, and that all who believe in him are saved from condemnation and given eternal life with God. This gracious way of salvation, planned in eternity past and accomplished in the fullness of time by the Triune God is a great reason to give praise to God. This is what Paul declares at the end of his great epistle to the church in Rome: Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Rom. 16:25 ESV) The gospel of Jesus Christ gives us strength to stand before God and strength to live holy lives for God’s glory. It strengthens us because it is the power of God to salvation (Rom 1:16). Because in that gospel our Lord Jesus is mighty to save, we should give God glory.

In the prayer service, I will give a lesson from Psalm 119. We’ll begin our day singing the hymn we began learning last week, “A Debtor to Mercy Alone” (Gray 86).

This week, Eric White is preaching in the morning worship service. His text is Galatians 1:11-12. I thank God for Eric and his ministry among us. We should recognize how many churches would love to have a layman like Eric. Eric is not only a good friend and encourager, but he I love the fact that he is taking his opportunities to preach to exposit Galatians for us. Read and consider the text for this Sunday as you prepare for worship.

Worship Service

Call to Worship: Romans 16:25-27

Hymn 327 [Red] The Church’s One Foundation Our passage in Galatians speaks of the divine origin of the gospel. This hymn gets to our great foundation right in the first verse. These words, written by Samuel John Stone, teach that the gospel realities are the one foundation of the church of Jesus Christ. The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord; she is his new creation by water and the Word. From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride; with His own blood He bought her and for her life He died.

Congregational Reading: 1 Timothy 3:16

Doxology: Doxology, Red 437

Hymn 289 [Gray] Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Hymn 315 [Red] O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Prayer

Offering

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 4 & Philippians 1:1-11

Hymn 266 [Red] Through Every Age, Eternal God

Sermon: God’s Gospel from Galatians 1:11-12

Hymn 241 [Gray] How Firm a Foundation

Prayer

Benediction

 

After the fellowship meal, we will observe communion. I will be preaching on Romans 8:33.

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