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    Ascribe power to God

    The Word of God calls all nations to worship God with praise and singing.

     

    O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;

           sing praises to the Lord, Selah

    to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;

           behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

    Ascribe power to God,

           whose majesty is over Israel,

           and whose power is in the skies.

    Awesome is God from his sanctuary;

           the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.

    Blessed be God!

    - Psalm 68:32–35

     

    Two weeks ago, we considered the imperative to praise in Ephesians 1:3. Paul begins Ephesians with praise, and this is where everything must start. Psalm 68 shows us that praising God is not only for Paul, praising God is for everyone. All the kingdoms of the earth are commanded to offer praise to God. Our praise is not optional. We are to see God for who he is, ascribing to him his glorious attributes and manifold blessings, and return praise.

     

    Sunday School

    In Adult Sunday School, I will continue my series on Biblical Foundations of the Church with a lesson on

    Pastoral Leadership. The Teen class continues its series on ethics, and the children’s Sunday School class advances forward with a study of the names of God.

     

    In the morning worship service, the message comes from Ephesians 1:4-6 and the spiritual blessings that we have received from God the Father through Christ Jesus. Paul especially highlights our election and adoption. These are God’s spiritual blessings to us, and something he did for us in Christ before the foundation of the world.


    Worship Service

    Call to Worship: Psalm 68:32-35

    Hymn 65 [Majesty] O Worship the King Paul starts Ephesians with praise. We begin our services with praise, particularly with this hymn by Robert Grant that praises God for his many attributes. We sing of God’s glories, his “wonderful love,” his eternity (“the Ancient of Days”), his power and grace, and his holy wrath. The last verse especially reminds us that everything we are comes from him: Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail; Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end! Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend. We are the frail children of dust, and that’s we need the gracious spiritual blessings of the Almighty God in Christ. Praise his name, we can rely on this grace all whole lives long.

    Hymn 9 [HMA] Almighty, Unchangeable God

    Prayer & Offering

    Hymn 234 [Majesty] Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed

    Prayer of Confession & Assurance

    Congregational Reading: Romans 8:12-17

    Hymn 56 [HMA] I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

    Sermon: To the Praise of His Glorious Grace, Part 2 from Ephesians 1:3-6

    Hymn 139 [Majesty] Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him

    Prayer

    Benediction

     

    In the evening service, we will return to 1 Corinthians 1 and look at Paul’s intent to preach the cross of Christ. 

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      All the Nations Shall Glorify Your Name

      This Sunday, Pastor Martin and his family have plans to be with family in Wisconsin.


      In his absence, we have privilege of sitting under the ministry of Dr. Mark Snoeberger in Adult Sunday School and the morning worship service.


      Sunday School

      Forgive us our debts, taught by Mark Snoeberger


      Worship Service

      Call to Worship: Psalm 86:8-10

      Hymn 68 [Majesty] Holy, Holy, Holy

      Hymn 6 [HMA] All People That on Earth Do Dwell

      Prayer & Offering

      Hymn 508 [Majesty] The Lord’s My Shepherd

      Prayer of Confession & Assurance

      Congregational Reading: Luke 1:46-55

      Hymn 116 [Majesty] This Is My Father’s World

      Sermon: The Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13

      Hymn 444 [Majesty] Children of the Heavenly Father

      Prayer

      Benediction 


      Evening Service

      Chad Childs will be preaching in the evening service. His sermon is from Phil 3:3-11 and is entitled, Not My Righteousness.

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        To the Praise of His Glorious Grace

        Sometimes the sermon text is a call to worship. That’s certainly the case with Ephesians 1:3-6. As Paul opens his letter to the Ephesians, he begins with a rhapsody of praise to God:

         

        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

        who has blessed us in Christ

        with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

        even as he chose us in him

        before the foundation of the world,

        that we should be holy and blameless before him in love.

        He predestined us for adoption to himself

        as sons through Jesus Christ,

        according to the purpose of his will,

        to the praise of his glorious grace,

        with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

        - Ephesians 1:3–6

         

        Look at how mesmerized Paul is with his God in this passage. Praise boils over from a heart deeply knowledgeable of what God has done. Paul’s praise traverses the epochs of time all the way back to the inscrutable moments before the very dawn of creation. He speaks of God’s great purposes and his even greater grace. All these blessings are repeatedly said to be in Christ. There is nothing here of human merit, of human achievement, of human goodness. All is of God, who is like a rich ocean of goodness. Everything culminates in the final verse, that God has done all this to the praise of his glorious grace. That is to say, God has shown us such amazing favor so that we might bring him praise.

         

        God has saved us so that we will praise him. He has saved us to worship him.

         

        What better reason is there for us to gather in worship together as the redeemed in Christ?

         

        Sunday School

        In Sunday School, I hope to complete my lesson on Congregational Government.

         

        Worship Service

        The text for this Sunday is all about God. Paul wishes for the Ephesians to join him in praising God for his mercy in Christ. He begins with God and his grace. It is from the high vantage point of this great mountain peak that everything else below has proper perspective. The opening praise in Ephesians stretches over 12 verses, and has three distinct units, each focusing on one person of the Godhead, each ending with the refrain, to the praise of his glory or glorious grace. Our focus this coming Lord’s Day is on verses 3-6. This rich Scripture teaches us much about God.

         

        Call to Worship: Ephesians 1:3-4a

        Hymn 71 [Majesty] Come, Thou Almighty King

        Hymn 7 [Majesty] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing This hymn by Robert Robinson is one of the great hymns. Robinson begins by calling God the Fount of every blessing. In our passage, God is said to be the one who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. By the way, the second stanza speaks of raising one’s “Ebenezer.” Ebenezer is an allusion to 1 Samuel 7:12: Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.” Samuel’s stone was a testament that God had been faithful up to this point. He had helped the people, as he said he would, throughout their history. The Ebenezer of God’s help in the past is a testament to God’s faithfulness to help in the future. So Robinson’s hymn states: Here I raise my Ebenezer—hither by Thy help I’m come, and I hope by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. This timeless faithfulness that God is for us is just one further aspect of the great spiritual blessings that are ours in Christ.

        Prayer & Offering

        Hymn [Insert] How Sweet and Awful is the Place

        Prayer of Confession & Assurance

        Congregational Reading: Psalm 72:1-2, 11, 17-19

        Hymn 8 [Majesty] Glorious is Thy Name

        Sermon: To the Praise of His Glorious Grace from Ephesians 1:3-6

        Hymn 36 [Majesty] Stand Up and Bless the Lord

        Prayer

        Benediction

         

        In the evening service, I’ll answer your questions, and, if there's time, facilitate some discussion on the morning message. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer, please email them to me.

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          Shout for Joy

          Our New Year's Eve Fellowship is tonight (Friday) at 5 PM. Bring food and games to share.


          This Lord’s Day, we will observe Communion after the morning service. I will also begin my exposition of the book of Ephesians.


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          Psalm 32 is about the joy of having your sins forgiven by God. The Psalm opens, Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. The end of the Psalm is a call for the forgiven to worship their God:

           

          Many are the sorrows of the wicked,

                but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

          Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,

                and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)

          - Psalm 32:10–11


          There is gladness in knowing the Lord God, a gladness that surpasses all the joys of this life. The final verse of the Psalm captures this joy so well. There is gladness, there is joy, there is shouting to God in praise. This is the joy that believers have trusting the Lord who forgives. If you know that Jesus has made you holy by his own life-giving blood, you should know this joy firsthand. Together we will return our joyful praise to God this Lord’s Day as we gather for worship.

           

          Sunday School

          In Sunday School, I will continue my teaching on Congregational Government, part of my series on the Biblical Foundations of the Church.

           

          Worship Service

          This Sunday, I will begin preaching through Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. Ephesians is a wonderful book, well-loved by believers across the centuries. Its message is powerful and inspiring. Ephesians is filled with well-loved passages that many of you have heard or even committed to memory. It is going to be a great joy to sit at the feet at the apostle Paul and learn from him regarding the Savior, our salvation, the church, and the Christian life.

           

          Call to Worship: Psalm 32:10-11

          Hymn 202 [Majesty] Good Christian Men, Rejoice

          Prayer & Offering

          Hymn 96 [Majesty] O God, Our Help in Ages Past When Paul wrote the greeting in Ephesians 1:2, he wrote it to Christians nearly 2,000 years ago. They lived in a very different place at a very different time. Yet they were, like us, believers, who had confessed Jesus as Lord with saving faith. The God we worship is the same God that they worshipped. The same Savior in whom they trusted is the same Savior in whom we trusted. God was their help and hope, and he remains our help and hope. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home. As we enter a new year, this hymn, based on Psalm 90, gives us words to confess that the eternal God will remain our only help and hope no matter what joys, changes, and trials lie ahead of us.

          Prayer of Confession & Assurance

          Congregational Reading: Colossians 1:18-23

          Hymn 12 [Majesty] All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Coronation)

          Sermon: Divine Grace and Peace from Ephesians 1:1-2

          Hymn 98 [HMA] O Love Divine

          The Lord’s Table

          Hymn 355 [Majesty] Jesus Paid It All

          Prayer

          Benediction

           

          There is no evening service this Sunday. 

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            Sunday, January 2nd  •  10:30 am – 12:00 pm (EST)
            Columbiaville Baptist Church, 4200 Columbiaville Road, Columbiaville, MI 48421, United States
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              Sunday, January 3rd, 2016  •  5–6 pm (EST)
              Every other month