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    Let us kneel before the LORD

    This Lord’s Day we will observe the Lord’s Supper in the morning.

     

    The pages of Ephesians have emphasized at several points the access believers have to God. Our access to God as a church is bold and confident before God, knowing that he loves and accepts us in Christ. Yet it would be a mistake to conclude that the privilege of access to God means that we approach God in a careless or irreverent way. This is evident in the way Paul prays in Ephesians 3:14: I bow my knees before the Father. The Christian’s access to God is still colored by humility and reverence. This is the universal testimony of Scripture, as illustrated in passages such as Psalm 95:6-7:

     

    Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

           let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

    For he is our God,

           and we are the people of his pasture,

           and the sheep of his hand.

    - Psalm 95:6–7


    He is God. We are his people. So let us bow (at least our hearts!) in worship before our Lord, the Maker.


    Sunday School

    For those of you following along with the book in Sunday School, read the 8th chapter of Strange New World.

     

    Worship Service

    Our pathway through Ephesians leads to another prayer passage. The prayer that Paul began to give in verse 1 of chapter 3 now comes to full explanation. We can only begin to explore this prayer this Sunday, but the opening verses themselves are rich with instruction for us about prayer and its importance for ministers and in Christian ministry. How important is prayer to you? Why? What is it that you desire most for other believers, even your fellow church members? How are you supposed to pray for other Christians?

     

    Call to Worship: Psalm 95:6-7b

    Hymn 52 [HMA] How Deep the Father’s Love For Us

    Prayer & Offering

    Prayer of Confession & Assurance

    Congregational Reading: Psalm 95:1-5

    Hymn 126 [Majesty] Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

    Sermon: My Prayer for You from Ephesians 3:14-19

    Hymn 243 [Majesty] When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Paul’s prayer is (in part) that the Ephesians might be able to know the amazing love of God (Eph 3:19). This great hymn by Isaac Watts wonderfully weds together the love of God in Paul’s prayer and the cross of Christ, represented at the Lord’s Table: Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small; love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.   

    The Lord’s Table

    Hymn 160 [Majesty] My Jesus, I Love Thee

    Prayer

    Benediction

     

    This Sunday evening at 6 PM, I hope you’ll join us for a bonfire at the parsonage. 

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        While I have being

        Wisdom is underrated today. We live in an age with little time for wisdom. Contemporary wisdom is often downright foolish. But even the best expressions of human wisdom (and they are certainly pockets where you can find wisdom in this world) do not compare with the wisdom of God. His wisdom is manifold, multi-faceted, like the beauty of a priceless gem. We see God’s wisdom everywhere we look in the created order. But an even more powerful is the wisdom of God in the unfolding of the plan of history and salvation, culminating in the Lord Jesus Christ. This wisdom of God brings glory to God, and ought to result in worship.

         

        May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

               may the LORD rejoice in his works,

        who looks on the earth and it trembles,

               who touches the mountains and they smoke!

        I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;

               I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

        - Psalm 104:31–33

         

        I hope you’ll join us as we gather to worship our God this Lord’s Day.


        Sunday School

        In our combined adult and teen Sunday School, we will continue our discussion of expressive individualism and the contemporary culture. Those following along in Strange New World should read chapter 7.

         

        Worship Service

        The sermon this Sunday comes from Ephesians 3. The Word of God has a high view of the church of Jesus Christ. As Ephesians has unfolded, we have seen repeatedly how God is glorifying himself in Christ’s church. Many see the church as an insignificant or unnecessary institution, and the Scriptures correct that heresy. In fact, the church brings glory to God. We’ll see that again this Sunday as we consider how in the church God has displayed his manifold wisdom.

         

        Call to Worship: Psalm 104:31-33

        Hymn 81 [Majesty] A Mighty Fortress is our God

        Hymn 116 [Majesty] This Is My Father’s World This hymn praises God for his creation and the glory of God on display in the things he has made. And, as the words of Malthie Babock hymn remind us, God is done with his creation. The God who created all things will bring about the consummation of world history and make his creation right: This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world, the battle is not done; Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be won.  

        Prayer & Offering

        Hymn 336 [Majesty] My Hope is in the Lord

        Prayer of Confession & Assurance

        Congregational Reading: Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 19-24

        Hymn 407 [Majesty] My Faith Looks Up to Thee

        Sermon: God's Wisdom Displayed in the Church from Ephesians 3:9-13

        Hymn 109 [Majesty] Great is Thy Faithfulness

        Prayer

        Benediction

         

        This Lord’s Day evening I will preach from 1 Corinthians 3.

        1. We have a membership class this Saturday from 9 AM to noon. Breakfast will be provided. All are welcome to attend, even those who are already members. We will talk about our church's beliefs, covenant, and why church membership is an important part of our obedience to Christ.  Attending this class will not obligate anyone to join our fellowship, but attendance is a necessary prerequisite to membership.  If you'd like to come, please email me (pastor@columbiavillebaptist.org), text me, or RSVP on Faithlife (https://faithlife.com/columbiavillebaptist/calendar/view/133024781).
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            Worthy to receive power and wealth

            Men, remember that we have a prayer breakfast Saturday morning at 8 AM.

             

            Our call to worship this Lord’s Day comes from the heavenly song of worship in Rev 5:11-12:

             

            Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

             

                   “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

                   to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

                   and honor and glory and blessing!”

             

            - Revelation 5:11–12

             

            The hosts of heaven attribute seven things to our risen Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing all belong to Jesus Christ, and to him alone, for he is the Lamb once slain. The world has its temporary alternatives to each of them. The truth is that they belong to Christ. Unbelievers clamor after each one these, as if they could actually have them. But even when they are to obtain a measure of earthly power or wealth or blessing, it slips inevitably through their fingers, for the earthly variants of these things are always short-lived and ultimate condemned along with this world doomed for destruction. Our eyes of faith must look upward to these realities in Christ, and ascribe to him that he is worthy of our worship and devotion for who he is and what he has done for us.

             

            Sunday School

            For those of you following along in the book for Adult and Teen Sunday School, we have chapter 6 of Strange New World this week.


            Worship Service

            The sermon this Sunday looks at Christian ministry. What does it mean to be a gospel minister? What does the ministry of the gospel entail? God had called Paul to be a minister of the gospel that brings men eternal life in Christ. Listen closely this Sunday, and see if the Spirit awakens you to the monumental importance of what we are doing as a church of Jesus Christ with our own involvement in gospel ministry. There is no greater privilege than to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph 3:8).

             

            Call to Worship: Revelation 5:11-12

            Hymn 55 [Majesty] Sing Praise to God

            Hymn 181 [HTLG] Hail, Thou Once Despied Jesus

            Prayer & Offering

            Hymn 157 [Majesty] Grace Greater Than Our Sin

            Prayer of Confession & Assurance

            Congregational Reading: Psalm 49:1-12, 15

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

            Sermon: The Unsearchable Riches of Christ from Ephesians 3:7-8

            Hymn 374 [Majesty] Be Thou My Vision Paul says in v 8 of our text that God called him to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ. So we sing in this wonderful old hymn: Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise—Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart—High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

            Prayer

            Benediction


            This Sunday evening, I will preach from the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 3. My sermon is entitled, “Stop Being a Baby!”

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              for the Lord's Day, July 17, 2022

              Worthy to be praised

              We confess that the living God has revealed himself in the Bible. This is what theologians call “special revelation.” Special revelation is the special, extraordinary act of God whereby he speaks his true word to his people through men under the influences of the Holy Spirit. General revelation (by contrast) is God’s revelation of himself and his divine character in nature and in people's consciences.


              Special revelation is essential to our faith. Without it, the Christian religion comes from below, from the finite, fallible imaginations of sinful men. When we confess special revelation, we know that the truth we preach and believe comes from God himself. Special revelation is not only the backbone of our preaching and teaching, it also fuels our worship. So we read in Psalm 18:1-3:

               

              I love you, O LORD, my strength.

              The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

                     my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,

                     my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

              I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,

                     and I am saved from my enemies.

              - Psalm 18:1–3

               

              We worship because of who our God has revealed himself to us to be. In these verses, David praises God for being his rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, the horn of his salvation, and stronghold. When we behold this truth revealed to us, it evokes our admiration and affections for God.


              Sunday School

              For this Sunday’s Adult and Teen Sunday School, read Strange New World, chapter 5. The children’s Sunday School will continue its study of the names of God.


              Worship Service

              Ephesians 3:1-6 teaches the fact that God has spoken via special revelation through Paul and what it means for the church. Two Sundays ago, we looked at the “Stewardship” of the mystery. Who has God’s mystery? Paul and the other apostles, as well as the prophets. The message of Christianity was not revealed to just anyone. Many of the unique doctrines of the New Testament were not even revealed to older generations of prophets—the godly men who proclaimed God’s revealed word during the Old Testament times. Christ Jesus chose and appointed a select group of his followers who were entrusted with a special responsibility to proclaim God’s revealed Word to the world. The Word of God preached by these men is called a “mystery” because it was hidden and unknown until God chose to reveal it. Their message, however, is no longer a “mystery”; it has been revealed to us through “his holy apostles.” Therefore, when we build our church upon the New Testament, we are building upon truth that has come to us from God himself. This coming Lord’s Day I will finish my sermon on this passage, considering the “Source” and “Substance” of the mystery.

               

              Call to Worship: Psalm 18:1-3

              Hymn 7 [Majesty] Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

              Hymn 154 [HTLG] Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted I mentioned a couple weeks ago that the word mystery is very important in the writings of Paul. As a matter of fact, he identifies several different aspects of New Testament teaching as a “mystery” now revealed, including the gospel (Rom 16:25-27; Col 1:21-29). The gospel is well summarized in this hymn that puts to beautiful poetry and music the fundamental truth that Christ died for our sins. The gospel of Christ is our foundation indeed: Here we have a firm foundation; here the refuge of the lost; Christ, the Rock of our salvation, His the Name of which we boast. Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded who on Him their hope have built.

              Prayer & Offering

              Hymn 89 [HMA] My Jesus Fair

              Prayer of Confession & Assurance

              Congregational Reading: Psalm 19:7-11

              Hymn 559 [Majesty] The Sands of Time Are Sinking

              Sermon: A Mystery Revealed, Part 2 from Ephesians 3:1-6

              Hymn 177 [Majesty] Our Great Savior

              Prayer

              Benediction

               

              This Sunday’s evening service will have a sermon on “Illumination” from the end of 1 Corinthians 2.