Morning Worship: October 20, 2019
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalm 122:1
Silent Prayer of Preparation
God’s Greeting of Grace, Mercy and Peace
*Call to Worship: Psalm 100
*Prayer of Adoration
*Hymn of Adoration: RT 65 Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
Confession of Sin: Matthew 22:36-40
Silent Prayer and Assurance of Pardon: Isaiah 55:6-7
Confession of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism
- What are the duties required in the ninth commandment? A. The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, and the good name of our neighbor, as well as our own; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly, and fully, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, and in all other things whatsoever; a charitable esteem of our neighbors; loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name; sorrowing for, and covering of their infirmities; freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, defending their innocence; a ready receiving of a good report, and unwillingness to admit of an evil report, concerning them; discouraging tale–bearers, flatterers, and slanderers; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requires; keeping of lawful promises; studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.
- What are the sins forbidden in the ninth commandment? A. The sins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbors, as well as our own, especially in public judicature; giving false evidence, suborning false witnesses, wittingly appearing and pleading for an evil cause, out–facing and over–bearing the truth; passing unjust sentence, calling evil good, and good evil; rewarding the wicked according to the work of the righteous, and the righteous according to the work of the wicked; forgery, concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause, and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof from ourselves, or complaint to others; speaking the truth unseasonably, or maliciously to a wrong end, or perverting it to a wrong meaning, or in doubtful and or equivocal expressions, to the prejudice of truth or justice; speaking untruth, lying, slandering, backbiting, detracting, tale–bearing, whispering, scoffing, reviling, rash, harsh, and partial censuring; misconstructing intentions, words, and actions; flattering, vain–glorious boasting, thinking or speaking too highly or too meanly of ourselves or others; denying the gifts and graces of God; aggravating smaller faults; hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when called to a free confession; unnecessary discovering of infirmities; raising false rumors, receiving and countenancing evil reports, and stopping our ears against just defense; evil suspicion; envying or grieving at the deserved credit of any, endeavoring or desiring to impair it, rejoicing in their disgrace and infamy; scornful contempt, fond admiration; breach of lawful promises; neglecting such things as are of good report, and practicing, or not avoiding ourselves, or not hindering what we can in others, such things as procure an ill name.
*Songs of Celebration: RT 168 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
RT 560 Lord, Speak to Me (Nursery)
Prayer of Supplication: (see insert)
Choir: My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-17; Hebrews 6:9-20
Sermon: Exodus 20:16 You Shall Not Bear False Witness
Theme: The ninth commandment demands that we not lie, but rather speak the truth in love.
- The Need for Truth
Deut. 17:6; Zech. 8:16; Eph. 4:25; 1 Tim. 5:19; Gen. 3:12; Pro. 18:8; 1 Tim. 5:13; Matt. 15:19-20; Psa. 101:5; Matt. 7:1-2; Pro. 18:17; 25:8-10; 1 Cor. 4:5; Eccl. 5:5; Psa. 15:4.
- The God of Truth
1 Sam. 15:29; Rom. 3:4; John 14:6; 8:44; 1:14; Pro. 10:19; 6:16-19; Heb. 6:13, 17-18; Rom. 6:18; Eph. 4:21.
Prayer of Application
*Hymn of Commitment: RT 305 Arise, My Soul, Arise
Prayer for Tithes and Offerings
*Doxology: RT 731
*Benediction: 1 Peter 5:10-11, 14b
Closing Comment: Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2 What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath. . . Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy. . . We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds. . . Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God. . . God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy. . . Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins–the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world–and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer. . . There is more evil in a drop of sin–than in a sea of affliction. . . Knowledge without repentance–will be but a torch to light men to Hell.