Morning Worship: August 12, 2018
I was glad when they said unto 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 p. 533/689
*Prayer of Adoration
*Psalm of Adoration: RT 65 Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne
Confession of Sin: Isaiah 53:1-8 (in unison) p. 652/847
Silent Prayer & Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 130:7-8 p. 551/714
Confession of Faith:
Belgic Confession Article 37
And therefore the consideration of this judgment, is justly terrible and dreadful to the wicked and ungodly, but most desirable and comfortable to the righteous and elect: because then their full deliverance shall be perfected, and there they shall receive the fruits of their labor and trouble which they have borne. Their innocence shall be known to all, and they shall see the terrible vengeance which God shall execute on the wicked, who most cruelly persecuted, oppressed and tormented them in this world; and who shall be convicted by the testimony of their own consciences, and being immortal, shall be tormented in that everlasting fire, which is prepared for the devil and his angels. But on the contrary, the faithful and elect shall be crowned with glory and honor; and the Son of God will confess their names before God his Father, and his elect angels; all tears shall be wiped from their eyes; and their cause which is now condemned by many judges and magistrates, as heretical and impious, will then be known to be the cause of the Son of God. And for a gracious reward, the Lord will cause them to possess such a glory, as never entered into the heart of man to conceive. Therefore we expect that great day with a most ardent desire to the end that we may fully enjoy the promises of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.
*Songs of Celebration: As the Deer (Nursery is open)
RT 649 More Love to Thee, O Christ
Prayer of Supplication: (see insert)
Scripture Reading: Revelation 20:7-15; 22:12-21 p. 1101/1424
Sermon: Hell and the Believer
Theme: The doctrine of hell has many benefits for believers. This doctrine helps us with:
- Mortification of Sin
Matt. 5:29-30; Luke 23:43; 1 Peter 1:4-5; John 17:12; Psalm 119:37; Rom. 8:13.
- Contentment of Heart
Phil. 4:11-12; Rom. 1:21; Num. 14:27; Psalm 86:12-13.
- Seriousness of Life
John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Matt. 5:4; Luke 6:21, 25; Isaiah 53:3; Psalm 119:136.
- Appreciation of Christ
1 Peter 1:8; Luke 7:47; Psalm 22:1; Isaiah 53:6; Rom. 8:32; 1 John 4:19.
Prayer of Application
*Hymn of Commitment: RT 650 I Will Sing of My Redeemer
Prayer for Tithes and Offerings
*Doxology: # 625
*Benediction: Romans 16:25-27 p. 1012/1309
Closing Comment: The Family Disease: “He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous.” Luke 18:9. The sin which our Lord here denounces, is “self-righteousness.” We are all naturally self-righteous. It is the family disease of all the children of Adam. From the highest to the lowest–we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We secretly flatter ourselves that we are not as bad as some, and that we have something to merit the favor of God. We forget the plain testimony of Scripture: “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” “What is man, that he could be pure; or one born of woman, that he could be righteous?” “There is no one righteous, not even one!” The true cure for self-righteousness, is self-knowledge. Once let the eyes of our understanding be opened by the Spirit–and we shall talk no more of our own goodness. Once let us see what sin there is in our own hearts, and what the holy law of God requires–and self-conceit will die. We shall lay our hand on our mouths, and cry with the leper, “Unclean, unclean!” Leviticus 13:45. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32. “Christ died for the ungodly!” Romans 5:6. (J.C. Ryle)