Morning Worship: August 18, 2019
The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. Psa, 111:2
Silent Prayer of Preparation
God’s Greeting of Grace, Mercy and Peace
*Call to Worship: Psalm 95:6-11 p. 532/686
*Prayer of Adoration
*Hymn of Adoration: RT 9 All You that Fear Jehovah’s Name
Confession of Sin: Romans 3:9-20 p. 1001/1296
Silent Prayer and Assurance of Pardon: Romans 3:21-26 p. 1001/1296
Confession of Faith: WSC Q. & A.’s 58-61
58. What is required in the fourth commandment? A. The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as He has appointed in His word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy Sabbath to Himself.a Deut. 5:12-14.
59. Which day of the seven has God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath? A. From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath.a Gen. 2:2–3; 1 Cor. 16:1–2; Acts 20:7
60. How is the Sabbath to be sanctified? A. The Sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day,a even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days;b and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship,c except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.d Exod. 20:8, 10; 16:25–28. b. Neh. 13:15–22. c. Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7; Ps. 92 title; Isa. 66:23. d. Matt. 12:1–31.
61. What is forbidden in the fourth commandment? A. The fourth commandment forbids the omission or careless performance, of the duties required,a and the profaning the day by idleness,b or doing that which is in itself sinful,c or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.d Ezek. 22:26; Amos 8:5; Mal. 1:13. b. Acts 20:7, 9. c. Ezek. 23:38. d. Jer. 17:24–26; Isa. 58:13
*Songs of Celebration: RT 689 Be Still, My Soul (Nursery)
RT 393 Come, Let Us Join with One Accord
Prayer of Supplication: (see insert)
Scripture Reading: Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Mark 2:23-28; Heb. 4:1-11 p. 4/68/884/1063
Sermon: Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath
Theme: The fourth commandment demands that we rest from our labors and worship Christ.
- The biblical teaching of the Lord’s Day
Gen. 2:3; Ex 31:13; Isa. 58:13-14; Amos 8:5; Lev. 23:3; Mark 2:27; 3:4; Luke 13:15-16; 14:5; Matt. 5:17-18; Rom. 14:5-6; Col. 2:16-17; John 20:1; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Rev. 1:10.
- The blessed principles of the Lord’s Day
Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:24-25; Amos 8:5; Heb. 4:1-11; Matt. 11:28.
Prayer of Application
*Hymn of Commitment: RT 390 Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray
Prayer for Tithes and Offerings
*Doxology: RT 731
*Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21, 25 p. 1072/1385
Closing Comment: Prayer is the mightiest weapon that God has placed in our hands, the best weapon to use in every difficulty, the surest remedy in every trouble, the key that unlocks the treasury of promises, the hand that draws forth grace and help in time of need, the silver trumpet that God commands us to sound in all our necessity, the cry He has promised always to listen to, just as a loving mother listens attentively to the cry of her child. Be sure that no time is so well spent, as that which a man spends on his knees. What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits in private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy, pray little–and those who are eminently holy, pray much. What is the cause of most backslidings? I believe, as a general rule, one of the chief causes is neglect of private prayer. People are backsliders on their knees, long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world. Fear not because your prayer is stammering, your words feeble, and your language poor. Jesus can understand you! “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2. (J.C. Ryle)