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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (8:30 am & 10:30 am)

October 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Announcements & Meditation

 

– Call to Worship –

 

+ Adoration
Minister: Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Congregation: And also to you.

 

Scripture
Psalm 19:1-3
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

 

+ Prayer

 

+ Psalm
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah…………bulletin pg. 10

 

– Confession –

 

Exhortation

 

Psalm
Be Gracious unto Me, O God………………………….88 (PS 56.1)

 

Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Psalm 19:12-13

 

+ Assurance of Pardon
Isaiah 26:12
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.

 Congregation: Thanks be to God!


+ Confession of Faith: Apostles Creed
Minister: Christian, what do you believe?
Congregation: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into Hades.  On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

+ Responsive Reading: Heidelberg Catechism: Question 57
Minister:  What comfort does “the resurrection of the body” give you?
Congregation: That after this life my soul shall be immediately taken up to Christ, its Head, and that this flesh of mine, raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and be conformed to the glorious body of Christ.

 

+ Hymn

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– Consecration –

 

+ Scripture Reading
Haggai 1:1-13; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

 

Hymn

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Congregational Prayer
Opening: Psalm 69:16
Thanksgiving: Psalm 69:30
Petitions: Psalm 69:13

 

+ Psalm
God of Vengeance, O Jehovah………………………..124 (PS 94.1)

 

First Service: Themes in Proverbs 4

Sermon

Introduction:
We are currently very aware of politics because we are in an election season, and because our political discourse is inflamed. We are very much under the chastisement of God, and it would be wise for us to consider ancient wisdom from the book of Proverbs as we pray about what to do.

Text:
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2).

Summary of the Text:
We have made this point before, but it bears repeating. Righteousness at the top matters. Unrighteousness at the top matters. The people rejoice when they are ruled in wisdom by those who know what righteousness is, and who embrace it. When the wicked rule, which they frequently want to do, the people suffer and mourn. Politics is therefore the art and science of a people choosing, by means God has appointed, their own happiness or misery.

The Leadership We Deserve:
While blessings flow to the people from the top, as per our text, it is also the case that God assigns rule that is consistent with the character of the people. A dissolute people at the bottom are not going to find sobriety at the top.

Our temptation is to think that we can get what we want from the government, as though that is the end of the story. It is just part of the story. “Many seek the ruler’s favour; But every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord” (Prov. 29:26).

Righteousness is a characteristic, or not, of a people, of a nation. The Scriptures use this adjective in describing the people generally. And look what follows after that. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people. The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: But his wrath is against him that causeth shame” (Prov. 14:34–35). When righteousness is valued by a people, then the king’s favor is directed toward the wise, and away from the shameless.

Further, when the people are given over to transgression, the result is political upheaval. “For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: But by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged” (Prov. 28:2).

In short, there is an important interplay between the righteousness of the people in the street, and the righteousness of the throne. You cannot have one without the other.

Not Whether, But Which:
Government is coercion. The difference between righteous and unrighteous rule is the identity of those who are coerced. As Vladimir Lenin put it in that pithy way of his, “Who? Whom?”
The only real question is whether the ungodly will coerce the godly, or whether the godly will coerce the ungodly. When a godly man is on the throne, he disperses the evil just by the way he looks at them. “A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes” (Prov. 20:8).

And he does not do it by accident either. It happens on purpose. “A wise king scattereth the wicked, And bringeth the [threshing] wheel over them” (Prov. 20:26).

Secularism is a Joke:
Righteousness is the foundation of every stable commonwealth, and righteousness requires theological definition. Wisdom says, “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth” (Prov. 8:14–16). We are not talking about IQ here, or brain power.

A ruler must be one who hates corruption, who hates a bribe. “The king by judgment establisheth the land: But he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it” (Prov. 29:4).

He must also be faithful to the poor, which is not the same thing as pretending to love the poor. Remember that Judas stood up for the poor, by which he meant to stand up for his continued access to money that was designated for them. “The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, His throne shall be established for ever.” (Prov. 29:14).
Again, righteousness is essential, and righteousness is never generic. The Lord Jesus is our righteousness.

“It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: For the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; And they love him that speaketh right. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: But a wise man will pacify it. In the light of the king’s countenance is life; And his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain” (Prov. 16:12–15).

If a king listens to liars, he is going to get a lot more of what he subsidizes. “If a ruler hearken to lies, All his servants are wicked” (Prov. 29:12). They will start to think, “well, if that’s what it takes to get ahead around here . . .”

The foundation of all political stability is hesed—faithfulness, love, loyalty, lovingkindness, steadfast love. “Mercy and truth preserve the king: And his throne is upholden by mercy (hesed)” (Prov. 20:28).

At the Lord’s Mercy:
When we pray, we must do so knowing that our deliverance is from the Lord. He can deliver us, and He is the only who can deliver us. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever he will” (Prov. 21:1).
What are we to do in the meantime? First, we should not give way to political radicalism. We are reformational, not revolutionary. “My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: for their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?” (Prov. 24:21–22).

Work at your craft. Strive for excellence. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; He shall not stand before mean men” (Prov. 22:29).

Have children, and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. “In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: But in the want of people is the destruction of the prince” (Prov. 14:28).

All of Christ for All of Life:
Our problem is that for many generations we have had far too many people in politics who happened to be Christians. That is like sending people into politics who happen to be stamp collectors. That is their hobby on rainy evenings. What we need are Christians in politics. Moreover, to be in politics means to be a Christian in the polis—in your family, in your school, in your business, and in your artisanship.

And this is only possible if we understand that the crucified and risen Christ is at the right hand of God the Father, looking warmly at us, encouraging us to preach it again. Say it again. Tell them again.

Second Service: Bearing One Another’s Burdens (Mike Lawyer)

Sermon

Galatians 5:19-6:2

Introduction:

There are 59 verses in the Bible that tell us to do something with or to one another. Thirteen or so tell us to love one another. Others say things like, “’Do not steal. ‘Do not lie. Do not deceive one another” (Lev. 19:11). Or, “I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct (or counsel) one another” (Rom. 15:14). Or our text here in 6:2 which says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Another area of Burden Bearing

Restoring a brother who has been caught in a sin is one of the ways we are to bear one another’s burdens. We usually think this is the job of the pastors or even, perhaps, a “professional.” But Ephesians says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:11–12). The work of ministry is to be done by the saints so that the body of Christ might be built up. The pastors and teachers are supposed to teach the rest of the folks how to do these works. And one area of works of ministry is the restoration of brothers and sisters who have fallen into sin.

Who is supposed to help with our friend’s burden?

You who are Spiritual restore such a one (Gal. 6:1). What does spiritual mean? I believe it means someone who has the Spirit of God living in them. Someone who has the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of them.

And the person who has the spirit living in them is by definition spiritual.

Things to Check Before Jumping In

Next, our text tells you to “consider yourself lest you also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1). We consider ourselves in several ways:

We make sure we are regularly and consistently fellowshipping with God in his word. This does not simply mean reading the Bible. It means meeting with God as we read our Bibles. Our Bible study should be bathed in prayer. Many of us think reading our Bibles is something we are required to do to be good Christians, but I tell you, you might be a legalist instead. In order to be qualified to help your brother you need to be prayerfully reading your Bible. You need to be eating it, living it, walking in it. It needs to be what you want to do when you are doing anything else. This is not because you yearn for information, but because you yearn to be with Christ and to be transformed into Christ’ likeness.

How do we do what we do?

The text says do it gently. But what does that look like? Here is one of those times when the fruit of the Holy Spirit is also something we are commanded to do. Remember back in 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” So, when we are spiritual, gentleness is one of the things that we are by nature. But Paul also tells us to exercise gentleness in the process.

How do we know when we are finished?

The text doesn’t say. But that there is a sense in which, because we are all in the battle against sin all the time, we are always lifting one another up to the Lord, and helping each other to walk with God. But more specifically, restored means, your brother is no longer caught in the sin (or other related and attached sins), and he is walking with God on his own (regular Bible study, confessing his sin regularly and quickly, working in ministry to others, sharing what he has learned about God with others, regularly participating in corporate worship, etc.)

Conclusion:

All of this is to think about another way to bear one another’s burdens. One thing not discussed yet is that Paul also tells us that when we bear one another’s burdens it fulfills the law of Christ. It isn’t obviously clear what “the law of Christ is,” but based on a book that is full of cursing the legalistic adherence to the law the law of Christ must be the exact opposite of the law of Moses, in this context. We can see that the law of Moses was binding people’s hearts and souls. It was making people judgmental and hard. It was making people tired and angry, frustrated and mean toward one another. The law of Christ, then, is the same as the law of love. Does love cover the weaknesses of others? Does love order our lives? If we err do we err on the side of God’s love? Is Jesus exalted? Does Jesus show up as the god of the universe, the one we follow with every fiber of our being? Would we rather have Jesus than breath?

 

 

Prayer

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Offertory
Prayer
+ Psalm 19……………………………..bulletin pg. 8-9 (PS 19.1)

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Dr. David Erb

 

– Communion –

 

The Bread

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The Wine

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– Commissioning –

 

+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Doxology…………………………………………………….437 (SM 13.1)

 

Charge & Benediction
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessings of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon, and remain with you always. Amen.

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Date:
October 23, 2016
Time:
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Christ Church
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belmerkle@christkirk.com
Website:
christkirk.com