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

October 16, 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.

Proverbs 30:4-5
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!


+ Prayer


+ Hymn

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– Confession –


Give Ear, O Lord, to All My Thoughts……………6-7 (PS 5.1)


Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Proverbs 16:6


+ Assurance of Pardon
Isaiah 26:1
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 56
Minister: What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins?”
Congregation: That, for the sake of Christ’s reconciling work, God will no more remember my sins or the sinfulness with which I have to struggle all my life long; but that he graciously imparts to me the righteousness of Christ so that I may never come into condemnation.


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– Consecration –


+ Scripture Reading
Leviticus 19:9-18; Mark 12:28-34
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!


First Service: Gilead Elijah Sumpter
(Baptized by Pastor Jack Bradley, OPC)
Congregational Charge: Little child, for you Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled and suffered; for your sake He crossed Gethsemane and went through the darkness of Calvary; for your sake He cried: ‘It is finished’; for your sake He died and for your sake He overcame death; indeed for your sake, little child, and you—still— know nothing of it. And thus the word of the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.’
(Taken from an old French Reformed Baptism Rite)


Psalm 121………………………………bulletin pg. 10 (PS 121.2)

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Dr. David Erb


Congregational Prayer
Opening: Proverbs 18:10
Thanksgiving: Proverbs 3:6
Petitions: Proverbs 15:29


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First Service: Themes in Proverbs 3


The image for wisdom in Proverbs is overwhelmingly feminine — but so is folly. The book of Proverbs is dedicated to teaching young men to walk up rightly, and this means taking women into account, women of both kinds. Women must learn from the book of Proverbs also, but need to do it in reverse. Don’t be the kind of woman that godly fathers and mothers are warning their sons about.

The Text:
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” (Proverbs 14:1)

Summary of the Text:
The wise woman and the foolish woman have this in common — they are both woman, which means that they both do their work in distinctively feminine ways. Edification is feminine, and so is the opposite of edification.  The wise woman is a woman that builds her house. The foolish woman gives her task her personal attention as well, and tears her house apart with her own hands.

There are distinctively feminine temptations and sins. They do exist; they are a reality. And we live in a time when to say something like this is considered to be an outrage, an attack upon all women. If you say that certain sins are distinctively feminine, you are heard to be saying that all women are distinctively sinful, which is absurd.

This automatic indignation has the effect of preventing women as women from receiving admonition or rebuke, which is simply a way of denying them pastoral care.
But the reality is this. Distinctively feminine sin is a parody of something that is also distinctively feminine, which is to say, wisdom. A distinctively pearl-like necklace would not be possible without real pearls. And to attack fake pearls is not to attack pearls.
So let us begin with the two main feminine parodies — seductiveness and shrewishness.

Women Strange
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.” (Prov. 6:23–25).

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, And knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, Understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, From the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, And they froward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God.” (Prov. 2:10–17).

“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a fair woman which is without discretion” (Prov. 11:22).

“Such is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, And saith, I have done no wickedness.” (Prov. 30:20).

Women Out of Temper
“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, Than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” (Prov. 21:9).

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and an angry woman.” (Prov. 21:19).

“It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.” (Prov. 25:24).

“A continual dropping in a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, And the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself” (Prov. 27:15–16).

Women True
“A gracious woman retaineth honour: And strong men retain riches” (Prov. 11:16).

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones” (Prov. 12:4).

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favour of the Lord” (Prov. 18:22).

“A foolish son is the calamity of his father: And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: And a prudent wife is from the Lord” (Prov. 19:13–14).

The Virtuous Woman
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, So that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; She bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth meat to her household, And a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, And strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: Her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, And her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: For all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; Her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; And delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; And she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, But thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her own works praise her in the gates” (Prov. 31:10–31).

Second Service: Pleasant Words


Messages on the tongue can easily cause every Christian to respond with some sort of uh oh. We all know how readily we sin with the tongue, and if a preacher is aiming for conviction it is fairly easy to hit that target through preaching on “sins of the tongue.” But we all know, whether we receive reminders or not, that gossip, cattiness, lying, spin control, tale-bearing, and any other such things, are sins to be confessed and forsaken. But let us suppose we have cast these demons out, and the house is swept and furnished. What happens next?

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Prov. 16: 21-24).

The power of the tongue is enormous, but many Christians imagine this to be the power of dynamite, randomly thrown about. The power is thought to be simply destructive; constructive uses are scarcely to be imagined. But this is not the biblical emphasis at all. The power of the tongue to do good is clearly attested throughout the Scriptures. The wise in heart are known as prudent (v. 21). Notice the general flow in this passage, which is heart to mouth. Wisdom in the heart leads to sweetness on the lips, which in turn causes others to learn (v. 21). Understanding, like wisdom, is also in the heart, and it is described as a wellspring of life, bubbling up (v. 22). But what bubbles up out of the heart of the fool? Folly. The mouth of a wise man is instructed by his heart (v. 23). Moreover, his heart adds learning to his lips, which amounts to a reinforcement of the same thing (v. 23). Pleasant words are a honeycomb, going down to the soul and down to the bones (v. 24). Notice that wisdom in this passage goes from the inside to the outside, and then it travels from the outside back down to the bones of others.

Beware of verbal scribbling. Edifying conversations require discipline and thought, and words should be weighed more than counted. “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things” (Prov. 15:28).

Now the point of this message is not all the bad things you will do if you pour out evil things (although you will). Rather the point of the comparison is to think of the positive good you will do if you study “how to answer.” The point of thinking about one’s answers is not simply in order to “stay out of trouble.”  “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29). The point is to do what is pleasant, good, and righteous.

Suppose some parents said to a child something like this: “Now, while we are gone, we don’t want you to spend any time on the trampoline. Instead we want you work on your reading for school.” Suppose further the parents came home later to discover a child who had done no reading, but who had not gone near the trampoline, and who therefore thought he had been obedient. Now what?

Earrings go in the ears, and not in the eyebrows. There is a place for everything, and everything in its place. It is the same with words. If you take a sapling, which is a good thing, and try to plant it in your sidewalk, you cannot defend the folly by insisting that saplings are a good thing.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. As an earring of gold, and     an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear” (Prov. 25:11-12).

Someone who is only interested in venting his own heart does not need to consider the destination. In other words, in speaking, is the goal to dump or to fill?

“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness” (Prov. 10:32).

One of the dangers of abstraction is that we start imagining that sentences should be evaluated simply on the basis of truth, and so we neglect larger issues of contextual propriety.

“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” (Prov. 15:23).

Notice that everywhere the Scriptures link the tongue and the heart. “The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth” (Prov. 10:20). And the Lord Jesus put the question past all dispute.

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matt. 12:34-36).

This is not a promise that in the judgment God will lose all sense of proportion, and begin straining out the gnats in your idle words. Rather, it is making the profound point that idle words are sufficient to determine the content of the heart. If I found a bottle of vinegar, one drop on the tongue would tell me what it was. And would this be unfair to the rest of the bottle?

Again, the issue is positive good. How many times the Bible tells us this! “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked” (Prov. 10:11). “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Prov. 15:4)



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+ Jehovah to My Lord Has Said……………………..150 (PS 110.1)


– Communion –


The Bread
Let All the Earth with Loud Rejoicing…………94-95 (PS 66.1)

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The Wine
Let All the Earth with Loud Rejoicing………..96-97 (PS 66.1)


– Commissioning –


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


Charge & Benediction
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


October 16, 2016
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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