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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (8:30 am & 11:00 am)

September 18, 2016

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
1 Peter 2:9-10
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

 

+ Prayer

 

+ Hymn

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– Confession –

 

Exhortation

 

Psalm
Psalm 6……………………………..bulletin pg. 8-9

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Stephen Heller and Dr. David Erb

 

Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Hebrews 4:14-16

 

+ Assurance of Pardon
Isaiah 11:10
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 52
Minister:  What comfort does the return of Christ “to judge the living and the dead” give you?
Congregation: That in all affliction and persecution I may await with head held high the very Judge from heaven who has already submitted himself to the judgment of God for me and has removed all the curse from me; that he will cast all his enemies and mine into everlasting condemnation, but he shall take me, together with all his elect, to himself into heavenly joy and glory.

 

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– Consecration –

 

+ Scripture Reading
1 Kings 18:20-40; Matthew 17:10-13
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

 

PSALM
O Lord, My God, Most Earnestly……………………92

 

 

Congregational Prayer
Opening: 1 Chronicles 16:14,15
Thanksgiving: Psalm 106:1, 2
Petitions: Psalm 121:1, 2

 

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I in the Lord Do Put My Trust………………………12
First Service: Aeneas, Anarchy and America 2

Sermon

Introduction:
In a world gone mad, sanity is always thought to be some form of extremism. When people are wound tight in their scruples, the preaching of free grace is thought to be antinomian license (Rom. 6:1ff). When the early Christians refused to acknowledge the pantheon of gods, they were not accused of monotheism, but rather of atheism. In the same way, because we are living in the era dominated by the gargantuan state, any assertion that we must return to biblical norms will be thought to be anarchy. It is not anarchy, for reasons to be explained shortly, but for the modern statist, it might as well be. Try to think of it as theocratic libertarianism.

The Text:
“Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Deut. 5:16).

Summary of the Text:
When you honor your father and mother as you ought to do, you are honoring your immediate parents, those who establish what we call the nuclear family. But the honor due to our parents is not something that lasts for eighteen years and then poof, it is gone. Dependent children are told to render honor to their parents through obedience (Eph. 6:1-2). But when the children are grown up, and simple obedience is no longer required, the honor is still required, now in the form of financial support (Mark 7:10-13). And it does not stop there. The principle is that this particular kind of honor grows, develops, and changes. The duty to honor does not evaporate. The movement is from “my father,” to “our father,” to “our fathers.”

Politics Is Personal:
As we read Scripture carefully, we see how what we call political power grows up from the family. There is an organic connection between the nuclear family, the extended family, the clan, the tribe, the tribes, and the nation. When Saul is established as the king over Israel, an important institutional development has occurred, but it did not arrive de novo.

Atoms and Molecules:
The central difficulty with atheistic libertarianism and anarchism is that it challenges the right foe, the state, but is attacking an Abrams tank with a peashooter. The individual is an atomistic challenger to corporate man, and corporate man This is why pot-smoking libertarianism is such a joke. The lotus-eaters have never stormed any castle.

In order to resist the artificial swollenness of the modern state, the answer must be the true answer of molecular connectedness—the family and the church. But as soon as you have the family, and people worshiping together in the same language, you have the beginnings of nationhood. As long as Christians are honoring their fathers and mothers (Ex. 20: ), and honoring their leaders in the church (Heb. 13:7,17;

In the Meantime:
The Roman Empire was a hot mess. But even so, Christians were commanded—as far as conscience allowed—to render honor to the agents of it (Rom. 13:7). They absolutely refused to worship the emperor, but this refusal was all the more striking because they were commanded to honor the emperor (1 Pet. 2:17). This is the approach we must take when the state is a disordered one, needing to be raised from its mat, like Aeneas was. Honoring rulers in a diseased state is not compromise; it is obedience to God. “I think myself happy, king Agrippa . . .” (Acts 26:2). Paul walked back what he said about Ananias (Acts 23:5). And Jesus said to “render to Caesar” that which belongs to him (Mark 12:17), which means that something does.

But at different times, in different ways, the political order is not disordered.

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

“Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, And the man who was raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, And his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, Even a morning without clouds; As the tender grass springing out of the earth By clear shining after rain” (2 Samuel 23:1–4).

“It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: For the throne is established by righteousness” (Prov. 16:12).

“Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne shall be established in righteousness” (Prov. 25:5).

Whatever era you live in, whatever political economy has been established—a republic, or a monarchy, whatever—righteousness at the top matters.

Looking Forward:
Now remember that history begins as a garden and ends as a garden city. That city is, in effect, the Christian church, the New Jerusalem, the mother of us all. The kings of the earth do not lose their glory and honor, but rather their glory and honor are placed in true perspective.

“Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame”” (Is. 49:23, ESV).

“And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it” (Rev. 21:24).

Church and Kingdom:
In a rightly ordered society, the church is the cathedral at the center of town. It is the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. All families come to worship the Lord there, but they do not live their lives there. In Christ, through Christ, all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Gen. 12:3), but they live their lives out in the parish, out in the kingdom. They are the Ministry of Health, Education, and Welfare. As they cluster in towns, they have to organize their practical affairs in some kind of order, and that would be the cause of the civil order—the mayor, the governor, the king, the president, the father. This is the Ministry of Justice.

Second Service: Reforming Marriage 5

Sermon

Introduction:
When we realize that we live in sinful world, and we acknowledge that men and women are radically selfish, but in different ways, and that through Christ they can exhibit true virtue, but in radically different ways, opportunities for confusion are not small in number.

The Text:
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives . . . . Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (1 Peter 3:1, 7).

Summary of the Text:
In the previous chapter, the apostle Peter sets the example of Christ’s suffering before us (1 Pet. 2:21). He then tells wives with disobedient husbands to treat them in a certain way, but introduces it with likewise. A few verses later, he tells the husbands to treat their wives likewise. And he also uses the phrase according to knowledge. Use your head. Use sanctified common sense.

As we work through a grab bag of common problems, keep in mind that a healthy majority of all marital problems can be filed under money, sex, and children.

The Nice-Guy Syndrome:
If someone wants a garden full of weeds, no husbandry is necessary. And if someone wants a wife full of frustration, nothing needs to be done to accomplish that either. All a man has to do is leave her alone. And nice guys are very good at leaving their wives alone. A harsh man goes into the garden to trample underfoot. He is a destructive presence. There are men, tragically, who fit this description. But in the Christian Church today, far more have the opposite problem.

Men stumble here when the wife asks for counsel. They stumble when they say I tried that once: They stumble when they say or think I told you so.

Neglecting the Differences Between Men and Women:
We live in an egalitarian culture which hates “unfair” distinctions of any kind. While this position may seem obvious to the modern mind, it is thoroughly unbiblical. If God has created us with certain differences and distinctions, and He did, we ignore those distinctions at our peril. This is particularly the case when it comes to the differences between men and women. But when we make distinctions about classes of people, we must generalize.    When we make sober generalizations we are not being irrational. So we can also generalize about men and women, husbands and wives. For example, men are taller than women (and no, not always).

For example, suppose a husband comes home from work, and it occurs (even) to him that quite possibly his wife did not have the best day. He asks her if anything is wrong. She says nothing is wrong. By this she means that so many things are wrong that she cannot put her finger on one thing alone, and besides anybody should be able see that something was wrong. He says, “Good. For a second there I thought something was wrong,” and goes out to watch the news.

Financial Problems:
First, husbands who have abdicated generally will also have a tendency to abdicate when it comes to setting financial limits for their households. They consequently allow their wives to spend beyond the family’s resources; this is a subset of the larger problem of abdication. Because the husband is afraid to say no on any issue, it makes sense when we see that he cannot say no on financial issues. It is also possible for an abdicating husband to make irresponsible purchases for himself because buying something can create the illusion for him that he has authority in at least one area.

A husband will see no lasting change unless that husband sets himself to be a student of the Word of God—all of it. Many turn the pages of the Bible as though they were going through a cafeteria line. But our responsibility is to be instructed in the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). For heads of households, this study must certainly include the subject of debt and finances.

Pornography:  
The central lie in pornography is that it says men and women have different bodies but the same kind of brain. It says that women are as eager for sex in the same way that men are, and approach sex in the same way that men do. This is the central lie of pornography. In The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis said that when a man, in the grip of lust, says he wants a woman, that is really the last thing he wants. He does not want a woman, but rather a particular sensation for which a woman is the necessary apparatus. If he really wanted a woman, then he would also want a house, a picket fence, curtains, three kids, and the rest of his life with this particular woman.

Criticism:
In marital conversation, words like “never” and “always” are attack words. The Bible requires us to be quick to listen, and slow to speak.    Most of us need practice in being quick to listen. Suppose a spouse presents a concern, and does it without anger. If the other responds with immediate defense, it is probably not being quick to listen. But if he hears her out, and then says something like this—“Let me make sure I am understanding you. You think that . . .” After that point, however he responds, she at least knows that he heard and understood her. This is obedience to the command to be fast in listening.

Listening in this way has two advantages. The first advantage is that it helps in diffusing a potential problem. It is hard to fight with someone who is listening to you considerately. Second, whenever it is done, it is difficult for the other person to slip into a “never” sort of statement such as, “You never listen to what I have to say.”

 

 

Prayer

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Offertory
Prayer
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– Communion –

 

The Bread
The Eyes of All upon Thee Wait……………………..189

 

The Wine

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– Commissioning –

 

+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Gloria Patri………………………………………………..436

 

 

Charge & Benediction
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:25

Details

Date:
September 18, 2016
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Christ Church
Email:
belmerkle@christkirk.com
Website:
christkirk.com

Venue

Logos School Field House
110 Baker St, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Moscow, ID 83843 United States
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