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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (8:30 am & 10:30 am)
October 9, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Announcements & Meditation
– Call to Worship –
Minister: Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Congregation: And also to you.
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!
– Confession –
Be Not Far Off, for Grief is Near…………………….31(PS 22.2)
Confession of sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
+ Assurance of Pardon
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 55
Minister: What do you understand by “the communion of saints?”
Congregation: First, that believers one and all, as partakers of the Lord Christ, and all his treasures and gifts, shall share in one fellowship. Second, that each one ought to know that he is obliged to use his gifts freely and with joy for the benefit and welfare of other members.
– Consecration –
+ Scripture Reading
Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 18:9-20
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Second Service: Elodie Anne Nieuwsma
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)
My Savior God Is All My Light……………………..50 (PS 27.1)
Opening: Psalm 145:17-19
Thanksgiving: Psalm 136:1-3
Petitions: Psalm 127:1-2
God the Lord Is Known in Judah………………….115 (PS 76.1)
First Service: Themes in Proverbs 2: WealthSermon
The book of Proverbs is nothing if not a practical book. We find in this book the wisdom of God as it applies to our daily lives, and in this message we will be looking at how divine wisdom applies to your check book. Not only does it apply to our individual check books, it also has a great deal to do with how people are able to live together in community at all.
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Prov. 10:22).
Summary of the Text:
As we are going to see, the wisdom of Proverbs likes to reason with double variables. It is better to have this and not that than to have that and not this. We find this kind of reasoning implicit in this text. It is better to have riches and no sorrow than to have riches and sorrow. Of course, worse would to have no riches and sorrow, and better would be to have the riches and no sorrow. We are looking at four options, not just the two that are usually mentioned.
Now the thing that undergirds all of this is the blessing of the Lord. Whatever you have, whatever you own, you must want that blessing on top of it. And if what you own does not have that blessing, then you must either drop everything to seek that blessing, or get rid of what God is apparently not going to bless.
Wealth is Covenantal:
“Honour the Lord with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Prov. 3:9–10).
The fundamental relationship here is not you here and wealth over there. It is a relationship between you and God, accompanied with a multitude of different kinds of counters.
Wealth Is Information:
Speaking of counters, wealth is not “a thing” in itself. It is not as though every spiritual problem would be solved if you just learned how not to think lustful thoughts about gold. Money is a measuring stick, and this means that it is a bearer of information. And so the question is whether you are using that information to keep score the way a Christian ought to keep score.
“Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord” (Prov. 20:10). Back when currencies were backed by gold, this was not a violation of the tenth commandment, but rather a preservation of the ninth. Floating currencies are a lie, and it is no mystery why liars love to have it so. Relativism doesn’t work anywhere.
Wealth Is a Good Thing:
As was assumed above, wealth in itself is a good thing. God is the one who gives us the ability to make wealth (Dt. 8:18), and we must never forget that. The suspicion that some Christians automatically have with regard to wealth is unfortunate, and it is just as likely that they are in the grip of envy as that the wealthier brother that they are “concerned about” is in the grip of greed. “Evil pursueth sinners: But to the righteous good shall be repayed. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Prov. 13:21–22).
Wealth Is a Good Thing If . . .
Nevertheless, Scripture is filled with warnings. Here is one of them. “Labour not to be rich: Cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away as an eagle toward heaven” (Prov. 23:4–5). Do not expect, just because you are you, that money will not do what money always does.
Wealth is a Comparative Good:
Not only are you in relationship with God, you are in relationship with everyone else. This means that you must always think in terms of economic trade-offs, and not economic solutions.
“Better is little with the fear of the Lord Than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith” (Prov. 15:16–17). “Better is a little with righteousness Than great revenues without right” (Prov. 16:8). “Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it” (Prov. 8:10–11; cf. 3:13-16, 18:18-21)
Wealth is a Scorecard:
The proverbs of Scripture are generalizations. They are good generalizations, but still generalizations. They are like the rules of football, and exceptions to the way it usually goes could be compared to bad calls by the refs. They happen, but in the main the way the game is played determines the outcome. And considered this way, hard work relates to how you do. “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: But the hand of the diligent maketh rich” (Prov. 10:4). “He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: But he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent” (Prov. 28:19–20). “In all labour there is profit: But the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. The crown of the wise is their riches: But the foolishness of fools is folly” (Prov. 14:23–24).
Wealth Is Part of a Story:
Take time into account. This is because one of the fundamental things that money measures is time. “An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed” (Prov. 20:21).
Wealth is Messy:
Don’t pretend to yourself that if you had “just a little more,” all your problems would go away. That is like wishing you had 100 cattle instead of 10 so that you could spend less time shoveling out the barn. “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: But much increase is by the strength of the ox” (Prov. 14:4).
And Wealth is Where Christ Is:
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Prov. 10:22). And so we return to our first point, which is that wealth is not the covenant, but is one of the factors of the covenant. Your relationship is with God through Christ. Everything else must revolve around that. It must revolve around that, which is not the same thing as being banished or utterly banned.
We are to be “heliocentric” Christians in this, not geocentric. And everything is wrapped up in this.
Second Service: Worship is Warfare
The church is the “worshiping assembly,” and her mission is to call the nations to worship God. But worship is not only our goal; it is also one of the chief means for achieving that goal. Worship is not a retreat from the church’s work of conquest. Worship is a fundamental “strategy” of the church militant.
“Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat . . .” (2 Chronicles 20:1-30).
Attack From Moab and Ammon:
Though he sinned by giving support to Ahab in the Northern Kingdom (2 Chronicles 19:1-3), Jehoshaphat (whose name means “Yahweh judges”) was generally a faithful and reforming king of Judah. He removed the idols from the land (17:6; 19:3), and appointed judges throughout the land (19:5-11).
When the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites attacked, Jehoshaphat’s response was consistent with that faithfulness:
He assembled the people at the house of the Lord and proclaimed a fast (20:2-5). Even the infants and children were included (20:13; see Joel 2:15-16).
In the assembly (20:5), Jehoshaphat prayed to the Lord. He confessed that the Lord is “ruler” of all nations and that “no one can stand against Thee” (20:6). He called on God to remember His covenant with Abraham (20:7; see Genesis 15:18), and specifically that He had driven the Canaanites from the land and given it to His people (20:7). He reminded the Lord about the promise that He would deliver His people when they turned to Him at His temple (20:8-9; see 2 Chronicles 6:24-25,34-35). His prayer was also a confession of helplessness before the invaders (20:12).
He trusted the word of God through Jahaziel, that the “battle is not yours but God’s” (20:15-17). Jahaziel’s instructions to “stand and see the salvation of the Lord” is reminiscent of Moses’ words at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13). The Lord promised a new “exodus,” a miraculous escape from “Egypt.”
He led the people in humble worship (20:18), and appointed the Levites to praise God (20:19, 21).
In short, he responded with an assembly for prayer, preaching, and praise. He responded with worship.
While the army of Judah went out with the singers in the lead, the Lord “set ambushes” for the Ammonites and Moabites, turning them to fight among themselves (20:22-23). When Judah went to find out what had happened, they found a valley full of corpses, which they plundered for three days (20:24-26; see Exodus 12:35-36). The Moabites and Ammonites came to plunder Judah; but the plunderers ended up plundered. When Judah worshiped, Yahweh became a terror to the surrounding nations (20:29).
Worship Is Warfare:
Worship and prayer are frequently means of warfare in Scripture:
Israel “cried out” during their oppression in Egypt, and the Lord remembered His covenant and came near to (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:6-9).
Throughout the period of the judges, Israel was oppressed and defeated when they worshiped idols. When they “cried out to the Lord,” He raised up a judge to deliver them (Judges 2:11-23; 3:8-11; 3:12-15; 3:1-3; 6:7-10).
When Samuel assembled the people at Mizpah, the Philistines attacked. While Samuel offered sacrifice and cried out to the Lord, He thundered at the Philistines and confused them, allowing Israel to win a great victory (1 Samuel 7:3-11).
In the Heavenlies:
Though the power of worship is evident in the Old Covenant, it is even more so in the New. In Christ, we are positioned in the heavenly places, that is, in places of rule and authority (Ephesians 2:6; see 1:21-23). When we assemble for worship, we join with the heavenly hosts (Hebrews 12:22-24), and our heavenly worship affects the course of earthly history. Our prayers and praises ascend before God, and coals are thrown from the heavenly altar. And the Lord thunders from the heavens, shakes the earth, and scatters our enemies (Revelation 8:1-5).
+ Psalm 15……………………………….bulletin pg. 10 (PS 15.2)
– Communion –
In Every Time I’ll Always Bless the Lord……60-61 (PS 34.1)
– Commissioning –
+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Doxology…………………………………………………….437 (SM 13.1)
Charge & Benediction
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21