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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

May 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Announcements & Meditation

 

– Call to Worship –

 

+ ADORATION
Minister: The Lord is risen!
Congregation: He is risen, indeed!

 

SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 40:28-29
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

 

+ PRAYER

 

+ PSALM
O, ‘Twas a Joyful Sound to Hear, p. 160

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– Confession –

 

EXHORTATION

 

PSALM
I Waited for the Lord, p. 74

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CONFESSION OF SIN
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Isaiah 6:5

 

+ ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Proverbs 8:35
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.
+ PSALM 18: Abbreviated Responsive
Minister: I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
Congregation:  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
Minister: My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
Congregation: My buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Minister: I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised:
Congregation: So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Minister: For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
Congregation: And I have not wickedly departed from my God.
Minister: Great deliverance he gives to his king;
Congregation: And shows mercy to his anointed,
Minister: To David, and to his seed for evermore.

 

+ HYMN
Rejoice, the Lord is King, p. 326

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– Consecration –

+ SCRIPTURE READING
Genesis 39:7-21, 1 Corinthians 6:15-20
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

 

ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBER
CC: Austin and Elyse Jensen

 

 

PSALM
Psalm 23, bulletin p. 10

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Dr. David Erb

 

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Opening: Isaiah 54:5
Thanksgiving: Isaiah 51:3
Petitions: Isaiah 52:9-10

 

 

+ HYMN
We All Believe in One True God, pp. 404-405

 

 

CC: Calvinism 4.0: Chestertonian Calvinism

Sermon

 

Introduction:

When these precious doctrines of ours—referring to the sovereignty of God over all things—are twisted in such a way as to perpetuate gloom, severity, introspection, accusations, slander, gnat-strangling, and more, the soul is not safe.

Whenever God delivers His people in a remarkable way, as the years go by, the new wineskin will turn gradually into an old wineskin. Part of this process is that the number of unregenerate people starts to grow, but they are stuck with the vocabulary of the previous great reformation and revival. This gives them new material to work on, new material to distort. Given enough time, distort it they will.

The Text:

“And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee” (Deut. 28:46–48).

Summary of the Text:

In the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, the people of Israel are being instructed on the nature of the blessings and curses that will come upon them in accordance with their covenantal obedience and disobedience. That whole chapter makes for sobering reading. The blessings are outlined in the first 14 verses. But beginning at verse 15, the bulk of the chapter is dedicated to a description of the curses that will come upon them. Not only will God curse them, but He will rejoice over their destruction (v. 63). But right in the middle of it, in our text, we are told why the people of God veered away from the blessings that follow obedience and into the dark world of insanity and disobedience.

It was because, while they had the blessings, they did not treat them or respond to them as blessings. Responding to blessing with greed or with guilt incurs wrath. The required response was gratitude. The curses will rest upon them for a sign and a wonder, and on their descendants as well (v. 46). The reason is then given. They are cursed because they did not serve God with two attitudes of thanksgiving—with joyfulness and with gladness of heart (v. 47). On top of this, they were not joyful and glad in heart because of all the stuff (v. 47). And that is why they will be turned out, consigned to the cruelties of their enemies, to the point of their final destruction (v. 48).

Lifted Out of the Mire:

As we will see later in this series, when we come to describe the sin of man, the heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can understand it (Jer. 17:9)? But part of this desperate wickedness and confusion can be seen in the refusal to get up when God declares an invitation to do so. We must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Pet. 5:6). But if we have humbled ourselves in truth, then we won’t kick and squall when He does the next thing, which is to exalt us, lifting us up into gladness. If the humility does not end in gladness and triumph, then the humility did not begin (really) in humility at all.

“Glory and honour are in his presence; Strength and gladness are in his place” (1 Chron. 16:27).

“And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord” (2 Chron. 30:21).

“The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: But the expectation of the wicked shall perish” (Prov. 10:28).

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,” (Acts 2:46).

Some Historical Observations:

So we are addressing a biblical concept, but are not using a biblical word for it. Where do we get this word Chestertonian for what we are talking about?

“But there is no understanding the period of the Reformation in England until we have grasped the fact that the quarrel between the Puritans and the Papists was not primarily a quarrel between rigorism and indulgence, and that, in so far as it was, the rigorism was on the Roman side. On many questions, and specially in their view of the marriage bed, the Puritans were the indulgent party; if we may without disrespect so use the name of a great Roman Catholic, a great writer, and a great man, they were much more Chestertonian than their adversaries” (C.S. Lewis, Selected Literary Essays, p. 116, emphasis mine).

As participants in a great and true reformation, this attitude really was characteristic of the early Protestants, for the first century or so. Lewis again: “From this buoyant humility, this farewell to the self with all its good resolutions, anxiety, scruples, and motive-scratchings, all the Protestant doctrines originally sprang” (English Lit, p. 33).

And here is the central point—this demeanor, this Spirit-given, Christ-exalting demeanor—is an essential part of the program. It is not an add-on extra.

Leaning Toward Resurrection:

The suspicion that is directed against an exuberant gratitude for stuff is a suspicion that places the things of earth in some kind of a competition with the things of heaven. This world competes with the eternal things, and so what we must do is get a five gallon bucket of dour paint thinner, and pour it over all our material possessions. We try to make Heaven thick by making earth thin. This is wrong-headed, and incurs the latter half of Deuteronomy 28 to boot.

What we must do is receive all God’s covenantal blessings, as thick as we can conceive of them, and then imagine how much thicker Heaven will be. We receive them, in the name of Christ, as hors d’oeuvres, to whet the appetite, to make us long for more. We are not trying to get out of a prison. We are trying to get out of the entry room, and into the mansion.

In George Herbert’s lovely poem, Sunday, he describes the Lord’s Day as “the next world’s bud.” Later in the poem, he calls Sunday “a day of mirth.” This is no incongruity. James, the Lord’s brother, suggested that if someone was merry he should sing psalms (Jas. 5:13).

“Puritan poets . . . knew that part of their work in this world was to wean their affections from the unmixed love of it. But they also knew that this world was God’s metaphor for His communicable glories and that another part of their duty was to see and utter that metaphor, to use the figural value of this world to turn their attentions and affections to the next” (Daly, God’s Altar, p. 81).

 

 

 

CCD: (Ty Knight)

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PRAYER
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer, p. 411

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OFFERTORY

 

 

PRAYER
Tis by Thy Strength the Mountains Stand, pp. 332-333

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– Communion –

 

 

THE BREAD
Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior, p. 208

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THE WINE
Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior, p. 209

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– Commissioning –

 

+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Doxology (Erschienen ist), p. 271

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here blow;
Praise Him above ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Hallelujah.

 

CHARGE & BENEDICTION
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. Amen. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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May 6, 2018
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9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Logos School Field House
110 Baker St, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Moscow, ID 83843 United States
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