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Christ Church Sunday Morning Service (9:00 am)

June 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 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
Isaiah 42:10-13
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

+ Prayer

+ Hymn
Lead On, O King Eternal……………………………312 (CR 18.1)

– Confession –

Exhortation

Psalm
How Long, O Lord, Will You Forget……………….14 (PS 13.1)

Confession of Sin
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
1 John 1:8-9

+ Assurance of Pardon
Ephesians 1:7-9
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 36
Minister: What benefit do you receive from the holy conception and birth of Christ?
Congregation: That he is our Mediator, and that, in God’s sight, he covers over with his innocence and perfect holiness the sinfulness in which I have been conceived.

+ Psalm
Blessed the Man that Fears Jehovah………………..166 (PS 128.2)

– Consecration –

+ Scripture Reading
Numbers 16:1-11; 3 John 1-14
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

HOUSEHOLD BAPTISM
Eden Points
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
To Thee, O Lord Who Dwellest in the Height…..161 (PS 123.1)

Congregational Prayer
Opening: Romans 8:27
Thanksgiving: Romans 14:6
Petitions: John 5:14

+ Psalm
Psalm 125……………………………….Bulletin pg. 9 (PS 125.1)

Sermon
1st Service: Psalm 73
Sermon

Introduction:
Asaph was an important singer in Israel, and this is the second psalm composed by him. In addition, it is the first of eleven by him. We do not have any details of his biography, as we do with David, but we learn a great deal about his personal piety simply from the psalms. This psalm provides a particularly good example.
The Text:
“Truly God is good to Israel, Even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked . . .” (Ps. 73:1–28).

Summary of the Text:
Asaph sets his anchor at the very beginning of the psalm (v. 1). In vv. 2-14, he records the details of his temptation to envy the prosperity of the wicked. Having stated this problem, he is nonplussed about how to act (vv. 15-16). He comes next to the solution to his dilemma, realizing the destiny of the wicked (vv. 17-20). He comes to this realization through worship. He then adores the wisdom of the God, and concludes the psalm with robust praise (vv. 21-28).

Heart and Feet:
When you begin to doubt the righteousness of God, your own righteousness is wavering on the brink. If God is not righteous, then what is righteousness (v. 1)?

When the heart is clean, God is seen to be good, known to be good. But Asaph almost lost it at this point, and as a result his feet almost slipped. The problem was that in his heart he envied foolish and wicked men. They are, as sleek as all get out, getting away with it. Their little piggy eyes are closed over with fat, and somebody gave them a golden pride necklace. They are proud of having little piggy eyes, award-winning eyes. Everything seems to be going their way, and they talk big. Their tongue struts through the earth.

They sit down with a full cup. They have it all—wealth, women, wine. They raise that full cup in a toast. Where did omnipresence go? What can omnipotence do? What does omniscience know? They talk this way and no lightning bolts sizzle them where they sit . . . what can the pious heart conclude?

The pious heart wonders what is the point? They sin up a storm, and are sitting on top of a pile of good things. I deal with my sins honestly every morning, and then go out to wrestle with my afflictions (vv. 2-14).

So What’s the Point?
Asaph then realizes that he is completely undone. If there is no point, then there is also no point in having no point. He realizes that if he spoke the way his heart wanted to speak, he would stumble the children of God. When everything collapses into nihilism, nihilism also collapses. And when he sought to grapple with these things, carnal reason could not do it. It was too painful for him (vv. 15-16).

A View from the Sanctuary:
What happens now is that faith grasps something. This is not a faint hope, or a wispy dream. This is not the fan of a losing baseball team thinking something like, maybe next year. This is the view from the sanctuary. Asaph went to worship God, and it was then and there that he understood.

Their insolent pride was located in a slippery place. They were careening toward destruction. When it happens, it will happen in a moment. It will be a desolation flash. They will be consumed with terrors, and all their wealth, both fists full of it, will amount to what you could carry out of a dream.

Conviction After the Fact:
When Asaph came to see the folly of their great sin, he also saw the folly of his great sin. If it is foolish to be preening yourself because you are high above all your fellows—because you are standing on a tall gallows—how foolish is it to envy the man who is standing up there? That must be the best view in the city. Who envies the turkey his comforting fat two weeks before Thanksgiving? Who congratulates the man who dreamt that he won the lottery?

And Asaph is pierced to the heart by his own folly, comparing himself to a beast. But notice the nature of his faith. At the beginning he says that he had almost slipped, but here he acknowledges that God was continually with him, and that God held him up by the right hand. The man who almost slipped was guided by the good counsel of God, and was going to be received into glory.

His flesh will fail. His heart will fail, but God is the strength of his heart—meaning that his failing heart will never fail. Can a Christian fail and fall away from Christ? Absolutely yes. Can Christ fail and fall away from a Christian? Absolutely no. Take that yes and take that no, and place both of them in the palm of the Father’s hand. They harmonize there. They are not a contradiction because they are answering two different questions. If it were possible for a Christian to lose his salvation, every Christian in this place would have already done so.

Were Christ’s bones breakable? Were they made of a substance that could be broken if the necessary force were applied to them? Of course. Christ’s bones were not made out of titanium. Is the Word of God breakable? The answer is of course not (John 10:35). And the Scriptures declared that no one bone of His would be broken (Ps. 34:20; John 19:36).

Those who are far from God will perish. Those who draw near to Him will never be cast out. It is therefore good to draw near to God, which is why we have come to the sanctuary (v. 28).

You can be broken, but the Word cannot be. You can fail, but Christ cannot fail. Your logic can trip and fall, but the Logos can never fall. The failures can all fail Christ, and do. But Christ never fails His failures.

Prayer
Ending with The Lord’s Prayer………………………411 (SM 21.1)

Offertory
Prayer
+ Ecclesiastes……………………………..bulletin pg. 10 (CR 71.1)

– Communion –

The Bread
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee……………………….359 (CR 58.1)

The Wine
In Every Time I’ll Always Bless the Lord…….60-61 (PS 34.1)

– Commissioning –

+ CLOSING DOXOLOGY
The congregation may raise hands
Gloria Patri………………………………………………..436 (SM 12.1)
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen, amen.

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.

 

Details

Date:
June 19, 2016
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Organizer

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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