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Downtown Sunday Morning Service (9:30 am)

September 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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
Psalm 90:1-2
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

 

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+ HYMN
Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah………….bulletin pg. 9

 

– Confession –

 

EXHORTATION

 

PSALM
Psalm 129………………………………bulletin pg. 10

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Dr. David Erb

 

CONFESSION OF SIN
Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Psalm 32:4-5

 

+ ASSURANCE OF PARDON
I John 2:1-2
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: Questions 110 & 111
Minister: What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
Congregation: He forbids not only the theft and robbery which civil authorities punish, but God also labels as theft all wicked tricks and schemes by which we seek to get for ourselves our neighbor’s goods, whether by force or under the pretext of right, such as false weights and measures, deceptive advertising or merchandising, counterfeit money, exorbitant interest, or any other means forbidden by God. He also forbids all greed and misuse and waste of his gifts.
Minister:  But what does God require of you in this commandment?
Congregation: That I work for the good of my neighbor wherever I can and may, deal with him as I would have others deal with me, and do my work well so that I may be able to help the poor in their need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ HYMN

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– Consecration –

+ SCRIPTURE READING
2 Chronicles 1:6-12; Colossians 1:3-12 
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

 

ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBERS
CC: Chad and Jannell Farrell and family

 

PROFESSION OF FAITH BAPTISMS
CC: Garrett and Spencer Farrell
Congregational Charge: Our brother, 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, our brother, and this is what you have heard and believed. And thus the word of the apostle is confirmed: ‘We love God, for He loved us first.

 

 

 

HYMN

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CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Opening: Psalm 138:1-3
Thanksgiving: Deuteronomy 11:13-14
Petitions: Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

+ PSALM
Be Gracious unto Me, O God…………………………88

 

CC: Apostles Creed 11 (Douglas Wilson)

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Introduction:
And so now we come to an odd one, one which reveals a fairly large gap in cosmology between a child of the biblical era and a child of the modern era. It is also a testing point, sometimes, for the most stalwart inerrantist. Wait, what? You think that an actual star came down and picked out a house in Bethlehem for the magi? And all God’s people, along with our Christmas cards, said, yup.
Cosmology answers the question of what kind of world you assume yourself to be living in. Is the cosmos mostly empty space, punctuated here and there by flaming gases and dead hunks of rock? And with our miniscule lives tucked away in some miniscule corner of it? Or is the whole thing an intricately designed artifact, one that fits easily in the palm of God’s hand?

The Text:
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.

Summary of the Text:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matt. 12:40).

Jesus knew that He would die and go to Hades (Ps. 16:10). He also knew that He would be there for a brief time. It would be sometime less than four days—Lazarus began to see corruption after four days (John 11:39), and the episode with Jonah told Him exactly how long it would be. He knew on the strength of Psalm 16 that He would not be abandoned there. Peter, preaching on the day of Pentecost, quoted Psalm 16 as a proof of the resurrection. “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell [Hades, translating the OT Sheol], neither his flesh did see corruption” (Acts 2:31). Not only was this a prediction of a resurrection, but of a resurrection after a comparatively brief time in the grave. The Christ was to be in Sheol/Hades, but not for long.

Distinguishing Some Terms:
The final judgment, the eternal lake of fire, is what Jesus called Gehenna. But this is different from Hades, which should be understood as the intermediate place of departed spirits. The Old Testament name for this place was Sheol. We distinguish Sheol/Hades from Hell proper because John tells us that death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).

We are sometimes thrown off because many translations of the Apostles Creed say, “He descended into hell.” The problem with this is that the Lord did not descend into the lake of fire, into a place of torment. The Apostles Creed was originally written in Greek, and the word at this place is Hades, not Gehenna. The confusion occurred because Hel was the name of the Norse goddess who ruled over the underworld. In other words, our word Hell used to mean something more like Hades.

Symbolism . . .
In Scripture, the ultimate description of the final things is given to us in symbolic language. But do not play with this like a liberal. Liberals say that something is “symbolic” as a coping mechanism, trying to get the reality being represented to go away. But what is greater, the symbol or the reality being pictured? If the lake of fire is literal, it is really bad. If it is figurative, then it is actually far, far worse.

The word Gehenna comes to us from the Valley of Ben Hinnom outside Jerusalem. That was the dump, the landfill, where fires were constantly burning, and where worms never went extinct. It had been the place where Molech worship had once been conducted.

In the Old Testament Era . . .
In the time before the Messiah came, the expectation of the godly was to die and go to Sheol. Jonah (most likely) actually died and cried out to God from the depths of Sheol (Jon. 2:1). The psalmist expected that Sheol would swallow him up (Ps. 18:5; 86:13; 116:3).

In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, they both died and went to Hades. In that parable, Hades was divided in two by a vast chasm. The side where Lazarus was had the name of Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:23), while the rich man was in torment in Hades. Nevertheless, communication occurred across the chasm.
In our text, Jesus said that He was going to be three days and nights in the heart of the earth. But He also told the thief on the cross that He would be with him in Paradise that same day (Luke 23:43). So then, Abraham’s bosom was also known as Paradise. To the Greeks, this would have been Elysium. This is where Jesus went, and preached across the chasm.

The Greek word for the lowest pit of Hades, the worst part, was Tartarus. This word is used once in the New Testament (without any redefinition, mind). Peter tells us this: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell [Tartarus], and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (2 Peter 2:4).

What Did the Lord Do While There?
While in Hades, the Lord preached. But the preaching was not “second chance” preaching. Rather the word used is one used for heralding or announcing, not the word for preaching the gospel. “By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water” (1 Pet. 3:19–20).

He Holds All the Keys:
The Bible teaches us that Jesus is the king of all things. The devil is not the ruler of Gehenna—Jesus is. The lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41). Furthermore, Jesus holds the keys to Hades as well. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell [Hades] and of death.” (Rev. 1:18). When the Lord rose from the dead, He led captivity captive (Eph. 4:8)—all the saints in the Old Testament who had died and gone to Abraham’s bosom were transferred when Paradise was moved (Matt. 27:52). And by the time of Paul, Paradise was up (2 Cor. 12:4).

That at the Name of Jesus:
And so we preach Jesus, king of Heaven, and Lord of Hades. Hades is the place where He emptied out Paradise, and Hades is the place He will throw into the lake of fire. He is the king, I tell you. And so we proclaim Him, such that at the name of Jesus every knee might bow, whether in Heaven, or on earth, or under the earth (Phil. 2:10).

 

 

 

CCD: Matthew 7:11 (Matt Meyer)

Sermon

 

Spiritual Child Rearing Series: How much more?
(Matthew 7:11)

1. God is bent on revelation of Himself to His creatures.
What has God revealed or how how He revealed Himself? In Romans 1:19-20  “Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” While we may think of this verse primarily in terms of general revelation to an unbelieving world, George MacDonald points out how God reveals His character in very practical and poetic ways to reveal Himself to His children.

2. Jesus’ use of the “how much more” argument
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus argues from the lesser to greater four times using the phrase: “how much more.” For example in Matthew 7:1, Jesus says, “if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! The argument is, if you know how to act kindly toward your children, how much more will you Father in Heaven be actively giving gifts to His children.

3. Reverse engineering
Reverse engineering is the process of starting with a finished product and working back through its components to understand how it was made. Similarly, if we look at how we raise our children and experience life with them, even as wicked people, we can reflect on how much more God deals perfectly with us.

4. How it all starts
In John 3, Jesus deals with Nicodemus’ desire to understand entrance into God’s kingdom. Jesus lays out with clarity that God’s family is entered through only one door — spiritual rebirth. What Nicodemus struggles to comprehend Jesus answers with analogies and Scripture aimed at heart issues of need and faith.

5. Hinderances to rebirth and growth
Belief is not stopped by the knowledge of a God more powerful, more loving or more awesome than Jesus. It is not like we are evaluating all the religions of the world, building a spreadsheet and making a comparison or ranking, and then choosing the best of the lot. No, John 3:19-20 says that unbelief is a result of loving the darkness rather than the light because of evil deeds and the resulting shame. While this verse is pointed toward unbelievers, it often applies to believers trapped in some level of unbelief about the thoroughness of God’s forgiveness.

6. God’s purpose in redemption of His children
God’s purpose in bringing this about is based solely on His love and extended grace to us. “While we were yet sinners Christ loved us” His express purpose is to unite us together with Himself and the Son. In Christ, God has already cleansed us from our sins, and in our new state of being (as child of God), we are being changed into His likeness. And, while this process will not be complete until the day of Christ Jesus (1 John 3:2), it is inexorable (Philippians 1:6).

 

 

 

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OFFERTORY

 

 

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– Communion –

 

 

THE BREAD

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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 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

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Date:
September 10, 2017
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Organizer

Christ Church
Email:
belmerkle@christkirk.com
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Venue

Nuart Theatre
516 S Main St
Moscow, ID 83843 United States
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