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Downtown Sunday Morning Service (9:30 am)

February 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Announcements & Meditation


– Call to Worship –


Minister: Bless the Lord who forgives our sins.
Congregation: His mercy endures forever.


Isaiah 8:13
Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!




Jesus Shall Reign, p. 311

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– Confession –




Chide Me, O Lord, No Longer, p. 8

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Congregation is invited to kneel if able
Isaiah 1:18


Isaiah 57:19
Minister: Your sins are forgiven through Christ.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!

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 8: Abbreviated Responsive
Minister: O Lord our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Congregation: You who have set Your glory above the heavens.
Minister: Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings You have ordained strength
Congregation: Because of Your enemies, that You might still the enemy and the avenger.
Minister: When I consider Your heavens the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained;





With All My Heart My Thanks I’ll Bring, p. 182

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– Consecration –

Lamenations 3:19-30; 1 Peter 2:19-25
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!


CC: Ian & Lydia Engerbretson


Psalm 114, bulletin p. 10

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Opening: Isaiah 54:1
Thanksgiving: Psalm 95:1-2
Petitions: Psalm 25:1, 4-5



On Christ, the Solid Rock, bulletin pp. 8-9

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Dr. David Erb (music) Edward Mote (poetry)



CC: The Christ Stone (Douglas Wilson)




Remember the broader context of this epistle, which is the need to cultivate holiness under pressure. And as we begin to see, that pressure is not necessarily insignificant. And whether you will be able to do this will depend entirely on your relationship to the Christ Stone.

The Text

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ . . . ” (1 Peter 2:1–25).

Summary of the Text

Given the fact of the new birth, it is necessary to live out the ramifications of that new birth. So set aside every form of malice, deceit, two-facedness, envy, and bad talk (v. 1). Desire the Word, and do it the same way newborns desire milk (v. 2). This is so that you might grow, and you are driven by instinct and experience both (v. 3).

You have come to a living stone, one accepted by God and rejected by men (v. 4). Those who come to the living stone are living stones themselves, fashioned into a Temple where their sacrifices will be as acceptable to God as Jesus Himself is (v. 5). Scripture predicted this. God will lay His chief cornerstone in Zion, and the one who believes will not be confounded (v. 6). So believers consider Him precious, and those who treated Him as the rejected stone will see Him established, despite their rejection, as the principal cornerstone (v. 7). To them He is the stone of stumbling, a stumbling that was assigned to them (v. 8). In contrast, you believers are His elect nation, formerly in the darkness but now in the light (v. 9). Once you were not a people, and now you are a people, under the mercy (v. 10).

That being the case, abstain from lust, which is at war with your soul (v. 11). Mark that it is your lust which is at war with your soul. Live honestly among the pagans, such that they will be ashamed when they lie about you (v. 12). Don’t be scofflaws; respect civil authority (v. 13-14). You will be slandered as anarchists, so make it plain through your orderly lives that this is a lie (v. 15). You are slaves of Christ, making you free with regard to them, so don’t abuse your liberty (v.  16). Honor all men; love your brothers; honor the king (v. 17). House slaves (oiketes) are to be subject to their masters, including the harsh ones (v. 18). It is praiseworthy if a man suffers when innocent (v. 19). But where is the glory when you patiently endure what you richly deserved anyway (v. 20)?

All of us as Christians are called to imitate His example (v. 21). He did no wrong, and did not lie (v. 22). When He was reviled, He did not return fire (v. 23). When He suffered, He committed His case to God (v. 23). He bore our sins in his own body on the tree in order that we might be made dead to sin, and live to righteousness (v. 24). By His stripes we were healed—we were like sheep wandering, but have now returned to the shepherd and bishop of our souls (v. 25).

An Internal War

The theme we considered earlier, the fact that we are strangers and pilgrims here, is brought up again (v. 11). You are in a strange land, Peter urges. Don’t drink the water, he says. But then a peculiar aspect of this pilgrimage and exile comes out. You are strangers in a strange land, and yet this alien place has an anchor in you. You are a stranger here now, but this was not always so. You were a native of this place, and you were turned into a pilgrim. Not only so, but you were not turned into a pilgrim instantaneously or all at once.

This is why he says “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” This alien land still has a foothold in you, and you experience that foothold as lust or desire. Peter teaches us that the great spiritual war that is going on all around us has a counterpart within us.

Honor and Submission

I want you to look ahead to the first word of the next chapter. Peter, speaking to the wives, says likewise. They are to be in subjection to their husbands likewise. Likewise to what?

All believers are told to be subject to “every ordinance of man” (v. 13)—to kings and to governors. Domestic slaves are told to be subject to their masters, including the harsh ones (v. 18). And Christ Himself suffered great indignities at the hands of revilers (vv. 21-23). Wives, follow these examples (1 Pet. 3:1). But wait . . . we are not done. Look down at verse 7—husbands, likewise . . . (homoios).

Any Christian anywhere, who has people who ought to be subject to him (father, employer, husband, etc.), therefore has a glorious opportunity to model for all of them how easy it is to subject yourself.

What Stone to You?

We are considering the Christ Stone. Christ is everlastingly the same, yesterday, today, and forever. But the reactions to Him vary wildly, widely. Christ is either the living stone, the cornerstone, upon which other living stones are fitted and placed, or He is rejected as having that role, and He becomes the stone of stumbling.

“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, A tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: He that believeth shall not make haste” (Is. 28:16).

This is quoted here, and in Romans 9:33 and Romans 10:11.

“And he shall be for a sanctuary; But for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, For a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem” (Is. 8:14).

And this is quoted in our text, and in Romans 9:33 also.

“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:22–23).

This is quoted in our text, and also in Acts 4:11; Luke 20:17; Mark 12:10-11; Matt 21:42. This is how the Lord understood Himself, and this is how his apostles understood Him. But this brings us down the essential question before us all right now. How do you understand Him? It is either marvelous in your eyes that God has brought about this great reversal—taking the rejected stone as the principal stone—or your eyes are blinded to the nature of the Christ Stone, resulting in a blindness and a stumbling that was appointed to you as your appointed destiny (1 Pet. 2:8).

“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matt. 21:44).

There are the alternatives—broken and built or stumbled and crushed. But it is Christ either way.




CCD: 1 Peter 3:1-7 (Matt Meyer)


This sermon is really Part 3 of a series on submission or “being subject to” someone.  And, for those of you with chapter subtitles in your Bible you can see that it has to do with husbands and wives.  Here in Chapter 3, we are told to look back to the example set by Christ by:

  1. Putting ourselves under submission to authorities as this is the will of God.
  2. Looking to Jesus as our perfect example to follow/imitate.
  3. Entrusting ourselves completely to Our Heavenly Father, just like Jesus did.

Peter is taking these principles and the example of Jesus, pushing them into the corners of all our relationships — particularly the most thorny ones.  And, the thorniest of our relationships tend to be with the people we spend the most time together.  It makes sense, as we consider that surely these people should know us and know our needs…but somehow they fail too in meeting all our expectations.


For both husbands and wives, Peter begins his exhortation with “likewise”, which means that both the wife and husband are under the same authority and are supposed to follow the same example.  Husbands and wives are NOT different from this perspective.  And, as this section, closes in verse 7, Peter emphasizes that the man and woman are joint heirs in Christ.  The glorious inheritance that Peter has talked about earlier is the same for both.  The salvation is the same for both.  As Paul says in his letter to the Galatians 3:28, in Christ there is neither male nor female in this regard.


At the same time, the “likewise” is followed by two very different sets of commands.  The wife is exhorted to be subject to her husband and the husband is commanded to live with understanding and honor his wife.  Like Paul’s words to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5, the commands are tailored to each based on their role in the marriage.


To the wives, Peter says that if you submit to your husband you are positioning yourself to expect God to work in your husband’s heart.  Similarly, husbands are exhorted that if they live with their wives with understanding, their prayers will not be hindered.  God’s commands always come with promises.

Wives, be submissive to your husbands

Here Peter’s command for submission is limited by the possessive pronoun “their”.  This means that the wife is only commanded to be submissive to her husband not men in general.  When you married, you did so complete with public vows.  And, if it was a Christian wedding, those vows would have included a promise to obey.  Now for those young ladies considering marriage, this should be an admonition to choose wisely a man who you respect (better yet, one your parents also respect!).  It will make obeying this command a joy.

Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in Gods sight is very precious.

The emphasis on the heart over external adornment is strengthened as Peter continues with this verse.  There is an aspect of our obedience that can be partially hidden.  I say partially, because it is hardly possible to disguise ‘feelings’ of antipathy from getting onto the surface somehow.   Nothing looks worse than a forced smile covering a heart full of hatred.   This is where we get terms like “giving lip service” instead of heart obedience.  We don’t want this in our kids, and God doesn’t want it in us.

So once the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves and were submissive to their husbands,  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord.

The Scriptures point out several narrative interactions that we can look at.  We see in these excerpts, Sarah obeying Abraham in his a simple and foolish commands.  At the same time we see Sarah making her mind known to Abraham.  My point here is not to draw specific commands for the wives of our generation, but to highlight what Peter exhorts — namely to consider Sarah and women like her as models to imitate.  This is more of an orientation an allegiance than something that can be bottled up in a specific list of “do’s” and “don’ts”. If you are “aiming” to model Christ, and are seeking to walk as Jesus walked.  The pattern to trace, to follow, is to call your husband “Lord” like Sarah.   And, the heart attitude covering this pattern is joy.

Likewise you husbands, live considerately with your wives.

The term “considerately”, means that the husband should live with ‘understanding’ with his wife.  He must learn what her needs are and then provide for those needs.  Given the differences and complexity of the sexes, he will a lifetime of learning, but that doesn’t mean he has time to fritter away.  He can get a lot done early by working at it.  Think of the 80/20 rule.  This message is not to point to every detail but to say — get after it.  Many good books are out there.  You’re the man.  Take the initiative to pick one up and read it together with her — don’t wait to stumble over the books she leaves in your way hoping to get your attention.

Winston Churchill said, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”  As Christians, our failures need not remain chains halting our progress.   If you are not doing or have not been doing what Peter exhorts in this passage, you can leave the chains of sin and guilt behind.   You can go on without losing enthusiasm.  Confess your failure and repent (turn) to God for grace.  This act of humility is where God will meet you and lift you up.




Ending with The Lord’s Prayer, p. 411

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Christ is Made the Sure Foundation, p. 344

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– Communion –



The Church’s One Foundation, p. 327

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Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness, p. 260

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– Commissioning –


The congregation may raise hands

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(Benediction scripture here)


February 25, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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