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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/15/2021

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Order of Worship—John 15.12-17

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Ps. 116:12-19) 12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?  13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,  14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.  15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.  16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.  17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.  18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,  19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

Hymn No. 6 “How Great Thou Art”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 156 “Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners”

(1 Cor. 3:4-11)  4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?  5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.  6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.  10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.  11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Hymn No. 346 “The Church’s One Foundation

Sermon—John 15:12-17 “Loving Other Leaky Pots”

Hymn No. 234 “When I survey the Wondrous Cross”

Benediction

(2 Pet. 1:3-8) 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,  4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s love one another and bear much fruit for God’s glory! Make every effort!


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/8/2021

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Order of Worship—John 15.1-11

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Jer. 17:5-8)  5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.  6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.  7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Hymn No. 571 “This is the Day”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 456 “How Firm a Foundation

(Ps. 42:1-2) As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.  2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Hymn No. 554 “As the Deer”

Sermon—John 15:1-11

Hymn No. 559 “More Love to Thee, O Christ”

Benediction

(Col. 1:9-12) 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;  12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/1/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.18-31 Part 2

Prelude

Announcement and Greeting

Call to Worship

Revelation 5

Hymn No. 47 “Fairest Lord Jesus”

Pastoral Prayer (as we prepare to come to the table)

Hymn No. 656 “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

(Lam. 3:24)  24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Hymn No. 506 “In Christ Alone”

Sermon John 14:18-31 Part 2

Lord’s Supper

Benediction Hymn No. 668 “Doxology”


A Consistent Theme

I’ve been reading the Navigators Bible reading plan for several years. It’s one of those that has you reading in four different places throughout the year. I often notice consistent themes and connections between the four readings. This morning was one of those obvious ones.

It began in:

2 Chronicles 26:15-16

[15] In Jerusalem he made machines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, *till he was strong.

[16] *But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. *For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

The next reading in the Psalms came from that creciendo at the end where the psalmist is giving us reasons why God is worthy of praise and describing how our disposition should be towards him:

Psalm 147:10-11[10] His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, [11] but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

If that were not enough, Luke records an exchange Jesus had with a crowd about greed:

Luke 12:16-21

[16] And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, [17] and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ [18] And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ [20] But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ [21] So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

None of the above is possible apart from the work of Christ, the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit which is exactly how the readings ended:

2 Thessalonians 2:14-17

[14] To this he called you through our gospel, *so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. [15] So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

[16] Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, [17] comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Though this wasn’t in my reading, this is what came to mind:

2 Corinthians 12:10

[10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/25/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.18-31 Part 1

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship—Psalm 77

(Ps. 77:1-20) I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.  2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.  3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah  4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.  5 I consider the days of old, the years long ago.  6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:  7 “Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?  8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?  9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah  10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”  11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.  13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?  14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.  15 You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah  16 When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.  17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.  18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.  19 Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.  20 You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 

Hymn No. 68 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Prayer for Students, teachers, staff and schools

Hymn No. 28 “To God be the Glory”

(Heb. 10:19-23) 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,  20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hymn No. 339 “Standing on the Promises”

Sermon—John 14:18-31 Part 1—Promises Made

Hymn No. 338 “Wonderful Words of Life”

Benediction

(Rom. 8:33-39)  33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Retreat

This post has reminded me that I need to consider a time of solitude myself with the Lord. Those days were hard but the Lord was faithful to see us through! Don’t lose heart, dear pilgrim. May the joy of the Lord be your strength!

The Word Is Not Imprisoned

This past weekend I (Kimberly) spent a night, by myself, at the campus conference center and hotel (known to Southwesterners as the LDC). As Jason and I tried to explain to others what I was doing, we tried to come up with a name to call my time alone. The whole purpose was for me to be refreshed in the Lord. I had become so tired physically and spiritually, I really needed uninterrupted time with God. As I sat in the room and began journaling, I simply called it a retreat. At first I thought how odd that a word could have such different meanings. I was reminded of when Yosemite Sam screamed, “Retreat!” in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, he meant to turn around and go the other way quickly!  That was definitely not what I was doing! However, the more I thought about it, that’s exactly what I needed to be doing. It wasn’t long…

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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/18/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.12-17

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to worship

(Ps. 20:1-5) May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!  2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!  3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah  4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!  5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

Hymn No. 1 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 122 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

(Jn. 14:15) 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Hymn No. 500 “Trust and Obey”

Sermon John 14:12-17

Hymn No. 534 “Take My Life, and Let it Be Consecrated”

Benediction

(Acts 2:17-21)  17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;  18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.  19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;  20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.  21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 7/11/2021

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Order of Worship—John 14.1-11

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(1 Pet. 2:2-5) 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation–  3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.  4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,  5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hymn No. 154 “What a friend we have in Jesus”

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 603 “When We all get to heaven”

Psalm 86:10 You are great and perform wonders.

Hymn No. 6 “How Great Thou Art”

Sermon John 14:1-11

Hymn No. 611 “On Jordon’s Stormy Banks”

Benediction (Heb. 10:32-39)  32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,  33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.  34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.  35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;  38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”  39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls


How should we do Theology?

I haven’t reread my old blog posts but I know the road travel since I wrote this one in 2007. I would say things differently but not too much. But I can say the road traveled since I wrote this has very much attempted to do the hard word of unearthing the glorious treasures in the Word. Not to believe something new but to see it for myself and check my work with the time-tested confessions. I’m interested in revisiting my blog posts to see how the Lord has changed me. So, I begin with my very first post.

The Word Is Not Imprisoned

On Systematic Theology: Reading Scripture Resulting in Biblical Theology Resulting in Systematic Theology 

We, the church, have found ourselves, at least some of us, with seemingly strong theological conclusions, however, we have hardly any idea how we developed these conclusions. Like the saying of any good math teacher, “Show your work even though the answer may be in the back of the book. The answer is not the answer unless you show your work.” How do we teach theological conclusions or systematic theology and not teach someone how to unearth that conclusion? Simple, we tend to preach and teach someone else’s conclusions. This has a lasting effect on the church which results in an unequipped body. This must change. There is a way to preach and teach the Bible by which you feed the sheep and delicately show them how to read the Scriptures.

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