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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 6/12/2022

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Morning Meditation

Exodus 3:12

[12] He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

The sign that God has sent Moses will not be revealed until after the people of Israel have been brought out of Egypt. Trust and obey. Trust Me first, then I will affirm with a sign.

The battle to trust and not fear is a common battle to all. I believe God is trustworthy even when I don’t know how it’s going to work out and why He would send such weak people to do such difficult tasks. Oh wait…because it’s for His glory and not man’s.

I often send these out via text message to some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Below is a response from one of them.

“It’s a strange form of trust. What if you were climbing a mountain and I passed you down a rope and told you to trust your weight to it, but was also clear that by that I did not mean that the rope would certainly not break (it might) but only that even if it did break, as you fell to the depths, you would have the sudden feeling that this was alright, and perhaps better than making it to the top anyhow? God promises that if we trust him all will go well, but by that he does not mean that it will go as we wish. He means it will go as he wishes and that we will come to believe that to be best for us, however it may differ with our own wishes. We know the Israelites wished to stay in Egypt. They said so. But God gave them what they did not want because they trusted him.”


Morning Meditation

Genesis 47:4

[4] They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to *sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”

One might think that Jacob had not been sojourning previous to arriving in Egypt. Yet, he had been living in the the land of Canaan that God had promised to give the descendants of Abraham.

Yet, when Pharaoh asked him how old he was, he replied: Genesis 47:9

[9] And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.”

He described his entire life as “the years of my sojourning.” Maybe this means nothing or maybe he was looking beyond this life and this land. Maybe he had his eye on Beth-el!


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 1/2/2022

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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 9/5/2021

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Order of Worship—John 16.16-33

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Ps. 107:1-9) Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!  2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble  3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.  4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;  5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.  6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.  7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.  8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!  9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

(Ps. 107:32-37) 32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.  33 He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,  34 a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.  35 He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.  36 And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;  37 they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield.

Hymn No. 136 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn No. 499 Victory in Jesus

(Jn. 16:26-27) 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;  27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

Hymn No. 555 I Love You, Lord

Sermon—John 16:16-33

Lord’s Supper

Hymn No. 143 You are My All in All

Benediction

(Jn. 16:33) 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have [conquered] the world.”

To his Kingdom, there will be no end! It is an abiding victory and his victory is our victory by faith!

Next Week’s text: John 17:1-26 Part 1


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