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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 11/14/2021

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Is it possible to be a secret follower of Christ? That is a question I seek to answer in the context of this story. Let me know what you think.

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

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Order of Worship—John 19.16b-30

Opening Chorus “He has made me glad” page 579

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

(Ps. 22:1-31) To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.  3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.  5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.  6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.  7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;  8 “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”  9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.  10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.  11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.  12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;  13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.  14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;  15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.  16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet–  17 I can count all my bones– they stare and gloat over me;  18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.  19 But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!  20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!  21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!  22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:  23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!  24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.  25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.  26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!  27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.  28 For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.  29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.  30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;  31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Hymn No. 446 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine”

Hymn No. 225 “There’s Power in the Blood”

Pastoral Prayer

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

Sermon John 19:16b-30

The Lord’s Supper

Hymn No. 389 “Blest Be the Tie”

Postlude

Next Week’s Text: John 19:31-42


I Have a Problem with Pilate’ Sign

The charge for which Jesus died was insurrection and sedition. To claim that one rules as King over what Caesar had already laid hold of resulted in capital punishment. But, as we know, the chief priests’ real charge was blasphemy for which the law demanded that one to be stoned. But there was no law for claiming to be a king. Therefore, if they were to carry out their plan to kill Jesus, they needed the Romans to do it because at that time they were a slave state and had no authority to carry out their desires.

So, the charge needed to change for that to happen. Jesus most certainly was the Promised Messiah/King of the Jews. But Pilate doesn’t hear theological categories but political categories. Therefore, Pilate’s sign reflects the charge for which Jesus died: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

But I have a problem with the sign. I don’t have a problem with its content. I believe it to be the truth. But rather it lacking my sin for which Jesus did not refuse and for which he willingly died and all of which he was innocent of committing. He died for his enemies like me that his strips might heal my sinful soul.

What about you? Do you have some additions to make to Jesus’ sign?


Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 10/31/2021

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Sermon Manuscript for Lord’s Day 8/22/2021

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Order of Worship—John 15.18 – 16.4a

Prelude

Announcements and Welcome

Call to Worship

(Ps. 150:1-6) Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!  2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!  3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!  5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

Hymn No. 22 “We Will Glorify”

Pastoral Prayer

O, Father, the storms and winds have blown this week and they are still raging! May our feet remain firmly planted on the Rock and not sand. We need you! The pain of loss…the pain of not knowing what’s next…the pain of things being different…the pain waiting for bad news…O Lord please hold us fast. Be near us! Comfort our hearts. Help us bear one another’s burdens. May we weep with those who weep.

But we do not grieve as those without hope! (1 Cor. 15:55-58) 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Hymn No. 56 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

(2 Tim. 3:10-17) 10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,  11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra– which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.  12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,  13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it  15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Hymn No. 344 “Ancient Words”

Sermon John 15:8 – 16:4a

Hymn No. 663 “O Church Arise”

Benediction

(Jas. 1:2-4)  2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

(2 Cor. 13:14)  14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


Sifted But Strengthened

In the text below I am so glad of the “when” instead of an “if.” This is huge for us as believers. For if Satan is sovereign there would be no mercy. His intent is to kill and to destroy. Yet, he is subject to Jesus who is sovereign. One might ask why does God who is sovereign allow Satan to remain? My first statement would be, “He will destroy Satan.” However, for now God has a purpose for him. In this text, God uses Satan to strengthen Peter and Peter strengthened his brothers. Satan demanded but his demand is limited by the sovereign Lord. Not only does Jesus limit the demand, He prays for Peter and had determined that he would not be destroyed. For Jesus says, “when” not “if” you turn again. But for now there will be sifting and interceding for the strengthening of the saints.

Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

1. Take courage that Satan is not sovereign

2. Take courage there is purpose in suffering

3. Take courage that Jesus intercedes for His own

4. Take courage that God alone is all-powerful and sovereign