Worship Folder


4/5/20

Meditation

The Christian prays in Christ. . . . The ascended Christ at the right hand of the Father intercedes for the church and presents our individual prayers at the throne of grace, as part of His own prayers. Our prayer mingles with the sweet incense of His prayer.

Hughes Oliphant Old, Worship Reformed According to Scripture, rev. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002), 95.

Cause to Worship          Psalm 47:8–9

8 God reigns over the nations;

God sits on his holy throne.

9 The princes of the peoples gather

as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted!

Hymn    “How Deep the Father’s Love”

Call to Confession         Deuteronomy 30:19-20

19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Assurance of Pardon     Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.

Hymn    “Before the Throne of God Above”

OT Reading     

Law: Deuteronomy 6:4–9 (Loving God with His Word on Heart and Hearth)

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Prophets: Jeremiah 31:31–34 (New Covenant Obedience)

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Writings: Psalm 1:1–6 (Blessing of Delighting in and Doing the Law of God)

1 Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

NT Reading  

John 14:15–17 (Love Produces Obedience)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

Affirmation of Faith         Shorter Catechism 35

What is sanctification?

Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.

Hymn    “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (Trinity Hymnal # 529)

Sermon Series:  Romans

Sermon Text:     Romans 6:1-11

Sermon Title:      “Dead to Sin, Alive to God”

Sermon Outline following

Hymn of Response “Take My Life, and Let It Be” (Trinity Hymnal # 585)

Departing Hymn “Threefold Amen”

 

 

Sermon Series: Romans

Sermon Text: Romans 6:1-11 “Dead to Sin, Alive to God”

In baptismal union with Christ we are set free from sin to live for God.

  • Question: Is grace a license to sin (6:1)?
  • Answer: No. Grace kills us to halt our march of sin (6:2).

1.Baptized into Christ Jesus we have union with Him in death and resurrection (6:3-4).

a) Baptismal Union

    1. Baptism is a ceremony performed by Christ (wedding ceremony; knighting ceremony)
    2. Baptism is a sign that exhibits/conveys the reality signified—the benefits of Christ’s work applied by the Holy Spirit
    3. Baptism is a seal that guarantees the Author’s promise (wax seal of government; signature on document; wedding ring)

b) Union with Christ

    1. baptized into Christ Jesus (6:3a)
    2. baptized into His death (6:3b)
    3. buried with Him (6:4a)
    4. just as Christ was raised . . . we too . . . (6:4b)

c) Application:

    1. Are you a baptized person?
    2. Are you in Christ Jesus?

2.Having died with Christ we are set free from sin (6:5-7).

a) united with Him in a death like His (6:5a)—“like” protects the uniqueness of Christ’s death for sin (atonement), while affirming our participation in His death to sin (sanctification)

b) our old man was crucified with Him (6:6a)—“old man” you in Adam; not a part of you, but the whole of your identity in Adam is dead

c) body of sin might be brought to nothing (6:6b)—“old man” and “body of sin” both refer to life in Adam; “body of sin” emphasizes the useful incorporation of each member under the power of sin—this power is brought to nothing, rendered powerless

d) no longer enslaved to sin . . . set free from sin (6:6c-7)—freedom of the will

e) death He died He died to sin, once for all (6:10a)

f) Application: Christ’s breaks the power of canceled sin.

3.Having risen with Christ we live to God (6:4, 8-10).

a) just as Christ was raised from the dead . . . we too might walk in newness of life (6:4b)—present experience of Christ’s resurrection

b) we believe we shall also live with him (6:8)—future experience of Christ’s resurrection

c) the life He lives He lives to God (6:10b)—new way of life is a Godward life

d) Application: In Christ you can live a Godward life.

In baptismal union with Christ we are set free from sin to live for God.

  • Reconsider your relation to sin and to God because of your union with Christ (6:11).
  • Reverse your submission to sin and to God because of your union with Christ (6:12-14).

Doxology: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:41)

 

     
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