In Luke 12:13-21 (the sermon text for last Sunday), Jesus challenged his followers to resist covetousness because those who covet value the creation above the Creator. Rather than working to amass treasure for self, the follower of Jesus must be “rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). The following passage (for this Lord’s Day sermon) explains that it means to be rich toward God.
The hymns selected for the worship service remind us that the Lord gives all good things his children need and express our comfort and security in his loving care. We will finish with a prayer that the Lord will accept the offering of our lives, consecrated to him.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Lamentations 3:22-25
Hymn 23b: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Note: The 23rd Psalm declares our confidence that the Lord will always care for us: “I shall not want.” His unfailing goodness does mean that we never will pass through dark valleys, but that he will always be with us and will bring us home.
Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:9
Note: Enemies of the cross serve their own “bellies,” but we who are citizens of heaven live with a different outlook. We rejoice in the Lord who dispels all anxiety and causes us to rest in the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding.”
Hymn 371 It is Well with My Soul
Note: Sea billows may roll, but those who trust Jesus know the One who made the waters and rules over them. Nothing in his world exists outside his control. Knowing Jesus brings true peace and enables us to sing, “Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’”
Hymn 613: More Secure is No One Ever
Note: This well-known hymn is often sung as a children’s lullaby. Its lyrics speak of the Lord’s care and comfort for is own, his “little flock” (stanza 4, cf. Luke 12:32). The rich theology this hymn is of great worth for God’s children of all ages.
Message: Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Text: Luke 12:22-34
Hymn 560 Take My Life and Let It Be
Note: To conclude, we express our full devotion to the Lord. Note especially verse 4, “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.’
Prayer Response: Jon Lont
Benediction: Mark Williams