Order of Service, August 13, 2023


The nineteenth chapter of the Baptist Confession of Faith addresses the topic, “The Law of God.” It is a controversial topic that draws out a variety of opinions. Some say that Christians are still bound by the Law of Moses (at least in part) that God gave to Israel. Others argue that since Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses, Christians are free from the concept of law. In the service this Lord’s Day, we will demonstrate that neither of these extremes is what the New Testament teaches.

The hymns selected for this service offer praise to God for the fact that the Law of Israel has been supplanted by the law of Christ—a law that we are able to obey because the power of God in the Gospel gives each believer a new heart.



Call to Worship:     Psalm 119:97-104



Hymn (Insert)       Give Praise to God

Note: The Lord God works his will and accomplishes his purposes according to his own plan for his own glory. Even though we do not and cannot comprehend his ways, we know that things good and true come only from God.  Therefore, we sing “give praise to God alone.”

Worship through Giving

Congregational Response:      Doxology

Hymn 136      Not All the Blood of Beasts

Note: Isaac Watts probably had Hebrews 10 in mind as he penned the lyrics of this hymn. In it, he distinguishes the wonderful difference between the endless sacrifices in Israel’s temple and the one sacrifice accomplished by Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Scripture Reading     Romans 3:19-31

Note: This passage contains the climax of Paul’s indictment of the world (Jew and Gentile) for sin (19-20). It then pivots to explain the fact that the righteousness we cannot achieve through law-keeping is a gift bestowed by God. He declares the sinner righteous because of Christ. Through his righteous life and substitutionary death, God is both Just and the Justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 70       O For a Heart to Praise My God

Notes:  Charles Wesley’s hymn is a prayer based on Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” We will only do right things for right reasons after God gives us a new “heart,” one set free from sin.

Message: Christians and the Law of God
Text: Romans 3:19-20
Pastor Steven Thomas


Hymn Insert      Thy Strong Word

Note: Light is the theme of this hymn, symbolizing truth and glory. The first verse echoes Genesis 1, attributing creation to God’s “strong Word,” a double entendre for Christ (John 1:1-3). This strong Word created light, but more important was the Light that broke into a world of darkness, an allusion to the incarnation of Christ. This Light, the eternal Word, declares righteous all who embrace the glorious work of the cross. The final two verses offer prayer that God will help us fulfill the Great Commission for the glory of the Triune God. “Give us lips to sing Thy glory, Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim!”

Prayer Response:      Eric Hicks Jr.

Benediction:      John Miles