Order of Service, December 3, 2023

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we conclude our study of Brandon Crawford’s revision of the Baptist Confession of Faith. The topic is, “The Last Judgments.” The sermon text (2 Thessalonians 1:5-12) gives us a glimpse of what the Lord has in store for those who trust Him and those who do not.

The elements of this service tell the story of what lies ahead for both groups of people.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude       He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd
Handel’s Messiah
Pianist, Jan Buhr

Call to Worship:     Habakkuk 2:18-20

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn Insert      The King Shall Come

Notes: When Jesus comes again, the glory he displays will be brighter than at his nativity or when he rose.

O brighter than that glorious morn shall this fair morning be,
When Christ, our King, in beauty comes, and we His face shall see.

And so we sing, “Come quickly, King of kings.”

Worship through Giving
        Congregational Response:       Doxology

Hymn 168      The Victor

Notes:  Thomas Kelly reminds us of the great hope of those who follow Jesus: “They suffer with their Lord below, They reign with Him above.” Christ bore the cross with its shame and death; it is “His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, Their everlasting theme.”

Scripture Reading     Habakkuk 3:1-19

Note: The book of Habakkuk begins with the prophet’s anguished cry, “How long, O Lord?” Rampant violence and evil was destroying what remained of a civil society. Yet, it seemed that the Lord was indifferent to Habakkuk’s prayers. The Lord explained to him that his plan was greater than Habakkuk could understand from his limited view. The third chapter is a psalm that expresses confidence that the covenant-keeping God who appeared at Sinai would take vengeance on his enemies and vindicate his people. It concludes with the only appropriate response in 3:16-19

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 417      Behold the Amazing Gift of Love

Note: First John 3:1-3 is the basis of this hymn. God calls us his sons—and that is what we are! We do not yet know what we shall be like when he appears, but this we know: we shall be like him for we shall see him face to face.

A hope so great, and so divine,
May trials well endure

Message: The Great Day of the Lord
Text: First Thessalonians 1:5-12
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn (Insert)       Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

Note: Our sermon text leads us to ponder the events of the great Day of the Lord. The Christian should draw encouragement and strength from the thought. But it should strike terror into the hearts of those who continue to refuse Jesus. We conclude this service with a reminder that this hostile world is moving toward a glorious conclusion.

Prayer Response:      Joel Owen

Benediction:      John Miles