In last Sunday’s sermon text, Paul exposed the error of false teachers who misused the Law of Moses. This Lord’s Day we will see how Paul counters their error. He presents himself as the ultimate example of the what the gospel of grace can achieve. Without law-keeping, Christ saved Paul, the very worst of sinners. This means that Christ can and will save anyone by grace alone.
The theme that dominates the hymns in our worship service is the depth of our depravity as rebels against God. This theme exalts the grace of Christ who saved us from our wretched state.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Isaiah 55:6-7
Hymn 44 (tune LYONS, 46) Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
Note: The sermon text begins with Paul’s expression of thanks that he was appointed a servant of the glorious gospel. We open the service with an anthem that summons us to join this joyous mission, “Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim, And publish abroad His wonderful name.”
Hymn 247 Amazing Grace
Note: The gospel is a message of grace. John Newton reminds us that this grace is truly amazing because Christ has lavished it on “a wretch like me.”
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response: 137 When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Note: Isaac Watts, invites us to employ sacred imagination to stand at the foot of the cross. The view of our Savior hanging there turns our proud efforts to nothing and crushes our pride.
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride
Hymn 141 Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
Notes: As true understanding of the gospel washes over us, it crushes our pride, and takes us to our knees. Why would Jesus bleed and die “for such a worm as I?” In humility we must respond, “Here, Lord, I give myself away—‘Tis all that I can do.”
Scripture Reading Psalm 32:1-11
Note: King David knew that the Lord’s blessing belongs to those who turn to him for forgiveness. He is dependable to forgive fully. The psalm ends with a note joy that resides only in those who trust in the Lord.
Hymn 248 (alternate 1st verse) Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Note: The grace of Jesus Christ has already saved the “chief of sinners.” There is no one He cannot forgive. No matter how great our sin, Jesus’s grace is greater.
Message: A Message of Hope from the Chief of Sinners
Text: 1 Timothy 1:12:17
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn (Insert) Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched
Note: We conclude this worship service with a hymn that gives voice to our gospel message. The gospel of Jesus Christ summons “sinners, poor and wretched,” to come to come to Him. Come without delay.
Prayer Response: Joel Owen
Benediction: John Miles