The second article of the publication, The Baptist Confession of Faith and Catechism for Dispensational Churches (based on the Second London Baptist Confession, 1689) is titled, “The Holy Trinity.” It does not focus exclusively on the doctrine of the Trinity, but attempts to describe what this Triune God is like. It includes three paragraphs that address 1) His attributes (or intrinsic characteristics), 2) His relationship with the creation, and 3) His essential nature as Triunity.
The elements of the service focus on the glory of our incomprehensible God and our responsibility to worship him.
Note: Here is the second article of the confession, “The Holy Trinity”
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Romans 11:33-36
Hymn (Insert) O God Beyond All
Note: We set the tone for the service with a hymn that reminds us of our ultimate focus in all things. God, alone, is worthy of our praise; we can never exhaust the praise that is due to his name. Praise expresses our love for him, so we sing, “Then hear, O gracious Savior, the love we bring that we who know your favor may serve you as our King.”
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response: Doxology
Hymn 3 Holy, Holy, Holy
Note: The God who saves us exists eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our salvation was planned by the Father, secured by the Son, and applied by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:3-14). This Triune God possesses intrinsic perfection, and thus deserves exclusive worship and praise. “Only thou are holy, there is none beside thee.”
Scripture Reading Psalm 104:1-35
Note: David rehearses the greatness of the LORD, our Creator, and goodness of the LORD, our sustainer. In view of the character and deeds of such a God, he declares his determination to please the LORD and to offer Him lifelong worship.
Hymn 23 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Note: “To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17). With similar lyrics, we exalt God for his transcendent character. He is beyond our ability to grasp fully; his truth is inaccessible to our minds. But we can truly know him because he graciously makes himself known to his people.
Message: The Only Living and True God
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 28:19
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 46 O Worship the King
Note: Based on Psalm 104, this hymn calls us to worship our great God, the King. He is glorious, almighty, loving, eternal, and gracious. In contrast (v. 4) we are “frail children of dust, and feeble as frail.” Even so, we respond to this great God, “in Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail.”
Prayer Response: Jon Lont
Benediction: John Miles