Order of Service, January 14, 2024

Introduction

This Lord’s Day we will introduce our new sermon series: The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth. It is a study of the first of Paul’s so-called “Pastoral Epistles.” This letter instructs Timothy about how to set things in order in the churches in the city of Ephesus. His commands to Timothy are always timely—especially appropriate for the church in our current age.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:    Ephesians 3:20-21

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn (Insert)       I Love The Church

Note: God guards and feeds his flock through the ministry of “under shepherds” (1 Peter 5:1-3) Paul charged his protégé, Timothy, to fulfill this task in Ephesus. The church is the guardian of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). To love Christ and truth is to love the church.

Worship through Giving

Hymn 589      Soldiers of Christ, Arise

Note: This classic hymn states the Christian’s duty. Echoing Ephesians 6:10-20, Charles Wesley’s famous him calls us to put on the panoply (full armor) that God provides, to stand firm, and yield no ground in this spiritual conflict. This is the essence of the charge Paul gave to Timothy. We, too, must stand for truth and “win the well-fought day.”

Scripture Reading     Acts 9:1-22

Note: Our new sermon series explores 1 Timothy, a letter written by Paul near the end of his ministry. Our Scripture reading reminds us of the beginning of his ministry. Taken together, we see that Paul faithfully discharged his God-given responsibilities. Then he guided Timothy to continue the work.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 403      I’m Not Ashamed

Note: We declare our resolve to uphold the truth of God’s Word and gospel of His Son, Jesus:

I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,
Or to defend His cause;
Maintain the honor of His Word,
The glory of His cross.

Message:        Lessons Learned by Reading Timothy’s Mail
Or, An Introduction To The First Pastoral Epistle
Text:     1 Timothy 1:1-2
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 588       A Mighty Fortress is our God

Notes:  We share the confidence expressed in Martin Luther’s famous hymn. We have confidence in Christ’s sovereign rule, even if our obedience to him is costly. The outcome of following Him will be wonderful because his kingdom and truth will abide forever.

Prayer Response:      John Miles

Benediction:      John Miles