Order of Service, January 21, 2024

Introduction

Last week we began a study of Paul’s first letter to Timothy. This Lord’s Day, we will begin to read the body of the letter (1 Timothy 1:3-7) and find there that the churches in Ephesus were under the harmful influence of false teachers. Paul charged Timothy to confront them.

The hymns in the worship service will declare the need and our resolve to fight for the truth of the gospel. In the midst of these hymns that call us to militant protection of the gospel, we will seen a beautiful hymn that encapsulates the Gospel message we proclaim and protect.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Prelude

Call to Worship:     1 Peter 5:8-11

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 221       The Church’s One Foundation

Note: Jesus Christ is the “church’s one Foundation.” We who embrace Christ in faith are part of the great church made up of “elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’ver all the earth.”  This hymn reminds us that the church throughout history suffers opposition from within and without (verses 3-4). Even so, we have this confidence: “the church will never perish.”

Worship through Giving

Hymn (Insert)       Priest and Victim

Note: This hymn beautifully declares the work of Christ from his death to his ascent to his eternal throne. It is remarkably suited to worship because Jesus Christ is the subject of every line. We worship and adore him for who he is and what he has done and will do. It is his message that Timothy was (and we are) charged to protect.

Scripture Reading      Acts 20:17-38

Note: In this passage, Paul met with the Ephesian elders for the last time. He recounted his ministry in their city and warned them to guard against false teachers, some of whom would arise from within the church. His predictions came true. Therefore, Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus as his emissary charged with the task of setting things right in the churches.

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 585     Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Note: The hymn writer, Isaac Watts, calls us to introspection: “Am I a soldier of the cross, a follower of the Lamb?” The stand for gospel truth does not belong to church leaders alone. It is Christian duty. Each of us must respond to Watts’ question, “Increase my courage, Lord; I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy word.”

Message: Timothy’s Charge, Part 1—Confront False Teachers
Text: 1 Timothy 1:3-7
Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 643      For All the Saints

Note: Christians stand in the lineage of faithful generations who “by faith before the world confessed” Jesus as their Lord. We resolve to fight nobly as they did and anticipate the day when praise to the Triune God will come from “earth’s wide bounds.”

Prayer Response:      Mark Williams

Benediction:      John Miles