This Lord’s Day is Father’s Day. We will acknowledge the essential role fathers play in the Christian home during the service.
The sermon will continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke entitled, From Bethlehem to Emmaus. The text is Luke 6:37-42, the third section of Luke’s brief account of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. The main point focuses on the Christian’s responsibility to deal with others mercifully. The larger context challenges the hearer to learn to live as citizens of the Kingdom by hearing and following Jesus.
The hymns in the worship express our desire to follow Him.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Welcome and Call to Worship
Note: In this hymn, we greet the Savior. In the second verse, we recognize him as the King whose very character is mercy and pray that He will “our whole being sway.” Only through the grace of our “gentle” Savior, we learn to “dwell in perfect unity.”
Notes: The sermon text calls us to learn from Jesus’ Christ how to love one another. As loving Shepherd, he leads us, providing all good things to us though “perverse and foolish oft [we] strayed.” Yet he cares for us and teaches the right path, “his cross before to guide [us].”
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Note: Jesus gave us his word through his apostles to guide us in the way we should live. He also gives his Holy Spirit to help us “welcome” his word and strengthen us to follow it. Paul describes this in our Scripture reading. Of special significance is Paul’s statement that those with Spirit “judge all things” (v. 15). We will explore how this statement harmonizes with Jesus’ command, “Judge not.”
Hymn I Love The Church
Notes: Citizens of the Kingdom. He leads us through his word, taught by “undershepherds” (1 Peter 5:1-3) charged to teach us how to understand and obey the word of God (Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:28; Titus 2:1-2ff.; 2 Timothy 4:1-2). This takes place in community, which is why we love the church: to love Christ is to love the church. This hymn rejoices in these truths.
Message: Christ’s Kingdom Message, Part 3 –
Pastor Steven Thomas
Note: We conclude the service with a prayer in song that expresses our desire to live the way Christ wants us to live.
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and pow’r controlling
All I do and say.
Prayer Response: Mike Towry
Benediction: John Miles