This Lord’s Day, Mark Buhr will preach, continuing his extended series through Galatians. The sermon will focus on a single verse, Galatians 5:26. In it, Paul forbids boasting (conceit). The elements of our worship service focus our attention the One who is worthy of all boasting (glory). If we boast, we must boast in Him.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Jeremiah 9:23-24
Notes: Jeremiah disallows any self-centered boasting. Only the Lord is worthy of our boasting.
Hymn 69 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Notes: This hymn expresses regret that we have only one tongue to proclaim our “Great Redeemer’s Praise.” The “glories of our God and King” would be better served if we each had a thousand tongues to employ in his worship.
Worship through Giving
Response: Hymn Doxology
Hymn 137 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Notes: At the cross we encounter the unfathomable depths of God’s grace. Verse one says that the sight of the suffering Savior cancels all our self-reliance and dispels any pride.
Scripture Reading Psalm 115:1-18
Notes: This Psalm reminds us that no glory belongs to us; all glory belongs to the Name of our great God. He is worthy because of his covenant love, his faithfulness, and his sovereign rule.
Hymn 349 Near the Cross
Notes: Near the Cross, brings us to consider the true ground for our eternal boasting. The refrain prays, “In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever.”
Message The Root and Results of Boasting
Hymn Insert I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art
Notes: We respond to the sermon with this powerful declaration that Christ is everything to us. We have no ground for boasting but in Christ. He is the “life by which alone we live, and all our substance and our strength receive.” “Our hope is in no other save in” Him.
Prayer Response Bill Cunnien
Benediction John Miles