Second Corinthians 6:11-13 introduces the final section of the extended discussion of Paul’s ministry that began in 2:14. These introductory verses make an appeal for mutual affection. Paul had demonstrated his dedication to the gospel ministry and his devoted love for the Corinthians. It was time for them to show similar love for him. This introduces an appeal for obedience to the truth (6:14-7:1) showing that love and truth must never be separated.
In this worship service, we focus on the necessity of a transformed heart—the seat of genuine love expressed toward God and his people.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Matthew 22:37-40
Notes: The sermon text deals with the issue of mutual affection between God’s people. Jesus explained that love for each other comes from love for God. We love each other as we ought when we love God with all of our heart.
Hymn 63 Come, Thou Almighty King
Notes: We begin with an anthem that invokes the presence of the Triune God to help us worship as we ought. It expresses our desire for God to rule over us through the Word and by the Spirit for he is worthy of our praise.
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response: Hymn Psalm 100
Hymn 70 O for a Heart to Praise My God
Notes: Through this hymn, written by Charles Wesley, we pray that the Lord will transform our hearts. The heart we desire is “full of love divine” demonstrated first in our praise to God.
Scripture Reading 2 John 1-13
Notes: In keeping with the context of the sermon text, this Scripture reading demonstrates the inseparable relationship between love and truth. Christians must embrace both simultaneously.
Hymn 462 Be Thou My Vision
Notes: Together we pray that God will be the singular focus or our lives: “Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.” He alone must be “first in my heart,” indeed, “heart of my own heart, whatever befall.”
Message Open Wide Your Heart
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 476 May the Mind of Christ My Savior
Notes: We conclude with a prayer that Christ will renew our minds through his word. Our desire is that his love will be a controlling power within us.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour
We long for the love of Christ to fill us, shaping our service to others.
Prayer Response Eric Hicks
Benediction John Miles