The fifth article in the Baptist Confession of Faith is, “Divine Providence.” In this service, we will use the death of Jesus as described by Peter in Acts 2:22-24 as a case study in divine providence. We will see that Christians who unreservedly embrace this doctrine, find peace and comfort.
The hymns for this service express our confidence that the Lord oversees all things to accomplish his glory and our good.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Psalm 25:8-10
Hymn (Insert) I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
Note: The theme of divine providence is woven throughout this wonderful hymn. It expresses our reliance on the Redeemer who reigns “omnipotent in every place.” We receive all “substance and strength” from this One who sustains us. Knowing him gives us “peace” and makes us “calm and sure.”
Worship through Giving
Hymn 615 A Sovereign Protector I Have
Note: We recently learned this hymn on Sunday evenings. It expresses the comfort and peace that comes from knowing that our Lord, though “unseen [is] ever at hand.” He is “Almighty to rule and command. He smiles and my comforts abound.” (The term “Ebenezer” means “stone of help.” It refers to a stone monument that serves as a reminder of the Lord’s help in time of trouble. See 1 Samuel 7:12)
Scripture Reading Psalm 103:1-22
Note: David expressed his praise to God and summoned all to join him in praise because of God’s steadfast love. The Lord’s compassion for his people is unfailing because “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (v. 19).
Hymn 150 ‘Tis the Christ
Note: Thomas Kelly’s sober description of the death of Jesus describes the role of wicked men in the crucifixion (cf. Acts 2:23). But he also calls us to view the death of Jesus from heaven’s perspective that sees him as “the Sacrifice appointed.” All that Jesus endured was the plan of God brought about through divine providence. Therefore, we sing of our firm foundation, Christ, the rock of our salvation.
Message: Not By Chance: The Comfort of Divine Providence
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn Psalm 23b
Note: The twenty-third psalm is well-known and beloved. Using the analogy of a shepherd, it rejoices in the Lord’s care for his people. We never want, or lack, what we need, in life or death, because of the Lord’s providential care.
Prayer Response: David Dossette
Benediction: John Miles