The twelfth chapter of Luke begins with a series of warnings. In 12:1-3, Jesus warned against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees clearly implying that his disciples should not be pressured to follow them. In 12:4-7, Jesus warned against fearing man and called his disciples to fear God, instead. Finally, in 12:8-12, Jesus specifically warned against giving in to pressure to deny Him.
The hymns selected for the worship service rejoice in the freedom from fear the Gospel of Jesus brings.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Prelude He Leadeth Me
Call to Worship: Psalm 23:1-3
Hymn 610: How Firm a Foundation
Note: The word of God is our “firm foundation.” To those who trust his word, the Lord has promised, “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid”
Hymn 412 No Other Plea
Notes: We declare our one faith—a body of doctrine that has Christ alone at its core. “It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.” Those who trust him say, “Enough for me that Jesus saves, This ends my fear and doubt.”
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1
Note: Psalm one contrasts those who resist the influence of the wicked and those who do not. Those who love God’s word flourish, but the wicked will not stand in the judgment.
Hymn HBC 37 How Blest Are They, Who Fearing God
Notes: Based on the contrast set forth in Psalm 1, this hymn describes the blessing of those who love God’s word and those who reject it.
Message: Fear God Alone
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 174 Arise, My Soul, Arise
Notes: This hymn reminds us of the “five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary” to secure our forgiveness. The guilt that separated us from God is gone! Christ’s continuing intercession sustains and keeps us. Hence our confident cry, “Arise, my soul, arise! Shake off thy guilty fears.”
Prayer Response: Mark Williams
Benediction: John Miles