Introduction: This Lord’s Day it is our pleasure to have Dr. Ryan Martin as our guest speaker. He serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Granite Falls, Minnesota. His sermon will focus on the victory that belongs to those who trust the risen Christ.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Heidelberg Catechism Q1
- What is thy only comfort in life and in death?
That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live unto Him.
Prepared Music (Choir) I Am Not My Own
LYRICS: Susan Boersma
MUSIC: Craig Courtney
Hymn 156 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Note: This anthem of praise is often heard on Easter Sunday. However, each Sunday is a divine gift to remind us that we trust a risen Lord.
Worship through Giving
Hymn 335 And Can It Be?
Note: Charles Wesley’s marvelous hymn rehearses the story of gospel grace extended to such undeserving sinners like us. It concludes with the confidence we have because we are united with Christ, our “living Head.”
Scripture Reading Philippians 3:2-4:1
Note: Paul warned the church in Philippi against those who attempt to earn their salvation. Instead, Paul depended on a righteousness that comes only through faith in Christ. His one desire was to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.
Hymn Insert Before the Throne of God Above
Note: The risen Christ intercedes for us; he secures our perseverance and our final salvation. “Behold Him there! The risen Lamb! . . . One with Himself, I cannot die!”
Message Victory in Our Risen Jesus
1 Corinthians 15:53-57
Pastor Ryan Martin
Hymn Insert I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Note: We conclude with a response of confident faith. “I know that my Redeemer lives . . . . He lives, all glory to His name!”
Benediction ……………………………………………………………………. John Miles