The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 12:49-59) includes three paragraphs that, at first glance, seem unrelated, but closer evaluation suggests that they combine to create a powerful challenge. Jesus begins with a description of his mission that includes judgment and conflict. Next, he derides the crown for their unwillingness to see the signs he has presented to them. Finally, he calls them to get right with God while they still can. It is a stern call to repentance (for the lost) and determined commitment (for his followers).
The hymns selected for the worship service emphasize the theme of standing for Christ as good “soldier.” It concludes with a hymn that acknowledges the only peace that is ultimately important: peace with God that Christ can give because he bore the judgment we deserve (cf. 12:50).
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship:
Hymn 72: Glory Be to God the Father
Hymn 585: Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Hymn 589: Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Hymn 581: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Message: Judgment, Conflict, and Repentance
Text Luke 12:49-59
Hymn 288: I Hear the Words of Love
Prayer Response: John Miles
Benediction: John Miles