The 31st chapter of the Baptist Confession of Faith focuses on “The State of Man After Death.” The sermon text for this service will explore a passage in which the Apostle Paul redirects our attention from this the “light momentary affliction” that marks our current, temporal existence, to the “eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” that awaits those who serve the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:17). As we await that day of glory in His presence, “we make it our aim to please him” in every way (2 Corinthians 5:9).
The elements of the worship service remind us to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, knowing that we will give an account before His judgment seat.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Isaiah 55:10-11
Notes: This hymn begins with amazement that we mortals have the privilege of joining the angels to proclaim the praise of our mighty God. We are not only eager to hear God’s message but, in view of Christ’s “free redemption,” we resolve to engage the mission by breaking our “guilty silence” and declaring His glory to others. “Silent I can never be, for salvation’s wondrous story . . . .”
Worship through Giving
Hymn Insert A Charge I Have to Keep
Notes: Charles Wesley’s hymn declares our resolve to invest all our powers “to do the Master’s will.” We pray in song, asking him to help us to live in his sight and, thus, “prepare a strict account to give.”
Scripture Reading 1 Corinthians 3:1-15
Notes: The sermon text mentions the judgment seat of Christ as a motivation for full-hearted service in this life. First Corinthians 3:1-15 describes the evaluation Christ will make of our Christian service on that Day.
Hymn 4 Praise Ye Jehovah
Notes: This hymn of praise acknowledges the fact that we stand in a line of Christian “heroes” who have served faithfully in the past: “battle-scarred victors at rest from the fray.” And it declares our determination to take our place with them, “praying, contending, proclaiming, defending” the faith of our fathers. We praise Jehovah for “glories awaiting, prizes He giveth and crowns to be won!”
Message: What Comes Next?
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 220 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
Note: This hymn uses the imagery of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21) to describe the future perfection of the church in the presence of the Lord. The fourth verse shows that this confident hope shapes the way we live today.
Prayer Response: John Miles
Benediction: John Miles