The 27th article of the Baptist Confession of Faith focuses on “The Communion of the Saints.” In it, “communion” is not a reference to the Lord’s Table. It speaks of the spiritual union that exists between true believers. It is a union that exists between us because we are all united with Christ. The sermon and the other elements of the service will explore this essential doctrine of union with Christ.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Psalm 133:1-3
Note: We begin the service with an anthem that offers praise to the King of Heaven. As we greet him with adoring worship, we remember the grace he extends to us as our Father:
Father-like, He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows,
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Widely as His mercy flows!
Worship through Giving
Hymn 222 Church of God, Beloved and Chosen
Notes: The church is created by God and for Christ. It is “beloved and chosen” by Him. He sanctifies us by his Spirit and through his word. He will continue this work until we are “wholly” sanctified and presented to Christ, “spotless, glorious and holy,” as “his chosen bride.”
Scripture Reading 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Hymn (Insert) Union with Christ
Notes: God intends the spiritual union that exists between Christ and his people—an inseparable, bond of love. This remarkable hymn extols the wonders of “the bond of sovereign grace between the Lord and his chosen race.”
Message Union with Christ
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 219 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Notes: This hymn acknowledges our union with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We belong to the community of faith. Therefore, we love the church and determine to live in a manner that benefits, rather than hinders, God’s people
Prayer Response Mark Williams
Benediction Mark Williams