The sermon text (2 Corinthians 12:11-21) for this Lord’s Day serves as an “epilogue” to Paul’s “fool’s speech” (chapters 11-12). He summarizes the main point of the lengthy speech just concluded (11-13), declares his devotion to them (14-16a), insists on the integrity of his ministry among them, corrects their misconception of his “defense,” and begins preparation for his third visit to them (20-21). Embedded in all this, verse 19 contains a profound explanation of his actions that gives us insight into the true nature of ministry in the local church: It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. Paul remembered two important truths that shaped his ministry: 1) God was always watching and he is the one whom se must please. 2) He spoke “in Christ,” that is, he was commissioned by Christ and served under the authority of Christ.
The elements of the worship service for this Lord’s Day have been chosen to remind us of the grandeur, the holiness, and the sovereignty of the God who watches us. May we seek to please him in all things.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Psalm 104:1-4; 31-34
Hymn 46 O Worship the King
Worship through Giving
Response: Psalm 23b
Hymn 23 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Scripture Reading Psalm 33
Hymn 3 Holy, Holy, Holy
Message Preaching Christ in the Sight of God
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 44 (tune of 46) Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
Prayer Response Bill Cunnien
Benediction John Miles