The apostle Paul brought the letter to a conclusion in 2 Corinthians 13:1-10. He spoke directly, warning of discipline for those who reject the truth. He called for self-examination, counseling the Corinthians to implement biblical change or face severe consequences. He desired the former outcome but stood prepared to launch the latter. From this passage we learn that the biblical assembly maintains discipline to protect its members and preserve the truth.
The hymn selection in this service focuses on the church—Christ’s plan for the church and our love for it.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Psalm 138:1-2
Hymn 52 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Worship through Giving
Response: 73 Holy Savior, We Adore Thee
Hymn 225 The Living Stone
Hymn HBC 25 I Love The Church
Scripture Reading Revelation 21:1-14
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.
Message Truth or Consequences
2 Corinthians 13:1-10
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn Insert Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat
Note: Paul’s wrap up of 2 Corinthians is a convicting message. He called the Corinthians to repentance and his message still resonates with the churches today. This hymn, sung to a reflective tune, encourages us to look within, repent and be done with sin, and rejoice in the forgiveness the Lord stands ready to give.
Prayer Response Mark Buhr
Benediction John Miles