Baptists have always insisted the Bible teaches the separation of church and state. By this, they mean that the government cannot interfere with the affairs of the church. That does not mean, however, that they promote anarchy. The 24th chapter of the Baptist Confession of Faith explains the biblical view of civil government. It is a timely subject for our chaotic times.
The hymns chosen for our worship service acknowledge God’s sovereign rule over his creation and express confidence in his righteous judgments. They also anticipate the day when the Lord Jesus will be enthroned as the final, glorious King.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship Proverbs 21:1-3
Notes: “Let all things their Creator bless, And worship him in humbleness.” This hymn reminds us that God is Creator and Owner of all. It summons all Creation to honor Him with praise.
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response, Hymn Psalm 116b
Hymn 52 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Note: We acknowledge that the risen Christ is Lord of all. To crown him is to recognize his supremacy in all things and, thus, bow in submission before him. We also anticipate the joy all creation will know when all things come under his eternal rule.
Scripture Reading Psalm 72:1-20
Notes: This psalm of Solomon is a prayer for the king’s success. It was an appropriate prayer for every ruler that followed Solomon. However, none of them could live up to the ideal petitions found in this song. It anticipates the coming of a perfect King, the Lord Jesus.
Hymn 51 Jesus Shall Reign
Notes: Our hope is anchored to that day when Jesus’ kingdom will “stretch from shore to shore.” In anticipation of his coming, Isaac Watts summons us to praise, “Let every creature rise and bring honor and glory to our King.”
Message Civil Government Ordained by God
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 588 A Mighty Fortress is our God
Notes: We share the confidence expressed in Martin Luther’s famous hymn. We have confidence in Christ’s sovereign rule, even if our obedience to him is costly. The outcome of following Him will be wonderful because his kingdom and truth will abide forever.
Prayer Response Jon Lont
Benediction John Miles