The King Expands His Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

June 16, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 8 (Trinity Hymnal #786)

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise,
because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Opening Hymn
Blessing and Glory and Honor and Power (Trinity Hymnal #300)

Prayer
Focus this week: Case

Congregational Hymns
From Every Stormy Wind that Blows (Trinity Hymnal #631)
He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought! (Trinity Hymnal #600)

Offering Hymn
Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer (HMA #66)

Scripture Reading
Genesis 17: 3-7

Preaching the Word
The King Expands His Kingdom
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Closing Hymn
Heaven’s Gift, #3 in CRC Hymnal

Evil Regards Others as its Personal Property

Joh 8:34  Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

Recently I was reminded, as I often am, of some of the wicked people I have had to deal with and be targeted by in the church. One man in particular has to top all the rest of them. He practiced his wickedness disguised as an eminent, holy saint for many years (and is still doing so today elsewhere) and the Lord used him to teach me about the nature and tactics of the evil one.

One lesson I eventually learned from my experience with him is this:

Wicked, evil people such as domestic abusers and people like Diotrephes (see 3 John) who love to be “first,” regard people around them as their personal, owned property. This property’s very existence is to serve the evil slave master.

These kind of evil ones love the Bible, not because they love Christ’s truth, but because Scripture is so widely perverted and twisted into a powerful tool of oppression. For example, the abusive, reviling man I am recalling here:

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Man as Beast – CRC Sunday Sermon

June 9, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 115 (Trinity Hymnal #827)

Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell;
they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk;
nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
O house of Israel, trust in the Lord – he is their help and shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord – he is their help and shield.
You who fear hm, trust in the Lord – he is their help and shield.
The Lord remembers us and will bless us;
He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron,
he will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike.
May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man.
It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence;
it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore.
Praise the Lord.

Opening Hymn
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name (Trinity Hymnal #296)

Prayer
Focus this week:  Grady

Congregational Hymns
O Worship the King (Trinity #2)
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Trinity Hymnal #398)

Offering Hymn
O Church Arise (CRC #72)

Scripture Reading
Romans 1:18-32

Preaching the Word
Man as Beast and the Increase of Evil
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
By Grace I’m Saved, Grace Free and Boundless (Trinity Hymnal #456)

By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not;
Why stagger at this word of promise?
Hath Scripture ever falsehood taught?
Nay; then this word must true remain:
By grace thou, too, shalt Heav’n obtain.

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit;
Our works and conduct have no worth,
God in His love sent our Redeemer,
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;
His death did for our sins atone,
And we are saved by grace alone.

By grace! O, mark this word of promise
When thou art by thy sins oppressed,
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience,
And when thy heart is seeking rest.
What reason cannot comprehend
God by His grace to thee doth send.

By grace! This ground of faith is certain;
So long as God is true, it stands.
What saints have penned by inspiration,
What in His Word our God commands,
What our whole faith must rest upon,
Is grace alone, grace in His Son.