If Your Right Hand Makes You Stumble – CRC Sunday Sermon

August 18, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Pastoral Reading

Psalm 5
Give ear to my words, O Lord;

    consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
    my King and my God,
    for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
    evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
    you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
    the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
    will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
    their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
    they flatter with their tongue.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
    let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
    for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Prayer
Focus this week: Mike Christensen

Congregational Hymns
Jesus Christ Our Sure Foundation (Trinity Hymnal #354)
1 Jesus Christ, our sure foundation,

he whose purpose stays the same,
building for himself a nation, 
giving those he calls his name.
Praise we now and every more, Jesus we adore!
God has given to us salvation,
Jesus Christ has borne our blame.

2 Shepherd, Guardin, he who teaches,
on whose grace the church depends,
tending it through history’s reaches,
and will keep it to the end.
Praise we now and evermore,
Jesus we adore!
He who from the first did seek us,
Savior, Ruler, Guide, and Friend.

3 Jesus, come, your kingdom bringing,
how we long to see its sight!
Every saint, Christ’s praises singing,
stands before th’eternal Light,
Praise we now and evermore,
Jesus we adore!
Exaltation ever ringing,
Christ, our King, return in might.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Trinity Hymnal #457)

Offering Hymn

All Who With Heart Confiding 
(Psalter Hymnal #267)

1 All who, with heart confiding,
depend on God alone,
like Zion’s mount abiding,
shall ne’er be overthrown.
Like Zion’s city, bounded
by guarding mountains broad,
his people are surrounded
forever by their God.

2 No scepter of oppression
shall hold unbroken sway,
lest unto base transgression
the righteous turn away.
Your favor be imparted
to godly people, LORD;
bless all that are pure-hearted,
the good with good reward.

3 The men who falsehood cherish,
forsaking truth and right,
with wicked ones shall perish;
God will their sin requite.
From sin your saints defending,
their joy, O LORD, increase,
with mercy never-ending
and everlasting peace.

Scripture Reading
Matthew 19:16-30

Preaching the Word
If Your Right Hand Makes You Stumble…
YouTube link 

Closing Hymn
Everything by William K Brehm

What will it cost me to follow the Lord?
What is the price of a life that’s restored?
If I am willing to walk in His way,
What is the price I must pay?
Everything!, Everything!
All that I own,
Everything! Everything!
All that I am,
Everything! Everything!
All that I love,
That is the price I must pay,
That is the price I must pay.

Greatness in the Kingdom – CRC Sunday Sermon

August 11, 2019
(links to hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

Responsive Reading
Psalm 2 (Trinity Hymnal #785)

Why do the nations comprise
    and the peoples plot in vain?

 The kings of the earth take their
stand and the rulers gather together
against the LORD and against his
Anointed One.

“Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.

Then he rebukes them in his anger and
terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have
installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will proclaim the decree of the
Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations
your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

“You will rule them with an iron
scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be
warned, you rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice
with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you
be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can
flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Opening Hymn
Sons We Are Through God’s Election (CRC #83)
(1) Sons we are through God’s election,
Who in Jesus Christ believe; By eternal destination,
Formed and fixed salvation’s plan.
Hallelujah! Our Redeemer, does both grace and glory give.

(2) Every soul of man, by sinning,
Merits everlasting pain;
But theylove, without beginning,
Formed and fixed salvation’s plan.
Hallelujah! countless millions,
shall in life through Jesus reign.

(3) Praise my soul, adore and wonder!
Ask, :”O why such love to me?”
Grace has put me in the number of the Savior’s family,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thanks, eternal Love, to thee!

(4) These are springs of consolation,
To converted sons of grace;
Finished, free, and full salvation
shining in the Savior’s face!
Hallelujah! Free grace only,
suits the wretched sinner’s case.

Prayer
Focus this week: Isaac

Congregational Hymns
Across the Lands (HMA #2)

Worthy of Worship (HMA #132)

Offering Hymn
All Who With Heart Confiding 
(Psalter Hymnal #267)

1 All who, with heart confiding,
depend on God alone,
like Zion’s mount abiding,
shall ne’er be overthrown.
Like Zion’s city, bounded
by guarding mountains broad,
his people are surrounded
forever by their God.

2 No scepter of oppression
shall hold unbroken sway,
lest unto base transgression
the righteous turn away.
Your favor be imparted
to godly people, LORD;
bless all that are pure-hearted,
the good with good reward.

3 The men who falsehood cherish,
forsaking truth and right,
with wicked ones shall perish;
God will their sin requite.
From sin your saints defending,
their joy, O LORD, increase,
with mercy never-ending
and everlasting peace.

Scripture Reading
Philippians 2:1-18

Preaching the Word
Who is Greatest in the Kingdom? (Matthew 18)
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
Jesus I My Cross Have Taken, #707 Trinity Hymnal

The Law Wrongly Used Only Promotes Sin

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)

For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:5-6)

Recently we have seen even more reports of “model Christians” fallen in sin. Here you have highly publicized “perfect” Christian individuals or families or church leaders. They have it all right, supposedly. They write books and go on television while we all ooh and aah and wish our botched up lives or families could even approach the heights of holiness these people apparently have achieved.

And then they fall. Turns out the image we thought was real was flawed all along. And the non-Christian world blasphemes the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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