The Death of John the Baptist: The Wicked Man’s Fear – CRC Sunday Sermon

March 24, 2019

Responsive Reading
Psalm 150 (Trinity Hymnal #841)

Praise the Lord
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his might heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,

praise him with clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

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

Focus this week: Rite

Congregational Hymns
Blessed Assurance (Trinity Hymnal #693)

By Grace I am an Heir of Heaven (Trinity #695)

1 By grace I am an heir of heaven:
why doubt this, O my trembling heart?
If what the Scriptures promise clearly
is true and firm in ev’ry part,
this also must be truth divine:
by grace a crown of life is mine.

2 By grace alone shall I inherit
that blissful home beyond the skies.
Works count for naught, the Lord incarnate
has won for me the heav’nly prize.
Salvation by his death he wrought,
his grace alone my pardon bought.

3 By grace! These precious words remember
when sorely by your sins oppressed,
when Satan comes to vex your spirit,
when troubled conscience sighs for rest;
what reason cannot comprehend,
God does to you by grace extend.

4 By grace! Be this in death my comfort;
despite my fears, ’tis well with me.
I know my sin in all its greatness,
but also him who sets me free.
My heart to naught but joy gives place,
since I am saved by grace, by grace.

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

Scripture Reading
2 Kings 7:3-20

Preaching the Word
The Death of John the Bapist – The Wicked Man’s Fear
Matthew 14:1-12
YouTube link

Closing Hymn
Psalm 53 in Psalter
53 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
    there is none who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
    on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,[b]
    who seek after God.
3 They have all fallen away;
    together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
    not even one.
4 Have those who work evil no knowledge,
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon God?
5 There they are, in great terror,
    where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
    you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

(Links to recordings of hymns and the sermon are in blue font)

6 thoughts on “The Death of John the Baptist: The Wicked Man’s Fear – CRC Sunday Sermon

  1. Was it with your new camera? I thought the sound was better on this video, but it could be just me, and I use YouTube for the weekly services with CC on anyhow.

    It is as you say, the Christian counselors and Christian books at the Christian bookstores seemed to have simply co-opted regular self-help tips and secular counseling points.

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    1. No, still with just the iphone. I had the new GoPro camera set up but we pushed the wrong button and it didn’t film. Learning curve.


  2. Thank you for sharing your services with me. God uses you to speak His Word with a wisdom and courage that help me to better understand evil and face another week with the attitude that I am here to glorify God. -Susan

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