You Must be Born Again (Pt 4) – CRC Sunday Sermon

May 12, 2019

Pastoral Reading
Psalm 17

Opening Hymn
God is My Strong Salvation (Trinity hymnal #667)

Focus this Week: Gabe and Emily

Congregational Hymns
Before the Throne of God Above (CRC #63)

Though I Was a Child of Darkness (CRC #55)

Verse 1:
Though I was a child of darkness,
Slave to sin, wholly depraved,
By His grace and for His glory
God has called me to be saved.
He in mercy, through His Spirit,
Caused me to be born again,
Born to turn from sin to Jesus
And to find my rest in Him.

Verse 2:
Is there any greater comfort
Than to know this sov’reign Friend?
He ordained my true repentance,
And shall keep me to the end.
Should this sinful world or Satan
With their lies and pow’r besiege,
I will stand upon His promise,
Knowing He has chosen me.

Verse 3:
This should cause us to be humble,
When we see our helpless state;
For without His sov’reign kindness
We would meet a dreadful fate.
O, to know such lovingkindness:
Freely given, undeserved,
Moves us now to preach the Gospel
Until ev’ry land has heard.

Verse 4:
To fulfill His great commission
This assurance must be known:
The elect from ev’ry nation
Will surround the Savior’s throne.
We find strength to preach the Gospel
In this truth our Savior told,
That although His sheep are scattered,
He will bring them to His fold.

Verse 5:
Let us lift our songs to praise Him!
Give Him glory, for He reigns!
No! This world and all its kingdoms
Cannot thwart what He ordains.
O! What peace to know our Maker,
He who set the heavens’ span.
He who granted us salvation
Shall uphold us in His hand.

Offering Hymn
As Longs the Deer (HMA #11)

As longs the deer for cooling streams,
in parched and barren ways,
so longs my soul for you, my God,
and your refreshing grace.

For you, my God, the living God,
my thirsting soul will pine:
O when shall I behold your face,
your majesty divine?

My tears have been my constant food,
in sorrow I have prayed,
I know the taunts: where is your God,
and where his promised aid?

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and you shall sing
the praise of him who is your God,
your health’s eternal spring.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
the God whom we adore,
be glory as it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

Scripture Reading
Ephesians 2:11-22

Preaching the Word
You Must be Born Again, Part 4

Closing Hymn
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Trinity Hymnal #252

(recordings of hymns and the sermon are in blue font)
CCLI #108183

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