The Great Tribulation – CRC Sunday Sermon

March 29, 2020

Pastoral Reading
Ephesians 1:3-20

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

Opening Hymn
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Trinity Hymnal #295)

Prayer
Focus this week: Phoebe

Congregational Hymns
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood (Trinity Hymnal #253)
Jesus Paid it All (Trinity Hymnal #308)

Offering Hymn
In His Love He Has Redeemed Us (CRC #65)
1: In His love He has redeemed us,
Given hope instead of dread.
For He resurrected Jesus,
Our Savior from the dead.

Chorus:
Let us praise the God and Father
Of our Savior and our Lord,
Who because of His great mercy
His grace to us outpoured.

2: An inheritance He gives us,
Incorruptible above.
He will keep it safe in heaven,
Reserved for us in love.

3: He will keep our faith from failing,
None of His will fall away.
He preserves them for salvation
Revealed in the last day.

Scripture Reading
Daniel 9

Preaching the Word
The Great Tribulation – Matthew 24:15-31
YouTube link
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(due to technical difficulties the FB livestream captures only part of the sermon)

 

Closing Hymn
Keep Watching and be Ready, CRC Hymnal, #12

(links to sermon and hymns are in blue font)

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