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Worship Guide for Sunday, October 2nd:

Call to Worship:For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:7-8 (ESV)

REJOICE THE LORD IS KING

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore!
Rejoice, give thanks, and
sing in triumph evermore!

Lift up your heart!
Lift up your voice, rejoice,
Again I say, “Rejoice!”

Jesus the Savior reigns!
The God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains
He took His seat above!

Lift up your heart!
Lift up your voice, rejoice,
Again I say, “Rejoice!”

His kingdom cannot fail!
He rules o’er earth and heav’n;
The keys of death and hell are
to our Jesus giv’n!

Lift up your heart!
Lift up your voice, rejoice,
Again I say, “Rejoice!”

He sits at God’s right hand
‘til all His foes submit,
And bow to His command, and
fall beneath His feet!

Lift up your heart!
Lift up your voice, rejoice,
Again I say, “Rejoice!”

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Our Lord the Judge shall come
And take His servants up to
their eternal home!

Lift up your heart!
Lift up your voice, rejoice,
Again I say, “Rejoice!”
By Charles Wesley (1746), John Darwall; Public Domain

 

LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD

Let the glory of the Lord forever by our joy
May redemption be the theme of our song
For by grace we have been saved,
and by grace we shall proclaim
to the corners of the earth that Christ is come

Let the nations be glad!
Let the people rejoice!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the whole earth be filled
with the praises of the Lord!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the nations be glad!

Through the ages gone before,
through the trial and the sword
Many saints and martyrs conquered,
though they died
Still we, holding out the cross,
crossing oceans, suffering loss
Shall endure all things to win the crown of life

Let the nations be glad!
Let the people rejoice!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the whole earth be filled
with the praises of the Lord!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the nations be glad!

As your holy church goes forth
in the Holy Spirit’s power
With the glories of the gospel to exclaim
Now we pray Your kingdom come,
and we pray Your will be done
For the honor and the glory of Your name!

Let the nations be glad!
Let the people rejoice!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the whole earth be filled
with the praises of the Lord!
For salvation belongs to our God!
Let the nations be glad!
Music and words by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, and Aaron Boswell. © 2010 Getty Music Hymns and Songs; Love Your Enemies Publishing; Curb Dayspring Music. CCLI #5760316

 

ONLY A HOLY GOD

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven?
Who else could make every king bow down?
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles?
Only a Holy God!

What other beauty demands such praises?
What other splendor outshines the sun?
What other majesty rules with justice?
Only a Holy God!

Come and behold him,
the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy!
Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!

What other glory consumes like fire?
What other power can raise the dead?
What other name remains undefeated?
Only a Holy God!

Come and behold him,
the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy!
Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!

Who else could rescue me from my failing?
Who else would offer his only Son?
Who else invites me to call him Father?
Only a Holy God!
Only my Holy God!

Come and behold him,
the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy!
Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!
Words and Music by Michael Farren, Jonny Robinson, Dustin Smith, Rich Thompson; © 2016 CityAlight Music; CCLI #7073332

 

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Praise God, from Whom salvation comes!
Oh, praise and bless the glorious One!
All peoples, tribes, and nations, sing!
Come, worship Christ, our Lord and King!

Amen!
Words by Thomas Ken, 1674; Tune – OLD HUNDREDTH – by Louis Bourgeois, 1551;
Additional Verse by Cary Cox, ©2022 Indescribable Love Music; CCLI#1291654

 

Scripture Reading – Revelation 5:1-10

 

IS HE WORTHY

Do you feel the world is broken?
[We do]
Do you feel the shadows deepen?
[We do]
But do you know that all the dark
Won’t stop the light from getting through?
[We do]
Do you wish that you could see it all made new?
[We do]

Is all creation groaning?
[It is]
Is a new creation coming?
[It is]
Is the glory of the Lord to be
the light within our midst?
[It is]
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this?
[It is]

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal
and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah, who conquered the grave,
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died
to ransom the slave

Is he worthy, is he worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is he worthy of this?
[He is]

Does the Father truly love us?
[He does]
Does the Spirit move among us?
[He does]
And does Jesus our Messiah
hold forever those he loves?
[He does]
Does our God intend to dwell again with us?
[He does]

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal
and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah, who conquered the grave,
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died
to ransom the slave

From every people and tribe,
every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God,
to reign with the Son

Is he worthy, is he worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is he worthy, is he worthy?
Is he worthy of this?

He is!
Is he worthy, Is he worthy?
He is!
He is!
Words and Music by Andrew Peterson, Ben Shive; ©2018 Jakedog Music. CCLI #1291654

YOU ARE GOD ALONE

You are God alone!
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone!
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone!
Words and Music by Billy Foote, Cindy Foote; ©2004 Billy Foote Music; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; CCLI #1291654

Sermon: “The Tower of Babel”

Text: Genesis 11:1-9

Review – The Table of Nations in chapter 10

The beautiful way this passage is written –

I. Rebellion (v1-4).

A. The Good?

Are they doing what is good? They have unity, technology, and ambition!

B. The Bad. But the passage is clear that there is something bad going on here.

A reminder of Cain – (4:17-22).

Foreshadowing in Genesis 10: Nimrod –

1. Touch the Heavens. Their unified purpose is to “build…a tower with its top in the heavens” (v4).

“the heavens”  = the realm of God (Ps 115:3)

Ziggurats in ancient Mesopotamia –

2. Make a Name. Their stated purpose to “make a name for ourselves” (v4).

They are seeking glory and honor for themselves instead of God.

“Name” in Genesis –

3. Not Scatter. “lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (v4).

Their unified purpose amounts to outright disobedience of the word of God (Gen 1:28-29; 9:1, 7).

4. Crossing Boundaries. All of this amounts to the crossing of lines and boundaries set by God (Waltke), which is outright rebellion.

They are crossing the boundaries of:

(1) God’s Rule by seeking to exalt themselves to the realm of the heavens.

(2) God’s Glory by seeking a name for themselves.

(3) God’s Word by disobeying his command to scatter and fill the earth.

The pattern of crossing God’s boundaries in Genesis –

Crossing God’s boundaries in our day?

 

II. Evaluation (v5-7). God is watching and evaluating what man is doing.

Verse 6 could be a bit surprising: “And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”

Consider God’s evaluation of man’s unity and ambition!

Verse 7 reminds us of his words in chapter 3:22-24.

III. Intervention (v8-9). God confused the language of man for the purpose of scattering them over the world, just as he had commanded.

IV. Aftermath. This little passage points to big things in the unfolding story of the Bible:

1. Table of Nations – Genesis 10. This passage explains the scattering of the peoples into the nations of the earth, each with its own language, as presented in the table of nations (10:5, 18b, 20, 31-32).

2. Ladder to Heaven – Genesis 28. Jacob’s dream, the tower of Babel, and Jesus Christ (John 1:51)!

3. The Undoing of Babel.

Zephaniah spoke of a day when God would include the Gentile nations in his salvation (Zeph 3:9-12). God says that he will “change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD.”

Acts 2:4-12 shows the fulfillment of that prophecy!

At Babel, God confused the languages and scattered the nations, but now he is gathering the nations through the gospel of Jesus Christ into one church, unified – not for rebellion – but around the Lord Jesus Christ! See Revelation 5:9-10.

4. Babylon is Fallen – Revelation 18. The name Babylon became a kind of metaphor for the ongoing spiritual rebellion.

God will bring man’s rebellion to an ultimate end: Babylon is fallen (18:4), and all of heaven erupts in praise (19:1-3).

But a word of warning comes from heaven: “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lets you share in her plagues” (18:4).

Summary & Application:

 

YOU ARE GOD ALONE

You are not a god created by human hands
You are not a god dependent on any mortal man
You are not a god in need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is

You are God alone!
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone!
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone!

Unchangeable!
Unshakable!
Unstoppable!
That’s what You are!

You are God alone!
From before time began
You were on Your throne
You are God alone!
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God alone!
Words and Music by Billy Foote, Cindy Foote; ©2004 Billy Foote Music; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music; CCLI #1291654