This Sunday

Livestream for Sunday, November 18:

Song – Crown Him With Many Crowns (Matthew Bridges/Godfrey Thring; Music by George Elvey)

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the King to Whom is given the wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns, as thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, for He is King of all.

Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.

All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.
(Public Domain)

Song – In Christ Alone (Stuart Townend, Keith Getty ©2001 Thankyou Music)

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh:
Fullness of God in helpless Babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay:
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious Day:
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
CCLI #1291654

Song – Jerusalem (Rich Thompson)

See Him in Jerusalem, walking where the crowds are
Once these streets had sung to Him;
Now they cry for murder.
Such a frail and lonely Man holding up the heavy cross
See Him walking in Jerusalem, on the road to save us

See Him there upon the hill, hear the scorn and laughter
Silent as a lamb He waits, praying to the Father
See the King who made the sun
And the moon and shining stars
Let the soldiers hold and nail Him down
So that He could save them

See Him there upon the cross, now no longer breathing.
Dust that formed the watching crowds
Takes the blood of Jesus.
Feel the earth is shaking now;
See the veil is split in two!
And He stood before the wrath of God, shielding sinners with His blood.

See the empty tomb today:
Death could not contain Him!
Once the Servant of the world;
Now in vict’ry reigning!
Lift your voices to the One
Who is seated on the throne!
See Him in the New Jerusalem;
Praise the One who saved us!

Lift your voices to the One
Who is seated on the throne!
See Him in the New Jerusalem;
Praise the One who saved us!
©2014 CityAlight Music; CCLI #7003218

Scripture Reading – Psalm 86:6-13

Song – What Wondrous Love is This

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing!

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on!
American Folk Hymn, 1835; Public Domain

Song – Nothing But the Blood (Robert Lowry)

What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my pardon this I see: Nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing, this my plea: Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know; Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus
Naught of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my hope and peace; nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness; nothing but the blood of Jesus

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know; Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Now by this I’ll overcome, nothing but the blood of Jesus
Now by this I’ll reach my home, nothing but the blood of Jesus
(repeat)

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know; Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Arrangement by Cary Cox; 2008 Indescribable Love Music; CCLI #1291654

Sermon – God Over the Grave, Part 1   (Series: Jonah and the Unstoppable God)

Text: Jonah 1:17; 2:10

I. The Salvation of the Lord (1:17; 2:10).

A. The Fact of the Fish. Exactly what happened here?

B. The Purpose of Providence. Providence/sovereignty – God not only created everything that exists, but that he also personally rules over everything that exists.  God “appointed” the fish.

What is God’s purpose in appointing this fish?
1. Discipline of Jonah.
2. Rescue of Jonah. The God of the storm is also God over the grave!
3. Ministry to the Ninevites. By saving Jonah’s life, God enabled his preaching ministry to continue to the Ninevites (Blomberg).

II. The Sign of Jonah.

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:38-41 ESV

A. The Death & Resurrection of Christ. Just as Jonah figuratively experienced death and then new life, so Jesus would die and rise again! Jesus will die and rise again, and his ministry will continue after his death through the preaching of his gospel to the nations.

Death cannot defeat the unstoppable God!

Romans 1:4 – Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.”

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it” (Acts 2:24).

I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father” (John 10:17-18).

B. Our Death & Resurrection in Christ. We are the hearers of the preached gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection today. We (believers) share spiritually in his death and resurrection.

Pictured in baptism in water by the church.

Apply God’s Word:

 

Song – Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa)

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended:
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption,
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory,
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery:
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes
2012 Bleecker Publishing; McKinney Music, Inc