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Worship Guide for Sunday, January 29th:

Call to Worship:And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21 (ESV)

JESUS SAVES!

We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land;
Climb the steeps and cross the waves
Onward! ‘tis our Lord’s command;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Sing above the battle strife:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
By his death and endless life,
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing it softly thro’ the gloom,
when the heart for mercy craves
Sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free,
highest hills and deepest caves,
This our song of victory:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

And when storms are closing in:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
When my heart is crushed by sin:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Look to him, and find new life,
when you’re beaten by the waves;
Now and ever, hope in Christ!
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Look to him, and find new life,
when you’re beaten by the waves;
Now and ever, hope in Christ!
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
By Priscilla Owens and William Kirkpatrick; Public Domain; Additional verse by Cary Cox, ©2020 Indescribable Love Music; CCLI #1291654

CHRIST OUR HOPE IN LIFE AND DEATH

What is our hope in life and death?
Christ alone, Christ alone!
What is our only confidence?
That our souls to him belong!
Who holds our days within his hand?
What comes, apart from his command?
And what will keep us to the end?
The love of Christ, in which we stand!

Oh, sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
Oh, sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess,
Christ our hope in life and death!

What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good!
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood!
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh,
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?

Oh, sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
Oh, sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess,
Christ our hope in life and death!

Unto the grave, what shall we sing?
“Christ, he lives; Christ, he lives!”
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life with him
There we will rise to meet the Lord,
Then sin and death will be destroyed,
And we will feast in endless joy,
When Christ is ours forevermore!

Oh, sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
Oh, sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess,
Christ our hope in life and death!
Words and Music by Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa; © 2020 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Messenger Hymns (BMI) / Jordan Kauflin Music (BMI) / Matthew Merker Music (BMI) / Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP) / adm at MusicServices.org

ALL I HAVE IS CHRIST

I once was lost in darkest night,
yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
had led me to the grave
I had no hope that you would own
a rebel to your will
And if you had not loved me first,
I would refuse you still

But as I ran my hell-bound race,
indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
and led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed,
you suffered in my place!
You bore the wrath reserved for me,
now all I know is grace!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!

Now Lord I would be yours alone,
and live so all might see
The strength to follow your commands
could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
in any way you choose,
And let my song forever be
my only boast is you!

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life!
Words and Music by Jordan Kauflin; ©2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). CCLI #1291654

 

SCRIPTURE READING – JOHN 14:5-6; ACTS 4:8-12; ISAIAH 43:11

 

NOT IN ME

No list of sins I have not done,
no list of virtues I pursue
No list of those I am not like
can earn myself a place with You
O God, be merciful to me!
I am a sinner through and through.
My only hope of righteousness
is not in me, but only You!

No humble dress, no fervent prayer;
No lifted hands, no tearful song
No recitation of the truth
can justify a single wrong
My righteousness is Jesus’ life;
my debt was paid by Jesus’ death!
My weary load was borne by Him,
and He alone can give me rest!

No separation from the world,
no work I do, no gift I give
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;
I cannot cause my soul to live
But Jesus died and rose again;
the pow’r of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me,
and merciful in Christ alone!

My righteousness is Jesus’ life;
my debt was paid by Jesus’ death!
My weary load was borne by Him,
and He alone can give me rest!

O God, be merciful to me!
I am a sinner through and through;
My only hope of righteousness
is not in me, but only You!
Is not in me, but only You!
Words and Music by Eric Schumacher, David L. Ward ©2012 ThousandTongues.org. Administration by Thousand Tongues

YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea,
Your grace is deeper still!
(Repeat)

You alone can rescue,
You alone can save!
You alone can lift us from the grave!
You came down to find us,
led us out of death!
To You alone belongs the highest praise!

You, oh Lord, have made a way;
The great divide You healed
For when our hearts were far away,
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still!

You alone can rescue, You alone can save!
You alone can lift us from the grave!
You came down to find us,
led us out of death!
To You alone belongs the highest praise!
To You alone belongs the highest praise!

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes,
You’re the Giver of Life!
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes,
You’re the Giver of Life!
(repeat)

You alone can rescue, You alone can save!
You alone can lift us from the grave!
You came down to find us,
led us out of death!
To You alone belongs the highest praise!
To You alone belongs the highest praise!
Words and Music by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin;
©2009 Thankyou Music/Sixsteps Music/Said and Done Music/Jonas Myrin/SHOUT! Publishing; CCLI #1291654

Sermon: “Only God’s Way”

Review

Text: Genesis 21:1-12

I. The Birth of Isaac (v1-7).

1. The Faithfulness of God. Notice the emphasis in this text.

See two things: (1) God is faithful to keep his promise

and (2) God has begun to unfold his salvation plan for the world through this child, Isaac.

2. The Amazing Nature of the Birth.

The theme of laughter in this text emphasizes the amazing nature of Isaac’s birth:

Abraham and Sarah laughed when they heard God’s promise (17:17; 18:12)

God won’t let us forget the laughter (18:15)

Why did they laugh? (17:17; 18:11-12)

The child is named “Isaac,” (he laughs) (18:19)

“Laughter” returns as joyful amazement at God’s power (v6-7).

The birth of Isaac vs the birth of Jesus –  

 

II. The Choice of Isaac (v8-12). A time of crisis.

The offspring of the serpent has “enmity” against the offspring of the woman (Gen 3:15).

1. What Sarah Saw. Ishmael “laughing.”

What did she perceive?

2. What Sarah Said. Cast them away!

Abraham’s reaction –

God is protecting Isaac and confirming that he is the one, by casting Ishmael aside.

God’s covenant will pass to Isaac, even though Abraham pleaded with God that it might come through Ishmael (17:18-19)

God’s word declares to Abraham: “through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”

 

III. The Meaning of Isaac. This text is interpreted by the New Testament.

Discipleship – self-denial and an embracing of God’s will and God’s way and God’s strength instead of our own (see Luke 9:23)

God wants us to understand that we are not saved by our ethnic bloodline or by our works of the flesh, but through faith in the promise of God.

Jesus and John the Baptist had to teach the Jews in their day –  (see Mat 3:7-12; Jn 8:31-59).

The New Testament quotes this passage twice:

1. Romans 9:6-9. Not all Israel is Israel. Salvation is not through ethnic and family lines (physical descendants of Abraham), but through spiritual descendants of Abraham, through faith in Christ.

2. Galatians 4:21-31. Isaac and Ishmael represent for us two approaches of being saved, and two differing ways to live. God’s way or our way.

The message of the entire Bible: we cannot save ourselves, it must be God’s way –  

Application:

 

 

MY HOPE IS BUILT

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand!

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace!
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand!

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand!

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found!
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand!
Words by Edward Mote, 1834. Tune “SOLID ROCK,” BY William Batchelder Bradbury, 1863.
Public Domain; CCLI #1291654