This Sunday

Livestream for Sunday, May 9:

Song – Crown Him
(Jacob Sooter, Stephen McWhirter)

It’s not my life to live
It’s not my song to sing
All I have is His
For all eternity

It’s not my righteousness
It’s not my faithfulness
All I have is His
For all eternity

We will crown him,
Crown him King of glory!
Crown him, crown him
Lord of all!
(repeat)

It’s not my war to win
It’s not my weight to bear
By his mighty hand
He won the victory

We will crown him,
Crown him King of glory!
Crown him, crown him
Lord of all!
(repeat)

It’s not my blood, but his
That stands in my defense
Oh, what love is this!
That won the victory!

We will crown him,
Crown him King of glory!
Crown him, crown him
Lord of all!
(repeat)
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Song – Crown Him with Many Crowns
(Lyrics by 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 o’er 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 hast died for me!
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity!
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Song – Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
(Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Michael Farren)

What gift of grace is Jesus my Redeemer;
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom;
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus;
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

The night is dark but I am not forsaken;
For by my side, the Savior he will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing;
For in my need, his power is displayed
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me;
Through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven;
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon;
And he was raised to overthrow the grave
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated;
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh, the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

With every breath I long to follow Jesus;
For he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me;
Until I stand with joy before the throne
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus;
All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me
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Pastoral Prayer & Scripture Reading – Philippians 2:3-11

Song – Show Us Christ
(Doug Plank, Bob Kauflin)

Prepare our hearts, O God
Help us to receive
Break the hard and stony ground
Help our unbelief
Plant your word down deep in us
Cause it to bear fruit
Open up our ears to hear
Lead us in your truth

Show us Christ!
Show us Christ!
O God, reveal your glory,
Through the preaching of your word!
Until every heart confesses
“Christ is Lord!”

Where else can we go, Lord,
Where else can we go?
You have the words of eternal life!
(repeat)
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Song – Here’s My Heart
(Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio)

Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

Here’s my life, Lord
Here’s my life, Lord
Here’s my life, Lord
Speak what is true
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Sermon: The Focus of the Ministry

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:1-5
Paul continues to defend and describe his ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What is true, authentic, Christian ministry?

I. The Centrality of Preaching.For what we proclaim…“ (v5a).

Preaching the word of God is central to Christian ministry.

Paul so far: “having this ministry” (4:1); refusing “to tamper with God’s word,” but instead committing to “the open statement of the truth” (4:2); the enemy of the ministry (v3-4)

Here in verse 5: “For what we proclaim…”  This is the Greek word “kerysso,” which means: to proclaim, to preach, to announce publicly, to tell, to proclaim with the goal to persuade, to urge, to warn, to be a herald, to announce in an official capacity (Strongs).

Christian ministry is built around preaching, proclaiming the word of God.

II. The Content of Preaching. What do we preach?

A. What We Do NOT Preach.For what we proclaim is not ourselves…” (v5b).

We are not the focus.

B. What We DO Preach. “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord” (v5c).

“We preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor 1:23)

Christian ministry is announcing the message from God about his Son, Jesus Christ!

The early church preached Jesus: (Acts 5:42; 8:4-5, 12; 9:20; 11:20; 17:18; Col 1:28)

III. The Character of Preachers. “…with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (5d).

for Jesus’ sake.”

“The gospel is both proclaimed and embodied by Paul” (ESV Study Bible notes). He preaches Christ and he lives like Christ.

We who follow Christ must also serve him and others in weakness and humility, glorifying him, and not us (see 1 Cor 2:1-5; Phil 2:3-11).

Apply God’s Word:

We preach Christ Jesus as Lord, and we serve for his sake, for his glory!

 

Song – In Christ Alone
(Stuart Townend, Keith Getty)

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.
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