April 2, 2017

Preaching:  Dr. Kim Riddlebarger

Invocation: Psalm 118:1
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 
For his steadfast love endures forever!

The Law:  Luke 18:9–14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The Old Testament Lesson: Psalm 143:1–12
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. 3 For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. 5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. 6 I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.  7 Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! 11 For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! 12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.

The New Testament Lesson: Galatians 2:15–21
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. 17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.    

The Sermon: “Not by Works, But Through Faith”  The Third in a Series of Sermons on the Book of Galatians

Hymn # 1 (Trinity Hymnal # 342) “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”
Hymn # 2 (Trinity Hymnal # 490) “Out of the Deep I Call”
Hymn # 3 (Trinity Hymnal # 518) “Christ, of All My Hopes the Ground”

The Afternoon Service – Learning the Basics of the Reformed Faith
Why Do We Baptize Infant Children of Believers?
Hymn # 1 (Psalter Hymnal # 35) All Ye that Fear Jehovah’s Name”
The Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 4:18 ff
The New Testament Lesson: Colossians 2:6-15
The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 27, Q&A 72-74; Belgic Confession, Article 34
Hymn # 2 (Psalter Hymnal # 203) “In the Heavens the Lord Almighty”