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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 34:1,3: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth…O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

Hymn—“Crown Him With Many Crowns”

Scripture Reading—Galatians 5:1-26

”Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“No More My God, I Boast No More”

Testimonies

In Psalm 96:2-4, King David explains why God’s people should show forth His salvation from day to day—”Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.” Let us, therefore, share a testimony of Lord’s greatness.

Hymn—“‘Take My Life And Let It Be”

Sermon—“Evidence Of Regeneration”

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This sermon addresses the following points:
• Reaffirming the necessity of the new birth as the distinguishing mark of those who are numbered among God’s elect people
• Reaffirming the witness of the Holy Spirit as the distinguishing mark of those who have been born again
• Highlighting the three factors of Abel’s testimony which serve as contributing evidence that he had been born again
• Focusing on the first part of Abel’s testimony—the exercise of saving faith in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ
• Differentiating Abel’s true religion from Cain’s false religion
• Tracing the origin of true and false religion
• Comparing the true religion of Adam and Eve with that of Abel—they shared the same faith
• Explaining how saving faith was the result of the new birth—they savingly believed on Christ because they had been born again; they were not born again because they savingly believed on Christ
• Showing why saving faith must be the result of regeneration—First, there is the issue of ability (the nature of the soul); Second, there is the issue of authority (the terms of the covenant)
• Distinguishing between saving faith (exercised by regenerate sinners) and natural faith (exercised by unregenerate sinners)
• Denouncing the folly of ego driven preachers who mass produce man-made converts based on a duty-faith and free-offer message
• Showing how saving faith is a fruit of the new nature, as described by Paul in Galatians 5
• Showing how saving faith is an evidence of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, exemplified by the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8
• Showing what it means for the regenerate sinner to be under the authority of the Covenant of Grace (and therefore subject to the gospel law), rather than the authority of the Mosaic Covenant (subject to the ten commandments) or the authority of the Covenant of Works (subject to the heart law)
• Linking this teaching to the larger subject of the regenerate sinner’s assurance of salvation, exhorting the believer to walk in his/her new nature, if indeed this new nature has been imparted to his/her soul

Hymn—“’I Am Thine O Lord”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

We had fainted, unless we had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Let us wait on the Lord: let us be of good courage, and He shall strengthen our hearts. We say again, let us wait on the Lord. Amen.

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Guidance Notes
[1] The proceedings of the worship service should be conducted by one person. If it is a family gathering, then the head of home (Father or Mother) should assume the leadership. If it is a church gathering, then the Pastor, Deacon or an elder should assume the oversight. If it is a gathering with friends (peers), then one of these persons should take the lead. It is the responsibility of the leader to maintain order and discipline during the meeting. This important position should not be delegated to a person on the basis of his/her musical ability. Just because someone has a good voice or can play an instrument does not qualify him/her to lead a worship service.
[2] The leader should set a time for the worship service, making it known to all who will be attending. The leader should ensure the worship room is clean and clear of anything that might distract. The leader should give a five minute notice before the service begins. At the scheduled time, the leader should start by calling the group to worship.
[3] Children of all ages should be attending the family and/or church gathering. It is the responsibility of the parents to train their children how to be respectful and attentive during a worship service. The leader should ensure all toys and devices are put out of sight. It sends the wrong message to young children if they are allowed to play during a worship service. The leader (and group) should exercise patience and gentleness if some of the children are a little disruptive. In certain circumstances, one of the parents may need to take the child out of the room until discipline of the child is regained.
[4] Here is an example on how the proceedings should go:
• A CALL TO WORSHIP
“Let us worship almighty God, by standing together and singing our opening hymn-‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING OPENING HYMN
Read the statement after the opening hymn, under ‘A Call To Worship’.
“Let us stand together as we sing our first hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FIRST HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us continue to worship the Lord by hearing what He has to say to us from the Holy Scriptures. Please turn in your Bible to the (Scripture Text) and I will read from the opening verse.” The Scripture should be read by the family or church leader.
• READ THE SCRIPTURE
“And may the Lord add a double blessing upon the reading of His Word. Let us now come before the Lord in prayer.” Although the opening prayer may be delegated to someone else in the group, it is a good policy for the family or church leader to assume this responsibility.
• THE OPENING PRAYER
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our second hymn—‘Name of the Hymn.’”
• SING SECOND HYMN
“You may be seated.” Read the statement under “Testimonies”.
• SHARE TESTIMONIES
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our third hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING THIRD HYMN
“You may be seated. We will now come under the teachings of God’s Word. Let us be attentive to the gospel minister. He has prepared food for our souls. May it please the Lord to edify us in the gospel.”
• WATCH THE SERMON
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our fourth hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FOURTH HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us close our meeting in prayer.” It is a good policy to delegate this responsibility to another leader in the group. For instance, if the father is leading the family worship, then he may ask the mother to close in prayer; or, if the Pastor is leading the church worship, then he may ask a Deacon or an elder to close in prayer.
• LEAD IN THE CLOSING PRAYER
“Before we are dismissed, let us stand together once more and sing a final hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING CLOSING HYMN
• READ THE BENEDICTION



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