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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 45:6-8: “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.”

Hymn—“Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken”

Scripture Reading—1 John 3:1-24

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Stand Up For Jesus”

Testimonies

King David opened the ninth Psalm with the words, ”I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.” The marvelous works of God are inclusive of all things—in Him we live, move and have our being; from Him all blessings flow; under the terms and promises of the gracious covenant all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus are procured. To show forth these marvelous works is to declare them, or testify of them. And, most importantly, a God honoring testimony is one which is driven by the sincerity and integrity of the heart, in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. So, in the spirit of David, which of God’s marvelous works do you have to share?

Hymn—“Nearer My God To Thee”

Sermon—“Further Evidence Of Regeneration”

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This sermon addresses the following points:
• Abel was one of God’s elect people, evidenced by his experience of the new birth, the inner witness of the Holy Spirit, the exercise of saving faith in the redemptive work of Christ, living as a stranger and a pilgrim and encountering conflict with Cain
• There are three aspects to Abel’s conflict with Cain—First, it implied he was in fellowship with God’s people; Second, it led to persecution for the testimony of Christ; Third, it was reflective of the enmity between the old and new natures
• The essential promotion of social liberty among people with opposing views
• The important principle of regenerate sinners separating themselves from the ungodly
• The spiritual disposition of regenerate sinners to forge friendships with the godly
• How the regenerate sinner’s love for the brethren provides further evidence he/she has been born again
• Calculating the population of the world at the time Abel was killed by Cain
• Identifying the number of sinners who had been born again during the lifetime of Abel
• Establishing a standard upon which all regenerate sinners should seek to build their friendships
• Assessing the value of small communities of God’s people—whether they meet in houses, rented facilities or purpose built chapels
• How to judge whether a person’s love for the brethren is the result of regeneration, or the deception of an unregenerate condition

Hymn—“Blest Be The Tie That Binds”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

Lord, make us to know our end, and the measure of our days, what it is; that we may know how frail we are. Behold, Thou hast made our days as an handbreadth; and our age is as nothing before Thee: verily each of us at our best state is altogether vanity. Whom have we in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that we desire beside Thee. Our flesh and our hearts fail: but Thou, O God, art the strength of our hearts, and our portion for ever. 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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