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 34:9,10: “O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”

Hymn—“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 41:1-13

“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”

Hymn—“Like A River Glorious”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Lord, How Many Are My Foes”

Sermon—“Be Of Good Courage”

Jared Smith’s series of studies in Paul’s epistle to the Romans will continue after 4 weeks. In its place, a selection of sermons by Strict Baptist gospel preachers are provided. Please see the footnote to learn more about Mr. Gordon Hawkins.

Hymn—“In Mounts Of Danger”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.

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Gordon Hawkins served in the gospel ministry for more than 50 years. For the last 38 years of his life, he served as the pastor of Wattisham Strict Baptist Chapel in Suffolk, England. The Lord took him home, suddenly and without warning, on 11 January 2003, at the age of 78. He was widely known and deeply respected by fellow gospel ministers and believers around the world. After his passing, the saints at Wattisham recorded in their minute book the affection they nurtured for their beloved pastor:

“Our pastor gave us over 38 years of consistent and undeviating scriptural instruction, which has had a profound effect upon the spiritual character of this church. The teaching and precepts of Scripture were applied to our hearts and Hues. We were encouraged to take responsibility for ourselves and to walk in holiness and in the fear of the Lord, to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our pastor was a living testimony of what he preached, giving us an example of godly living, personal holiness and spiritual desires. We mourn the loss of a pastor who gave himself to his office and was a real shepherd of his flock.”

In Janet Lovell’s book, “All of Grace”, which recounts the history of Wattisham Strict Baptist Chapel, it is written of Mr. Hawkins’ preaching:

“Through over 38 years, systematic and reinforcing biblical teaching had a nourishing, encouraging and challenging effect on the hearers.The doctrine never deviated, in spite of the rapid decline of adherence to biblical truth nationally. The sovereign will of Cod in His majesty, the glorious gospel of redeeming love, the love and sympathetic involvement of Christ for His people in this world, heaven (where the Christian’s citizenship is) and the return of Christ in triumphant glory to this world with its resultant consequences, were all recurring themes. Gordon Hawkins often followed the line of argument of the apostle Peter,”seeing … these things” be so, “what manner of persons ought ye to be”, and the ministry was applied practically to Christian and non-Christian. One particular practical help to many was biblical teaching on marriage and the family.”



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