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 13:5,6: “I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

Hymn—“Join, All Who Love The Savior’s Name”

Scripture Reading—Psalm 39:1-13

”I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah. Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.”

Hymn—“Though Troubles Assail And Dangers Affright”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us”

Sermon—“The Authority Of Holy Scripture”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Explaining how the apostles were responsible to oversee the completion of the Holy Scriptures as the final authority for the gospel witness
• Explaining the significance of the Tabernacle and Temple, along with the prophets of the Old Testament era, as it relates to the Old Testament scriptures
• Showing how the Lord’s people profited from the Old Testament scriptures
• Explaining the significance of the church, along with the apostles and prophets of the New Testament era, as it relates to the New Testament scriptures
• Showing the testimonies of Paul, Peter and John, each of whom acknowledged their mission to oversee the completion of the New Testament scriptures
• Explaining why it was necessary for Christ to endow the apostles with miraculous gifts, such as casting out devils, healing the sick, speaking with new tongues and having an immunity to venom and poison
• Aligning the biblical record of those who spoke with new tongues, with a timeline spanning 27 years
• Expounding 1 Corinthians 13, as in it Paul argues that new revelations such as ‘knowledge’ and ‘prophecies” will slowly fade away, as the New Testament scriptures are completed
• Showing how Paul also argues in the same passage, that speaking with new tongues will come to an abrupt stop (rather than slowly fading away)
• Showing how the timeline which strings together the biblical occurrences of those who spoke with new tongues, affirms that the exercise of the gift abruptly stopped in 57AD

Hymn—“Standing On The Promises”

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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