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 29:2: “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Awake, My Soul, In Joyful Lays”

Sermon—“Counsellor”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the three main parts of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the Messiah, as recorded in Isaiah 9:6
• Explaining the meaning of the term “counsellor”
• First, Christ is Counsellor, with the Father and the Spirit, in the eternal decree of creation, providence and salvation
• Second, Christ is Counsellor, to the angelic host
• Third, Christ is Counsellor, to the non-elect humans
• Fourth, Christ is Counsellor, to the elect humans
• Highlighting four ways Christ is Counsellor to the elect—as Prophet, Priest, King and Vine

Hymn—“Jesus, At Thy Command”

Scripture Reading—John 15:1-17

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.”

Hymn—“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

If we be partakers of the divine nature, then we are as green olive trees in the house of God. May we trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. May we praise the Lord for ever, because He doeth all things well. May we wait on His name, for it is good before His saints. Amen.



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