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 68:19,20: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.”

Hymn—“Great God! My Maker And My King”

Scripture Reading—Acts 20:17-38

”And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Redeemed, How I Love To Proclaim It”

Sermon—“I Am Pure From The Blood Of All Men”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
Many believe the Apostle Paul was “pure from the blood of all men” because he offered the gospel (Free-Offer) to everyone he met and exhorted them to believe on Christ (Duty-Faith). This view is propagated by freewill religionists belonging to the Arminian and Moderate-Calvinist persuasions. This study:
(1) Explains the meaning of Duty-Faith and the Free-Offer
(2) Provides an expositional overview of the text
(3) Points out the term (and idea) of an ‘offer’ does not appear in the text, although seven other words do appear—show (announce), teach, testify, preach, declare, feed, show (reason/argue)
(4) Explains how Paul’s declaration of “all the counsel of God” is a reference to the Framework of Sovereign Grace
(5) Explains how Paul’s twofold message of God’s plan for the ages fits into the Framework of Sovereign Grace—he testified to the Jews and the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ
(6) Concludes the Apostle Paul was “pure from the blood of all men” because he declared “all the counsel of God”, warning the unregenerate sinners that they were duty-bound under the authority of the Covenant of Works to “repent toward God”, and explaining to regenerate sinners that they were duty-bound under the authority of the Covenant of Grace to “believe toward our Lord Jesus Christ”—the reprehensible doctrines of Duty-Faith and the Free-Offer do not appear in the text

Hymn—“For A Season Called To Part”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.



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