A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 5:11,12: “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”

Hymn—“We Magnify Our Father God”

Scripture Reading—1 John 1:1-2:2

”That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins:”

Hymn—“Shall We Go On To Sin”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“How Oft, Alas, This Wretched Heart”

Sermon—“How Oft, Alas, This Wretched Heart”

Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highlighting the subject and theme of the hymn—the triumphant recovery of a rescued backslider
• Showing where the subject of backsliding fits within the framework of sovereign grace
• Explaining the distinction between the twofold nature of a regenerate sinner’s soul
• Explaining progressive sanctification and showing why it is a wrong doctrine
• Explaining the difference between progressive sanctification and growth in grace
• Outlining the five stanzas of the hymn, each of which may be viewed as a step forward in the recovery process of a rescued backslider
• Stanza 1—A Solemn Confession
• Stanza 2—A Gracious Invitation
• Stanza 3—A Mournful Petition
• Stanza 4—A Joyful Acclamation
• Stanza 5—A Compelled Resolution
• The backslider’s experience outlined in the hymn resembles the confession of David in Psalm 119:176

Hymn—“How Oft, Alas, This Wretched Heart”

Closing Prayer


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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