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Hymn Studies, Jared Smith

AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Let Us Therefore Come Boldly”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Identifying the main structure of Hebrews 4:14-16
• Examining Paul’s purpose for writing the Epistle to the Hebrews
• Explaining how the gospel of grace in the New Testament is the same gospel of grace in the Old Testament
• Highlighting the three offices ordained by God to meet the sinner’s need—(1) king, to rule the sinner; (2) prophet, to represent God to the sinner; (3) priest, to represent the sinner to God
• Highlighting the three parts to the office of priest
• Explaining how Jesus, the Son of God, perfectly fulfills the three parts as the sinner’s great high priest
• Connecting the intercession of Christ with the petitions of His people
• Explaining what it means to “hold fast our profession”
• Explaining what it means to “come boldly unto the throne of grace”
• Explaining how the sinner is able to “obtain mercy”
• Explaining how the sinner is able to “find grace to help in time of need”

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Could The Creatures Help Or Ease Us”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• This hymn speaks about the indispensable duty and exceptional privilege of God’s people to petition the Lord in time of need
• Explaining where the doctrine of petition fits within the framework of sovereign grace
• The first stanza emphasizes the necessity of God’s people to petition the Lord—the believer is rebuked for self-sufficiency, designed to produce conviction (a wounding of the heart)
• The first four lines of the first stanza speak about the inadequacy of helpers other than God; the last four lines speak about the folly of forgetting God
• The second stanza is an encouragement for God’s people to petition the Lord—the believer is put in remembrance of God’s all-sufficiency, designed to nurture comfort (a healing of the heart)
• The first four lines of the second stanza speak about the ability and willingness of the Lord to help His people; the last four lines speak about the believer’s assurance and confidence that the Lord will help him/her

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“My Faith Has Found A Resting Place”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• This hymn is a confession of faith with respect to regenerating and redeeming grace
• Explaining the doctrines of redemption and regeneration, using the framework of sovereign grace as a backdrop
• The first two stanzas speak of regeneration, whereas the last two stanzas speak of redemption
• Stanza 1—God’s work in His people: Regeneration (resulting in saving faith)
• Stanza 2—God’s work in His people: Regeneration (established in stedfast assurance)
• Stanza 3—God’s work for His people: Redemption (what Christ did—obedience/death)
• Stanza 4—God’s work for His people: Redemption (for whom He did it—the elect)
• The refrain speaks of experiential grace, opposed to academic or decisional grace

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• This hymn is a petition to the Lord, that He might prepare His people for another journey on their pilgrimage through the world
• Explaining what it means to be a stranger and a pilgrim, using the framework of sovereign grace as a backdrop
• Each stanza of the hymn highlights a separate petition
• Stanza 1—a petition for refreshment on our journey
• Stanza 2—a petition for growth on our journey
• Stanzas 3—a petition for perspective on our journey

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AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

Sermon—“Great God, How Infinite Art Thou”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• The theme of this hymn is the transcendence of God
• Explaining what the transcendence of God means, by using the framework of sovereign grace as a backdrop
• Each stanza of the hymn highlights a different aspect of God’s transcendence
• Stanzas 1 and 6—God is incomparably glorious
• Stanza 2—God is self-existent
• Stanzas 3 and 4—God providentially governs the world according to His eternal decree
• Stanza 5—God is immutable

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