Order of Service for This Lord's Day



Order of Service
October 15, 2017

Introduction

So far in our study of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul has explained that the resurrection of Christ is essential to the gospel (15:1:-11), has presented a strong theological argument against those who would deny the resurrection (15:12-19), and identified the goal of the resurrection as the reversal of the ravages caused by Adam’s sin (15:12-19). In the text for this Lord’s Day, he lays out a blunt argument that questions why anyone would bother serving Christ if there is no hope of resurrection. At the conclusion of the paragraph, he challenges the readers to distance themselves from anyone who teaches such falsehood. He also calls them out for their sinful behavior, commanding them to get serious about their Christianity. The implied message is that our hope of resurrection and life in a new creation in the presence of Christ must change the way we should live right now.

Our worship hymns rejoice in the assurance we have in this life and anticipate the joy we shall have in the life to come.

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Call to Worship.......................................................................................... Psalm 96:11-13

Invocation

PROCLAMATION

Hymn 63................................................................................ Come, Thou Almighty King 
Notes:  We begin with an anthem that invokes the presence of the Triune God to help us worship as we ought.  It expresses our desire for God to rule over us through the Word and by the Spirit for he is worthy of our praise. 
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response:  Hymn 462................................... Be Thou My Vision

Hymn 168.......................................................................................................... The Victor 
Notes:  Paul asked the Corinthians why he should bother enduring suffering for the cause of Christ if there is no resurrection. Thomas Kelly answers the question with words that embrace Paul’s faith: “They suffer with their Lord below, They reign with Him above.” Christ bore the cross with its shame and death; it is “His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, Their everlasting theme.” 
Scripture Reading...................................................................................... 1 John 2:28-3:9 
Notes: Paul connects the hope of resurrection with the way the Christian lives right now. This life is not all there is. And this life is not what is best. Therefore, we live with the confident hope that we will see our Lord face-to-face some day. John says that since we have this hope, we must purify ourselves even as Christ is pure. 
Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 174........................................................................................ Arise, My Soul, Arise 
Notes:  Christ is alive! That is Paul’s message. Charles Wesley reminds us that the risen Christ stands—right now!—before the Father’s throne as our “surety,” or source of security. For that reason, we have free, confident access to God and can live as Christians ought to live, without fear. 
Message............................................................................................... The Purifying Hope
                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 15:29-34
                                                                                                          Pastor Steven Thomas

RESPONSE

Hymn 371..................................................................................... It Is Well with My Soul 
Notes:  When we firmly grasp the deep significance of gospel truth (Christ’s death and resurrection that secure our eternal hope), our joyful thanks transform our perspective in all circumstances.  Together we sing of our joy in the gospel.  “My sin, O the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.”  And we anticipate the realization of our hope, “Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight.” Therefore, with joyful praise, we proclaim in any situation, “It is well with my soul.”  
Prayer Response........................................................................................... Bob Brayman


Benediction....................................................................................................... John Miles