God’s Greatest Revelation: His Word

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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
August 29, 2010 9:00 a.m
For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 14, Page 124 In Front Of Hymnal

Opening Prayer And Invocation
Our Confession Of Sins And Absolution
P: Let us come before the throne of grace, humbly confessing our sins of
thought, word and deed, and seeking God’s forgiving love at the foot of the cross.
C: Dear Father in heaven,we come before you as the Prodigal Son came
before his father – confessing our sins. At times we too have put the
pleasures and treasures of this world above You; We too have sometimes
been unappreciative of the blessings of life in Your house; We too have sometimes walked away from opportunities to serve and praise You;
Because of our sins, we too are not worthy of being called Your children.
Yet, in humble repentance, we come before You, seeking the warmth of
Your loving and forgiving assurance for the sake of Your Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ, and His great and saving sin-sacrifice on the cross.
P: (Absolution) As the Father in love embraced his wayward but repentant
son in the parable, our dear Father through His Gospel in love embraces
us, assuring us of His forgiving love in Christ Jesus. Indeed, such heartfelt
repentance is an occasion for celebration and joy in our Father’s heart,among all of us who receive this absolution, and among the very angels of heaven.

Sing: “Behold The Lamb Of God” (Melody: Hymn 27)
Lyrics: Judith Snell; Based On Revelation 5 & 7
1. Behold the Lamb of God! Who carried all our sin;
He washed us in His holy blood, And made us pure in Him.
2. Behold the Lamb of God! Worthy alone is He
To glory, honor, pow’r and praise From all on land and sea.

A RESPONSIVE READING: THE NATURAL KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
(Interspersed With Hymn Stanzas Of Hymn 17)
P: There is only one explanation for the fact that religion is universal, that
every nation and culture has embraced belief in a divine being: There is deep
within every human a natural, in-born knowledge of God. According to God,
Only a fool would claim otherwise.
C: “God did not leave Himself without witness. For in Him we live & move
and have our being..The fool says in his heart,’There is no God.’ (Ps 14)
P: Overwhelming evidence of God’s existence comes from the greatness,glory
and grandeur of His creation – within us, & around us in our world & universe.
C:“The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work
of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1) “For since the creation of the world God’s
invisible qualities – His eternal power and Godhead – have been clearly
seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are
without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) “I will praise You, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made.

Sing Hymn 17 (V 2-3)
O, tell of His might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, Whose canopy space!
His glories we see In heavens and on earth,
In bodies complete, Of infinite worth.

This earth with its store Of wonders untold,
Almighty, thy pow’r Hath founded of old,
Hath stablished it fast By a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast Like a mantle, the sea.

P: God has also given to every human being a soul and conscience, a powerful
inner sense of God’s existence and His just anger and judgment over our sin.
C: “When the Gentiles,who do not have the law, do by nature the things
required by the law… these show that the requirements of the law are
written on their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their
thoughts either accusing or excusing them.” (Romans 2: 14-15)
P: This natural knowledge of God is a blessing from God intended to show us
God’s wisdom, power and goodness so that we might led to seek further into
His identity and nature and discover Him in His revealed Word.
C: “God has left His witness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in
their seasons, by providing you with food and filling your hearts with joy.
…. I am going to make this “unknown” god known to you. This is the God
Who created heaven and earth and is Lord of all, Who gives to all life and breath, Who establishes and rules men and nations, God did all this so that men may seek after Him and find Him.” (Acts 14 & 17 Excerpts)

Sing Hymn 17 (V 4-5)
Thy bountiful care What tongues can recite?
It breathes in the air, It shines in the light,
It streams from the hills, It descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills In the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust And feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust Nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies, how tender How firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend.

P: While man’s natural knowledge of good, it is insufficient and can show man
neither who the true God is nor how we can appease Him and gain salvation.
Only the Holy Spirit through the inspired Scriptures can make us wise unto
salvation.
C: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God
has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by
His Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9-10) “From infancy you have known the Holy
Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith
in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)

Sing Hymn 17 (V 1 + Additional Verse)
Oh, worship the King All glorious above;
Oh, gratefully sing His power and His love,
Our Shield and Defender, The Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor And girded with praise.

Oh, Word of the Lord Giv’n us from above,
By Spirit inspired Words filled with His love.
Our Triune God blesses, The way of life brings.
All glory to Jesus – Our Savior and King

The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick & the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn: “God’s My Light” (Bulletin Insert)

The Sermon ……………………………………………………. 1 Corinthians 2: 6 – 16
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For
who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within Him. In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit Who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak,not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually hidden. For who has known the
mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

GOD GREATEST REVELATION : HIS WORD

1. Cannot Be Found In Either Nature Or Man
2. Found Only In The Spirit-Inspired Words Of Scripture

Hymn 296 – “Speak, O Lord, Thy Servant Heareth”

Our Gifts Of Faith For The Lord’s Work

A Prayer For Our Christian Day School And Our Lord’s Benediction

Closing Hymn: “Behold The Lamb” (V 3-5)
Behold the Lamb of God! Surrounded at the throne;
By multitudes of saint’s forgiv’n Washed in His blood alone.
Behold the Lamb! His throne! Where all our fears are stilled;

Love, joy and light for darkness there; All hope forever filled.
Behold the Lamb Who lives! Who passed though death’s dark door;
Because he lives, I, too, shall live With joy forevermore. Amen.

Silent Prayer And Announcements