Today, two months since we last met corporately, we return to our series in 2 and 3 John. Psalm 119 calls us to worship, with a statement of loving the truth. Truth is a Person – the ascended Jesus Christ (John 14:6) We can lift our voices and sing “In Christ Alone”.
In prayer, we approach our ascended Lord who is our High Priest, forsaking our sins and looking to Him for acceptance. Our prayers continue for authorities, for ministry, for the sick and ailing, for the church’s edification, and for all me. We keep praying for Muslim salvations during this time, and particularly remember the Sayyid people in India. Today would also have been our church anniversary dinner, celebrating 17 years of God’s faithfulness to NCBC.
“O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus” helps us remember the mighty grace of Jesus in saving us. We then read of this mighty, saving love in 1 John 4.
As we return to the theme of love and truth in 2 and 3 John, we should think about the state of the church: its doctrine, truth, schisms, and fellowship. We then sing thoughtfully the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation”, and follow that with a reading of 3 John. We then begin our study of this book with a consideration of “Truth’s Triage”.
We close with the doxology and with a blessing from Ephesians 6:23-24.
Call to Worship: Psalm 119:153-168
Song 21 In Christ Alone
Hymn 208 O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:9-19
Hymn 288 The Church’s One Foundation
Scripture Reading: 3 John 1-14
Sermon: 3 John 1-4: Truth’s Triage
13 Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Benediction: Ephesians 6:23-24