This Lord’s Day, we allow Hebrews 2:1-4 to search us. The theme of the text is “Pay Attention, or Pay the Price”. That is, we either give heed, in loving faith, to Christ in the Gospel, or we face a severer judgement than those under the Law.
We begin with God’s gracious call in Isaiah 66:2. God is not impressed with human works. By grace He calls us, and if we are humble and tremble at His Word, we find a welcome.
“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” expresses Wesley’s wishes to have thousands of tongues, throughout the whole Earth, praise his great Redeemer. Stanzas 2-5 give us the reasons for such admiration for Jesus.
Our first Scripture reading is in Deuteronomy 11. Here God counsels His people to pay close attention to His Word, and not to drift towards idols, which will be their undoing. We continue to sing of the great New Covenant salvation in “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”. Notice the attitude of desire and longing in this hymn. Look out for Wesley’s use of the term from today’s text “so great salvation”.
Our second reading in Acts shows us Paul preaching to Felix. Felix is a classic example of someone intellectually toying with the idea of Christ, but not taking earnest heed.
As we return to God an offering of thanksgiving and dependence, we sing “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”. It is a hymn of humble cleaving to the Lord, appropriate before we meditate on paying earnest attention to Christ from Hebrews 2:1-4. We end with a song affirming our Saviour’s sufficiency, “Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know”. We depart with God’s blessing on His people.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 66:2
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 219 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 11:16-26
Hymn 255 Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Scripture Reading: Acts 24:22-26
Offering Hymn 269 My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Sermon: Hebrews 2:1-4 Warning #1: Pay Attention or Pay the Price
Hymn 226 Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know