As Israel was about to enter the land, they rebelled in unbelief, and wanted to turn back. Our text in Hebrews today warns against turning back from the Lord.
Asaph’s words in Psalm 73 remind us that God alone is our portion. To whom else shall we go?
We pray for grace to worship, and then sing “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”. This hymn picks up all the themes of the Exodus: the desert trek, the manna, the water from the rock, the pillar of cloud and fire, and the crossing of the Jordan. These become images of our Christian walk, trusting only in Yahweh.
Psalm 95 is the text which the writer of Hebrews expounds, so we read it in preparation. We then turn to Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come Thou Fount”. He knew personally the pain of wandering from the Lord, and we join in singing, “Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”
In Luke 9, we read of some superficial seekers: people who wanted to follow Jesus only if it was convenient to them, and turned away when it was not.
We pray together, and then sing Cowper’s request: Oh for grace to love Him more! Our meditation on Hebrews 3:7-19 culminates in singing, “My Jesus, I love Thee”.
Call to Worship: Psalm 73:23-28
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 264 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Scripture Reading: Psalm 95
Hymn 253 Come Thou Fount
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:57-62
Offering: Congregational Song 28 O For Grace to Love Him More
Sermon: Hebrews 3:7-19: Don’t Refuse to Follow!
Hymn 235 My Jesus I Love Thee