Warnings are meant to produce some amount of fear of evil consequences. Our passage in Hebrews 6:4-8 is not an idle threat, but one meant to drive us to remain faithful to the Finisher of our faith.
We begin with a responsive reading from John 1, as we re-enter the season of marking the Saviour’s birth. Our first hymn celebrates the permanence and security of salvation when built upon Christ alone: “On Christ Salvation Rests Secure”.
In Ezekiel 18, we read of God’s fairness with men: righteousness is rewarded, evil is punished. Unfaithfulness brings retribution, while repentance always brings mercy. We then sing of this mercy and justice beautifully combined in our Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the hymn “Jesus Lover of My Soul”.
Our New Testament reading has Jesus commending a church which remained faithful, and did not deny the name of Christ. We turn to prayer, ask for faithfulness, and sing the doxology.
As we give, we ask God for the grace of illumination as we study a difficult passage of Scripture. After hearing with obedient hearts, we depart by singing a hymn which states that while we wander, we ask for God to bind our hearts to Him with the chain of His goodness.
Responsive Reading 119 John 1:9-14
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 290 On Christ Salvation Rests Secure (DUKE STREET)
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 18:20-32
Hymn 321 Jesus Lover of My Soul
Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:7-13
Sermon: Hebrews 6:4-8: No Second Salvation
Hymn 253 Come Thou Fount