Alive In Christ: Called to be Faithful
July 26, 2020 / Colossians 4:
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
Song of Praise “Brethren We Have Met To Worship”
Call to Worship Psalm 21:1-5
Song of Praise “Come Thou Fount”
Confession of Faith WCF XVIII
Song of Praise “Who You Say I Am”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Confession of Sin from The Valley of Vision
Word of Forgiveness Book of Common Prayer
Assurance of Pardon Psalm 103:11-13
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “Is He Worthy”
Scripture Reading Colossians 4:15-18
Sermon “Alive In Christ: Called To Be Faithful” Craig Swartz
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “In Christ Alone”
Great is Thy Faithfulness
“Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father There is no shadow of turning with thee Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not As thou hast been thou forever wilt be Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed thy hand hath provided Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me.”
2 Timothy 4:2-4
“God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful.”
- THE TO THE FAITHFUL
2 Corinthians 11:28-29
Jesus, son of Joseph:
From the Jordan Management Consulting firm:
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have taken our battery of tests. We have not only run the results through our computer, but have also arranged personal interviews with our psychologists and vocational aptitude consultant.
It is the staff’s opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper.
Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers James and John place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas displays a skeptical attitude that would tend to undermine moral. Matthew has been blacklisted by the Jerusalem better businessmen bureau.
James son of Alpheus and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings and they both register a high score on the manic depression scale.
One of the candidates however shows a great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible.
We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right hand man.
“Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them.”
2. THE TO THE FAITHFUL
He calls Epaphras faithful in Colossians 1:7
1 Corinthians 4:1-2:
“See that the work of saving grace be fully wrought in your own souls. Can any reasonable man imagine that God should save men for offering salvation to others while they refuse it themselves and for telling others those truths which they themselves neglected and abused? Many a tailor goes in rags that make costly clothes for others and many a cook scarcely licks his fingers when he has dressed for others the most costly dishes. God never saved any man for being a preacher or worker, nor because he was an able preacher or an able worker, but because he was a justified, sanctified man and consequently faithful in his Master’s work.”
3. THE FOR THE FAITHFUL
“When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, ‘Of course, He can’t do anything about this.’ We struggle to reach the bottom of our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and saying, ‘It can’t be done.’”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen