Life In The Church
February 7, 2021 / James 2:
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
We Worship God Who Calls Us To Gather Around His Table
Song of Praise “Let It Rise”
Call to Worship Psalm 84:10-12
Song of Praise “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Confession of Faith WCF 21.2
Song of Praise “Great Are You Lord”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Reception of New Member Ross Connell
Ministry Spotlight Boyette Sports
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “Holy Spirit”
Scripture Reading James 1:26 – 2:13
Sermon “We Are The Church:
A People Called, A People Sent: Life In The Church” Craig Swartz
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Preparation “We Will Feast In The House of Zion”
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Song of Response “Jesus Thank You”
Augustine of Hippo:
“Community is the fruit of charity and is expressed in friendship which brings forth and nourishes loyalty, trust, sincerity and mutual understanding. … Friendship in Christ not only favors the development of each one’s personality, but it also increases freedom in the community itself, in which a healthy openness of mind fosters dialogue and enjoys a necessary autonomy with which to serve God better.”
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J. B. Philips:
“Don’t ever attempt my brothers to combine snobbery with faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.”
Martin Luther King Jr. :
“You see the founding fathers were influenced by the Bible. The concept of the imago dei, the image of God, is the idea that all men have the same thing within them, that God injected and this gives everyone a uniqueness and worth. He gives us dignity and we must never forget this as a nation. There are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a base black to a treble white is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because everyone is made in the image of God.”
David Bentley Hart:
“We must not forget where our contemporary western society’s larger notion of moral good comes from.
Compassion, pity and charity as we understand them have not always been around.
We should acknowledge that we are the inheritors of a social conscience where ethical grammar would have been very different had it not been shaped by Christianity.”
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1 Samuel 16:7b
“Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go…
But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense — love as distinct from “being in love” — is not merely a feeling.
It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriage) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God…
“Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.
It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”
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Definition of conformity:
“Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms or being like-minded.”
William E. Booth-Clibborn:
“Down from His glory, ever living story,
My God and Savior came,
And Jesus was His name.
Born in a manger, To His own a stranger,
A Man of sorrows, tears and agony.
O how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!
The great Creator became my Savior,
And all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.
Bringing us redemption;
That in the dead of night,
Not one faint hope in sight,
God, gracious, tender,
Laid aside His splendor,
Stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul.