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Bulletin & Hymns
Friedens Reformed Church
P.O. Box J, Tripp, South Dakota 57376
Church: 605-935-6758 Pastor Andy: 605-505-1010
Affiliated with: The Evangelical Association of Reformed & Congregational Christian Churches
September 20, 2020
**Opening Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy 262
** Invocation: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.
**Call to Worship: Psalm 19:7-11
M: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
C: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
M: The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
C: The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
M: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
C: More to be desired are they than gold,
M: Yea, than much fine gold;
C: Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
M: Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
C: And in keeping them there is great reward.
Reading of the Law: Exodus 20:1-17
**Prayer of Confession: Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life. To the Glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
Assurance of Absolution:
Hymn: Break Thou the Bread of Life 274
**Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3
**The Apostles’ Creed
**The Gloria Patri
Reading of Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Sermon: The Reformed Doctrine of Preaching
The Offertory Hymn: O Word of God Incarnate 269
**Prayer of Dedication
**Closing Hymn: How Firm a Foundation 275
1. The preacher is a herald.
2. The message is God’s and is treated so.
3. The hearers are made to understand the message as God’s.
“Preachers who preach casually convey the impression that they do not have anything really important to say.” – Joel Beeke
“Preaching has very largely become a profession. Instead of real Christian sermons we are given secondhand expositions of psychology. The preachers say they that give the congregations what they ask for! What a terrible condemnation both of the preachers themselves & their congregations!” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Any true definition of preaching must say that that man is there to deliver the message of God, a message from God to those people. If you prefer the language of Paul, he is 'an ambassador for Christ'. That is what he is. He has been sent, he is a commissioned person, and he is standing there as the mouthpiece of God and of Christ to address these people.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“It matters to God what is preached. And it matters to Him how it is preached. No man is free to preach whatever and however he so chooses.” – Steven J. Lawson
“The Word of God alone is to be preached, in its perfection and inner consistency. Scripture is the exclusive subject of preaching, the only field in which the preacher is to labour.” – William Perkins