Order of Worship
Valley Presbyterian Church in Madison
May 3, 2020
Hymn of Praise Oh For A Thousand Tongues to Sing C.Wesley (1739)
Call to Worship
The earth is the LORD ’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
Hymn of Praise You Alone Can Rescue M. Redman (2008)
Hymn of Praise Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah W. Williams (1745)
Affirmation of Faith
Reflection for Worship
Westminster Confession of Faith
Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints
1. Those whom God has accepted in his Son and has effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit can never completely or finally fall out of their state of grace. Rather, they shall definitely continue in that state to the end and are eternally saved.
2. This endurance of the saints does not depend on their own free will but on God’s unchangeable decree of election, flowing from his voluntary, unchangeable love. It also depends on the effectiveness of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ, on the indwelling Spirit and indwelling seed of God in the saints, and on the nature of the covenant of grace. All these establish the certainty and infallibility of their preservation.
3. Nevertheless, the temptations of Satan, the world, and their old carnal nature, along with neglect of the means of their preservation, may lead believers to commit serious sins and to continue in them for a time. They consequently displease God and grieve his Holy Spirit, have some of the fruit of God’s grace and his comforts taken away from them, have their hearts hardened and their consciences wounded, hurt and offend others, and bring temporal judgments on themselves.
Scripture Reading I Peter 1:3-7
Sermon Rev. Barney Heyward
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