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The Lord’s Day

March 22, 2015

“The Family-Part 4” (CE lesson) and “The Preaching of the Gospel” (sermon) are available on SermonAudio.

Call to Worship: Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
(NKJV)

Reading from the Law: Psalm 96:1-9

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
(NKJV)

Commentary: Here, the Psalmist teaches the pleasure and obligation of proclaiming God to all nations.  Even before the Great Commission, believing Israelites were shown that proclaiming the good news about God was expected.  The truth about God had been subverted by the idol-worshipping nations.  Since God alone is creator, and since Israel alone has this truth, it is incumbent on Israel to proclaim it in their worship. So, the church, likewise, has the truth of God and proclaims it in her worship and in carrying out the Great Commission. 

Reading from the Gospel: Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
With their voices they shall sing together;
For they shall see eye to eye
When the Lord brings back Zion.
Break forth into joy, sing together,
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has made bare His holy arm
In the eyes of all the nations;
And all the ends of the earth shall see
The salvation of our God.
(NKJV)

Commentary: The declaration by the watchmen of Israel that God was returning the captives, and would again bless and protect his people was news that could only elicit a joyful response – so joyful, that the appearance of messengers carrying this news could only be described as beautiful. So, Paul takes this image to show that the appointed messengers of God’s Word are a beautiful sight, carrying the good news of God’s sovereign love.

Sermon: “The Preaching of the Gospel” Romans 10:14-15

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
(NKJV)

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