July 3, 2011 Liturgy

Singing: Psalm 136:1,2
Law
Singing: Psalm 136:6,7,12
Prayer
Scripture reading: Revelation 13:1-10
Revelation 17:1-6
Singing: Psalm 5:5,6,9
Text: Revelation 17:7-14
Sermon
Responsive Song: Hymn 82:4

Prayer
Offertory: Work of the deacons
Closing Song: Hymn 53:1,2

Getting to see the wider context
T. One of the seven angels begins to show John the mystery of the prostitute
1. He does this by recalling John’s attention to the beast from the sea;
Orientation
Angel addresses astonishment
Angel calls attention to the beast
We’ve seen the beast before
Look at the beast again
2. He does this by exposing more details about this beast from the sea;
See more detail
Who/what these details represent
Ponder properly
Was, is not, is about to come
Caution again!
What we can say
3. He does this with words of gentle admonition.
Nature of astonishment
Gentle Admonition
Really nothing new
Hold tight!

Singing: Psalm 130:3,4
Profession of Faith Hymn 1
Prayer
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Singing: Hymn 70:1,2,3,4
Text: Belgic Confession 37
Sermon
Responsive Song: Psalm 42:3

Prayer
Offertory Work of the deacons
Closing Song: Hymn 67:1,2,4,7

The power of hope
T. We confess our hope in the return of our Saviour.
1. The context of this confession;
Not Comprehensive
Not dry!
Question of applicability
Context of last days
Resonates today too!
2. The contents of this confession;
Walk through what will happen with BC 37 as our guide
When
How?
What will happen?
Judgment
Horrible for unbelievers!
Great joy for believers!
Important – for today!
3. The basis of this confession.
Cf. first words “according to the Word of God.”
We too face that scoffing!
Admit
Back to the Word
Confidence
Response

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