Worship Elements for Sunday, April 22

THE WORD

Scripture : 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Sermon: “Winning Others”
Preacher: Rev. Tom Hawkes

SONGS

Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne

Jesus Shall Reign
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Holy Is the Lord
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Come All Christians, Be Committed
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Go Labor On
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You Said (offertory)
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Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling (tune: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus)
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 Missions Moment
We have the humbling opportunity at Uptown to support many missionaries in many countries across the world. Our missions committee does a wonderful job of tracking with the work of all of our sponsored missionaries, and helping our community to stay informed and up-to-date on their circumstances and work. One of the ways we track with them is by asking them to give “Missions Moment” updates as a part of our worship service when they are in town. Liturgically, a Missions Moment serves public worship in the same way that a testimony does. It is a public witness to the transformative work of the gospel on lives and places. We should not think of it only as being “news” or “information;” rather we should think of witness in the judicial sense as “evidence” or “proof” of Christ’s work and reign over all.
Sunday, we will hear from Jeremiah von Kuhn who has been serving Christ in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa since January 2009. You may follow his work at http://jvonkuhn.wordpress.com/
New Member Installation
Sunday, we will install new members as an act of public worship. These new members have attended an Inquirer’s Class, applied for membership, and been examined by an Elder. The final step for membership is to publicly affirm five vows from the Book of Church Order. These vows are listed below, and it is good to be reminded of the vows which we who are members have affirmed in the past. Before that, however, here’s a brief passage from a PCA position paper which defends the institution of church membership.
“…the clear evidence of Scripture is that the church should keep a roll of members. The supreme model for our membership roll is the membership roll of heaven (Exodus 32:32,33; Daniel 12:1; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 13:8; 20:12,15). The Biblical pattern is for new believers to be “numbered” or “added to” the rolls of the local church (Acts 2:41,47; 6:7; 1 Timothy 5:9). Members could be taken away from the roll (1 Corinthians 5:2)- this indicates more than being physically barred, since even unbelievers could attend Christian worship (1 Corinthians 14:23) — or reinstated (2 Corinthians 2:6-7); it is impossible to have coherent discipline without such a roll. There was a widow’s roll for diaconal purposes (1 Timothy 5:9). Elders are to know their sheep, and are accountable for the care of the flock entrusted to them — this demands knowing who they are; that is, it demands a list or roll (Hebrews 13:7,17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:11- 14; I Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28). The apostolic church utilized letters of transfer or commendation (Acts 18:27; Romans 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:1; 8:23-24); examples of these letters include Philemon and 3 John. Interchurch business was conducted by people with reference letters (1 Corinthians 16:3; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24).”
PCA Membership Vows
Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except in His Sovereign mercy?
Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon Him alone for your salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?
Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
Do you promise to submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to pursue its peace and purity?

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