Sunday, 31st May 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN [296 Aurelia] O Jesus, Thou art standing

1O Jesus, Thou art standing

Outside the fast-closed door,

In lowly patience waiting

To pass the threshold o’er.

Shame on us, Christian brothers,

His name and sign who bear,

O shame, thrice shame upon us,

To keep Him standing there!

2O Jesus, Thou art knocking;

And lo, that hand is scarred,

And thorns Thy brow encircle,

And tears Thy face have marred.

O love that passeth knowledge,

So patiently to wait!

O sin that hath no equal,

So fast to bar the gate!

3O Jesus, Thou art pleading

In accents meek and low,

I died for you, My children,

And will ye treat Me so?

O Lord, with shame and sorrow

We open now the door;

Dear Saviour, enter, enter,

And leave us nevermore.

PRAYER

READINGMATTHEW 7:7-14

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

SERMONENTRY TO THE KINGDOM

I want to take you this morning down a couple of avenues. Each of the avenues has a gate at the end of it and so you must choose which avenue you wish to go down – choose which gate you will enter.

THE FIRST avenue is very attractive indeed. Over the entrance is written : ALL WELCOME – no entrance fee – no strings – come and enjoy everything to your hearts desire. The gate is very broad – it needs to be – for there are hordes of people entering that gate with you.

But there is one fatal drawback in this road. This lovely broad avenue has a terrible destination – Jesus calls it “DESTRUCTION”.

Let’s look at the OTHER avenue then;

It’s gate is very narrow. We look at it and imagine that we could NEVER get through it – it is SO narrow – and our lifestyles are SO BROAD. There are two gateposts-one called Repentance & the other Confession.

There are certainly difficulties on this pathway that were not encountered on the broad avenue – but somehow there is always someone here to help us.

In Jeremiah we read : This is what the Lord says : SEE I am setting before you the way of life & the way of death. DEUT: 30:15,19 SEE I set before you LIFE & PROSPERITY, Death & Destruction …. I have set before you life and death NOW CHOOSE LIFE.

JOSHUA 24:15 CHOOSE for yourselves this day whom you will serve…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

SO FRIENDS _ IT’S MAKE YOUR MIND UP TIME !

Jesus says ” I am the Gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out & find pasture. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus says to us “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door“.

In verses 7-12 Jesus makes it easy to understand.

Firstly we ask – very simple – and for some folks it involves just that – some could do it this evening. Some will need to SEEK – go looking for God. Others may have to go further and KNOCK on His door.

PRAYER

HYMN. 2015 I need Thee every hour

1I need Thee every hour,

most gracious Lord:

no tender voice like Thine

can peace afford.

I need Thee, O I need Thee!

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Saviour!

I come to Thee.

2I need Thee every hour,

stay Thou near by;

temptations lose their power

when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee, O I need Thee!

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Saviour!

I come to Thee.

3I need Thee every hour,

in joy or pain;

come quickly and abide,

or life is vain.

I need Thee, O I need Thee!

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Saviour!

I come to Thee.

4I need Thee every hour,

teach me Thy will;

and Thy rich promises

in me fulfil.

I need Thee, O I need Thee!

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Saviour!

I come to Thee.

5I need thee every hour,

most Holy One;

O make me Thine indeed.

Thou blessed Son!

I need Thee, O I need Thee!

every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Saviour!

I come to Thee.

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