Sunday, 2nd August 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN My hope is built on nothing less [HILLSONG]

1 My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

but wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

Christ alone, Cornerstone,

weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love.

Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all.

2 When darkness seems to hide his face

I rest on his unchanging grace;

in ev’ry high and stormy gale

my anchor holds within the veil,

my anchor holds within the veil.

Christ alone, Cornerstone,

weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love.

Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all.

He is Lord, Lord of all.

Christ alone, Cornerstone,

weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love.

Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all.

3 Then he shall come with trumpets sound,

oh, may I then in him be found;

dressed in his righteousness alone,

faultless, stand before the throne.

Christ alone, Cornerstone,

weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love.

Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all.

Christ alone, Cornerstone,

weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love.

Through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all.

PRAYER

READING MATTHEW 9:18-34

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.

Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

SERMON – Nothing can stop the Kingdom

Here is a man who cannot speak – he is also demon-possessed. Here are two other men – they are blind – is blindness the worst affliction? These men were in darkness.

Here is another situation. This is a woman – she has had an internal bleeding for 12 years – she is in great pain – here is a woman in desperate need.

And finally – here is a religious leader – his little girl was now at the door of death – and as the story unfolds, she does indeed die – all their great plans for their girl- DASHED…

Into each of these situation comes faith and Jesus.

Jairus, the leader of the synagogue, came and knelt at Jesus’ feet and begged Jesus to come to His dying or dead daughter – Jairus TRUSTED the great power of Jesus to do the impossible.

In the midst of all this, a woman came up and touched Jesus cloak. Now, this was NOT merely psychological – the power of her own faith. This was a real miracle – and real power left Jesus body – and He knew it – and so He speaks to the woman – and tells her that she is healed and He gives her His blessing.

Jesus proceeds to raise up the little girl from the dead – and then is met by two blind men.

Jesus has just shown Himself to be the Lord of LIFE – and now He shows Himself to be the Lord of LIGHT.

No sooner has He healed the blind than He meets with a man without the use of his tongue. Jesus dealt with the major problem first – namely, He drove a demon out of the man – then the man’s tongue was released – and we can guess what his first words would be !!

Jesus’ Kingdom is rolling on – and nothing seems to be able to it – neither internal diseases, nor external diseases – nor even death itself.

Jesus is the Prince of LIFE – and brings real life to all these people. And the people were amazed.

That doesn’t mean they gave their lives to Him – indeed some were very hostile! In verse 24 we read that some laughed at Him. In verse 34 Jesus was accused of being in the employment of the Devil.

Now, I think there is something of a pattern here – for we see NEW LIFE emerging in that little girl – and it is followed by NEW SIGHT – and then by A TONGUE RELEASED.

This is what Jesus can do for each one of you this evening.

He can give you His NEW LIFE – for He is the FOUNTAIN OF LIFE.

When Jesus comes into your heart and life He gives you NEW SIGHT. You begin to see all sorts of things in a completely different light – Jesus is the FOUNTAIN OF LIGHT.

And finally, when this NEW LIFE of Jesus enters your soul – He will also release YOUR TONGUE. You will want more than anything to use your tongue to PRAISE YOUR SAVIOUR

PRAYER

HYMN O for a thousand tongues to sing

1 O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and king,

The triumphs of his grace!

2 Jesus – the name that charms our fears,

That bids our sorrows cease;

‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,

‘Tis life, and health, and peace.

3 He breaks the power of cancelled sin,

He sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean,

His blood availed for me.

4 He speaks; and, listening to his voice,

New life the dead receive;

The mournful, broken hearts rejoice;

The humble poor believe.

5 Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;

And leap, ye lame, for joy!

6 My gracious Master and my God,

assist me to proclaim

and spread through all the earth abroad

the honours of your name.

Benediction

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