Sunday, 6th September 6.00 pm Order of Service

WELCOME

HYMN The King of love is my delight (Townend)

1 The King of love is my delight,

His eyes are fire, His face is light,

The First and Last, the Living One,

His name is Jesus.

And from His mouth there comes a sound

That shakes the earth and splits the ground,

And yet this voice is life to me,

The voice of Jesus.

And I will sing my songs of love,

Calling out across the earth;

The King has come,

The King of love has come.

And troubled minds can know His peace,

Captive hearts can be released;

The King has come,

The King of love has come.

2 My Lover’s breath is sweetest wine,

I am His prize, and He is mine;

How can a sinner know such joy?

Because of Jesus.

The wounds of love are in His hands,

The price is paid for sinful man;

Accepted child, forgiven son,

Because of Jesus.

Refrain

And my desire is to have You near;

Lord, You know that You are welcome here.

Before such love, before such grace

I will let the walls come down.

PRAYER

READING MATTHEW 11:1-19

19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skilful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

SERMON – Questions

Do you ever have doubts or questions about the Christian faith? Does that worry you? Well, God is big enough to take all your questions – and He can help you with all of them.

John The Baptist’s big Question

The man who seems to be in the centre of things in the first half of Matthew 11 is John the Baptist – and he has been taken to prison.

And as he sits there in his dungeon, away from the world, he begins to ask questions – in fact he asks THE BIG Question in verse 3. He wonders whether or not Jesus really is God’s Messiah – God’s Son. And he even asked his disciples to go and ask Jesus if He was indeed God’s main man!

Was Jesus shocked by this question from the Baptist? The very man who had heralded the start of Jesus’ Ministry?

Well, Jesus doesn’t seem to be overly ruffled by the question – neither does He answer it with words. Instead, He simply invites John’s friends to LOOK and SEE what is going on all around them. The signs that Jesus was GOD were all around – people being cured – the poor having the Good News preached to them. If those men had eyes to see, they would know that Jesus was God’s man alright.

What about YOU? Have you the honesty to take a fresh LOOK at Jesus in the Bible and see what He does and says? Do you have all sorts of questions? Well, do you come to Jesus in the Bible with all your questions? Or do you simply harbour all those problems in your own heart? QUESTIONS ARE NOT SINFUL – so bring them to God as you humbly study His Word and you will find answers!

Jesus Praises John the Baptist

In verses 7-15 Jesus actually praises John in the highest way possible – and the pinnacle is in verse 11 where Jesus says the John was the greatest man ever to have lived. It is o.k. to have questions – IF we take them straight to God.

Vs 11 – yet he who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Yes, every Christian is GREATER than John the Baptist. WHY? Very simple – John was going to die very soon – he would never see Jesus dying on the Cross to save him – He lived in that great hope – but he would never actually witness it – BUT EVERY CHRISTIAN is a living witness to the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead. No prophet or King in the O.T. had the privilege which can be ours!

Why Do People Reject This Jesus?

The last few verses simply relate that many people rejected John and Jesus – and they tell us WHY. If we have such great news in the Church, does it not strike you as strange that there are not more people come to Church in Scotland?

If we have news of eternal life for everyone, then why are people not flocking to receive it? Well, Jesus looked at two groups of kids playing and he said – look at them – they are both playing different games – and neither group wants to join the other one’s game – typical! Just like kids eh? Well, we’re all like that – basically we are selfish and want to do what WE WANT – not what God may tell us.

We all may want to get to heaven, but we’re not going to do it God’s way – we want to try to find our own way there! And, just like kids we’ll be looking for new games to play all the time – we’ll not be satisfied with the age-old way that God has given us in Jesus.

But let’s remember what we looked at first – Jesus IS IN FACT God’s One and Only Son – and He says that HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN. If you don’t believe me, then READ THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF AND SEE.

PRAYER

Hymn. It is well with my soul. (Townend)

1 Now when peace like a river attendeth my soul,

and when sorrows like sea billows roll,

then whatever my lot, you have taught me to say,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul when the storms of winter blow,

and the cares of this world take their toll.

In the heat of the day there is grace enough to say,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 And when Satan should tempt me, and trials should come,

let this blessèd assurance control,

for he sees every weakness and knows every fear,

and has shed his own blood for my soul.

Chorus

It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Benediction

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