Sunday, 24th October 10.30 am Order of Service


WELCOME

SONG – Who’s the King of the jungle

Who’s the king of the jungle? Who who

Who’s the king of the sea? Ba ba ba ba ba ba

Who’s the king of the universe

The jungle and the sea

I’ll tell you: J-E-S-U-S yes

He’s the king of me

He’s the king of the universe

The jungle and the sea

PRAYER

Children’s Talk

What do young people know about the Bible?

BINOCULARS

See these? Pretty cool aren’t they? They’re called binoculars, and we use them to see things that are far away. For instance, if you are going bird-watching, you bring one of these along, so you can see the birds up close. If the bird is high up in a tree, you can look through these and see every detail of the bird. You can see its colour, what kind it is, and how it acts. Binoculars can be a very important tool for some people. You can be far away but still see things up close.

You know binoculars remind me that we need to look closely at the Bible. A lot of times we read the Bible just because we think we have to, or because we’re told to. We never stop and read a verse so we can find out what it means, or why God wrote it. The Bible is full of examples of how we should live. The stories in the Old Testament aren’t there to just teach us a history lesson, they are there to help us find out how to live with each other, and how to obey God in every situation. The New Testament is an amazing place to find God’s promises, and the message of the Gospel in the best news in the world.

With all these amazing chapters in the Bible, just think what we can learn if we looked a little bit closer, and spent a little bit more time reading and studying God’s Word. If we skim through the Bible, we won’t learn what God is trying to teach us. If you’re having a bad day, how can you discover a verse about joy without stopping to read God’s Word? You may be needing some advice on a relationship. But how can God speak to you if you don’t look closely and examine the examples God gave in the Bible? So remember these binoculars, and remember to take a closer look at the Bible.

Children’s Song. The best book to read is the Bible

The best book to read is the Bible

The best book to read is the Bible

If you read it every day

It will teach the heavenly way

Oh, the best book to read is the Bible

HYMN – I know not why God’s wondrous grace

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me He hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for His own.

But “I know Whom I have believed

And am persuaded that He is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith

To me He did impart,

Nor how believing in His word

Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,

Convincing men of sin,

Revealing Jesus through the Word,

Creating faith in Him.

I know not what of good or ill

May be reserved for me,

Of weary ways or golden days,

Before His face I see.

READING 2 Peter 2:10-16

10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, revelling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

SERMON Daring, Self-Willed, Adulterous

Here we discover what Peter thought about those who mishandle the word of God and pass themselves off as spiritual leaders; indeed, since the scriptures are God-breathed, this shows us how God views these deceivers.

BOLD AND ARROGANT

These people are not ignorant of what they are doing. They are not self-deceived and therefore to be pitied. A sincere preacher of God’s Word can be wrong. A true believer can be deceived for a time, but when someone comes along with the truth, because of the Holy Spirit in her, she will recognise her error and correct it.

But these are predators, they are deliberately deceptive and they can smell simple-minded gullible people like a wolf can detect a crippled rabbit from a quarter of a mile away.

Peter uses the words “bold and arrogant” to describe people.

Look at the amazing contrast Peter makes! They have this arrogant attitude that emboldens them to speak as though they had authority over spirits, yet he equates them with dumb animals who were put on earth to be hunted down and killed.

ADULTEROUS

In verse 14 when Peter says they have ‘eyes full of adultery’, that and the context of the previous verses indicate that he is referring to sexual immorality.

But the context of the following verses (15-16) tells us that he is also talking about spiritual adultery.

Look at the middle of verse 13. “Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight.”

When people commit lewd, evil acts they usually do them in the nighttime; in the darkness. That is because they know that those things are wrong and unacceptable and they want to hide them.

In His discussion with Nicodemus (Jn 3:19-20), Jesus said, “…this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

Yet these men Peter is describing have become so perverted and so far removed from reality in their minds that they can’t wait until night. They are perfectly content to revel in broad daylight. They think they can’t be touched. They can do what they want with impunity.

Not only so, but they seduce the unstable, which means they drag the spiritually immature down with them by their deceitful words, enticing them to join with them in their sensuality.

They shun sound doctrine, and openly ridicule at those who hold to and defend sound Biblical doctrine.

Peter uses Balaam as an example of those who ‘loved the wages of wickedness’.

What does that mean? Just what it says! They follow the path of wickedness for the very reason that it pays more!

Balak, king of Moab, saw the wandering Israelites as a military threat. So he hired Balaam, already known as a prophet for hire, to put a curse on them. “Have curse. Will travel”

Every time he tried to curse them though, he ended up blessing them because God was protecting His people. But that didn’t discourage the false prophet. He attempted numerous times to curse them for the sake of financial gain, until God finally spoke to him through the mouth of a donkey to get his attention. (Num 22)

This is spiritual adultery. Turning from the true God to unrighteousness.

THE DUTY OF THE CHRISTIAN

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Cor 13:5

Do you love sound Biblical doctrine? Do you search the scriptures and test the spirits of the teachers around you to be sure they are preaching truth?

We have to be sure of where we stand, and we have to be careful what we accept as Biblical wisdom from those in places of spiritual authority.

There will always be plenty of very plausible people who may be close to the truth, but who have fatal flaws in their beliefs and teaching. We need to be discerning. We need to stick close to the Bible and close to Jesus – and by so doing, we will be kept from great harm.

PRAYER

Hymn All to Jesus I surrender (Robin Mark)

All to Jesus, I surrender;

All to Thee I freely give;

I will ever love and trust You,

In Your presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all,

All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,

I surrender all.

All to Jesus, I surrender;

Lord, I give myself to Thee;

Fill me with Your love and power;

Let Your blessing fall on me.

-Repeat –

All to Jesus I surrender;

Now I feel the sacred flame.

O the joy of full salvation!

Glory, glory, to Your Name!

-Repeat 2Xs-

All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,

I surrender all.

Benediction

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