Sunday 21st November 10.30 am Communion Order of Service

WELCOME

SONG MP 64 Break Thou the Bread of Life

Break thou the bread of life,

O Lord, to me,

as thou didst break the loaves

beside the sea.

Beyond the sacred page

I seek thee Lord;

my spirit longs for thee,

O living Word!

Thou art the Bread of Life,

O Lord, to me,

thy holy word the truth

that saveth me;

give me to eat and live

with thee above;

teach me to love thy truth,

for thou art love.

O send thy Spirit Lord,

now unto me,

that he may touch my eyes,

and make me see;

show me the truth concealed

within thy word,

and in thy book revealed

I see the Lord.

Bless Thou the Bread of Life

to me, to me,

as thou didst bless the loaves

by Galilee;

then shall all bondage cease,

all fetters fall;

and I shall find my peace,

my all in all.

PRAYERS

READING 2 PETER 3: 1-7

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour through your apostles.

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

SERMON REMEMBER THE BASICS

After defining the characteristics of genuine believers in chapter one and the characteristics of false teachers in the second chapter, Peter turned his eyes upward and forward to the time when Christ would come again. He points us to God, for God is the One who is always to be trusted. He asks us to trust the revelation of God, His Holy Word.

So yet again we are encouraged to be unshakable in our acceptance of Scripture for it and its message will come under severe attack. Because of society’s moral climate its leaders will question the Bible and do their worst to cause believers to question it also. Jesus’ second coming calls for a godly lifestyle, therefore it particularly will be belittled. Believing in the Second Coming of Christ is basically a matter of faith in God and accepting Scriptures as His revelation.

I. PETER’S AIM, 1-2.

II. PETER’S ADMONITION, 3-4.

III. PETER’S AUTHENTICATION, 5-7.

I. PETERS AIM, 1-2.

This second letter, like his first, was written to stir up the believers’ soul and spirit. If they will take hold of God’s Word and let God’s Word take hold of them, Christ’s indwelling presence will stir them up. This stirring up occurs in those with a “sincere mind.”

What we know about God and His work ins found in the Bible.

So… God would have us concentrate our faith on the Scriptures which He has given us. All matters for Christian faith and practice are found in the holy Bible.

II. PETERS ADMONITION, 3-4.

Peter warns us about scoffers coming in the last days.

The great water shed that divides humankind in two groups is those who accept the revelation of this Book and those who reject it. In the last days there will be those who not only reject God’s Word, but will mock it.

Peter, John, Jude, and Paul all make reference to the increase of false teachers, warning the church with prophetic passion that they are not to be alarmed (1 John 2:18; Jude 18-19; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Do you remember the question put by our Lord, “When The Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?

People mock God’s Word so that they can believe what they want and do whatever they want.

People will be saying: “There is no Second Coming, we can live any way we want. God will never judge us.”

People can verbally deny the return of Christ but most simply deny it by they way they choose to live their life, as if His return and their accountability for how they have lived has no evident impact on how they live or what they do.

III. PETERS AUTHENTICATION, 5-7.

Peter backs this up by looking at ancient history. People persistently ignore an obvious fact. “they deliberately forget that long ago by Gods word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed”.

When the lives of these people mock God, they wilfully forget that God created everything that exists. Scoffers deny that God created the world in the beginning and deny that God will judge the world at its conclusion.

Creation was all due to the divine Word of God. God spoke and everything came into being.

God also intervened in human history to bring a flood over the whole world as part of His judgment of the world. It was the same Word of God which brought about the universe which also brought judgment on every living being.

Jesus Himself pointed to this incident which resulted from people’s behaviour then He linked it to His future return (Mt. 24:37-39; Lk. 17:26-30-37).

In other words, people should not rely on their false assumption that God has little or nothing to do with the world that He created. Instead, they must realise that by His Word He can create anything that He desires, and by His Word He can destroy anything that He has created.

And that very same WORD of God will undoubtedly bring a final judgment.

IN CLOSING

It may seem that God is remote, that He is not very involved in His creation. However, it would be a big mistake to arrive at this conclusion. Judgment day is as certain as day follows night. There was a beginning and there will be an end to all things as determined by the unchanging will of Almighty God. Therefore, people should not be casual about their ungodly behaviour. The righteousness of God demands righteousness from those who have been created in His image.

The argument is simple. If God would so completely destroy His own creation because of the sin of Noah’s day, then everyone should be assured that sin upon the earth in our day will not go unpunished forever.

Only those in Jesus Christ will escape this punishment. May we remember that “The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). As surely as there is salvation for the believer, there is terrible judgment for the scoffer, scorner, and ungodly.

And as we come to the Table of the Lord, we are reminded of the vast extent of God’s love and mercy which saves us from that ultimate judgment – that love which was demonstrated so wonderfully by Jesus’ death at Calvary.

HYMN MP 723 We come as guests invited

We come as guests invited
When Jesus bids us dine,
His friends on earth united
To share the bread and wine;
The bread of life is broken,
The wine is freely poured
For us, in solemn token
Of Christ, our dying Lord.

We eat and drink, receiving
From Christ the grace we need,
And in our hearts believing
On Him by faith we feed;
With wonder and thanksgiving
For love that knows no end,
We find in Jesus living
Our ever-present friend.

One Bread is ours for sharing,
One single fruitful Vine,
Our fellowship declaring
Renewed in bread and wine –
Renewed, sustained and given
By token, sign and word,
The pledge and seal of heaven,
The love of Christ our Lord.



COMMUNION

Hymn MP 759 When the trumpet of the Lord

1 When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

Refrain:
When the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

2 On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
and the glory of his resurrection share;
when his chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

3 Let us labour for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

Benediction

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