You are saved by works. But not yours. Jesus did more than die for you. He lived for you. Salvation is not merely the forgive ness of sins. It is the gift of righteous ness, received by faith.
JESUS, WHAT A FRIEND FOR SINNERS HYFRYDOL
Jesus! What a Friend for sinners! Jesus! Lover of my soul; Friends may fail me, foes assail me, He, my Savior, makes me whole. Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end. Jesus! I do now receive Him, More than all in Him I find. He hath granted me forgiveness, I am His, and He is mine. Hallelujah! what a Savior! Hallelujah! what a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end.
We receive what He deserves — rewards for His good works — given as a gift. And He received what we deserve because of our deeds — punish ment. God works to save you. He gives you the fruit of His labor by grace. You receive this through faith. This Good News is the focus of the Scriptures. You do nothing. God works. And His works are very good. Your good works are done in re sponse to salvation. Justification by grace through faith does not mean good works are bad, but puts them in their proper role. We live according to God’s will out of thankfulness to His love.
My heart is filled with thankfulness To him who reigns above,
OFFERTORY PRAYER OFFERTORY
JESUS PAID IT ALL • ORCHESTRA
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE MY HEART IS FILLED WITH THANKFULNESS
My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who bore my pain; Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace And gave me life again; Who crushed my curse of sinfulness And clothed me in His light And wrote His law of righteousness With pow’r upon my heart. My heart is filled with thankfulness To Him who walks beside; Who floods my weaknesses with strength And causes fears to fly; Whose ev’ry promise is enough For ev’ry step I take, Sustaining me with arms of love And crowning me with grace. My heart is filled with thankfulness To him who reigns above, Whose wisdom is my perfect peace, Whose ev’ry thought is love. For ev’ry day I have on earth Is given by the King; So I will give my life, my all, To love and follow him.
CONGREGATIONAL GREETINGS THE MORNING SERMON
CONRAD “BUSTER” BROWN, SENIOR PASTOR
REFORMATION 500 2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a church building in Wittenberg, Germany. While not seeking to separate from the Roman Catholic church, he called for substantive and specific changes in her practices and theology. Luther was joined by many other Reformers whose teachings were eventually summarized in what we call the Five Solas, “sola” being a Latin word meaning “alone” or “only.” Sola Scriptura: Scripture alone Solus Christus: Christ alone Sola Fide: faith alone Sola Gratia: grace alone Soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone These phrases carry such weight because they keep us from our sinful tendency to base our justification before God on something other than what God has done for us in Christ and revealed to us in his Word. The Five Solas Our final authority is Scripture alone, not amended or added to by tradition, opinion, or church councils. The basis of our forgiveness before God is Christ alone, not saints, Mary, angels, or any other being. In his substitutionary sacrifice on the cross Jesus completely bore God’s righteous wrath against us. His payment was full, final, and effective. Our justification before God is by faith alone. God declares us righteous in his eyes not because he sees righteousness in us but because we fully rest and trust in the work of Christ on the cross to pay for our sins and because we receive his perfect righteousness as a gift. We are justified by grace alone, through God’s kind, gracious, and free initiative. He gives us what we don’t deserve and could never earn: forgiveness, transformation into Christ’s image, and adoption into his family. All of this is accomplished for God’s glory alone. For eternity, praises will redound to the God whose wisdom, power, and love ordained that he would have a people from every tribe, language, and nation to share in his Triune joy forever.
CHURCH-WIDE COMBINED WORSHIP CELEBRATION
GOD STILL LOVES YOU! 500 years ... Still proclaiming salvation.
October 29 • 6 pm
A worship time centering around the 5 Solas of the reformation led by our ECBC Choir, Orchestra and Worship Band
By grace alone. By faith alone.
Church-Wide Fellowship Following!
Through Christ alone. By Scripture alone.
ASK YE WHAT GREAT THING I KNOW
This is that great thing I know; This delights and stirs me so: Faith in Him who died to save, Him who triumphed o’er the grave, Jesus Christ, the Crucified.
THE TRUTH HASN’T CHANGED
CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Ask ye what great thing I know That delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the Crucified.
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YOU ARE SAVED BY WORKS
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
The Church in Corporate Worship
OCTOBER 22, 2017
Please use the following prayer to prepare your hearts for worship:
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation as Martin Luther nailed a list of grievances against the Catholic Church onto the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany in October, 1517.
ALL POWERFUL AND SAVING GOD, You, who are are Savior are God of light and truth. You are beyond our grasp or conceiving.
Our services in October will center around the themes the Reformation brought to the forefront of the church that mark who we are and how we worship.
Before the brightness of your presence the angels veil their faces. With lowly rever ence and adoring love we acclaim your glory and sing your praise, for you have shown us your truth and love in Jesus Christ, our Savior. We sing of your power and give you praise this day from thankful hearts. Thank You for being a friend of sinners, and lover of our souls. Amen.
We will conclude with a church-wide worship celebration and fellowship, REFORMATION 500, next Sunday evening at 6 pm.
THOUGHTS FOR WORSHIP PREPARATION The Gospel is news of what God has done to reach us, not advice about what we must do to reach God. - Timothy Keller And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. - Ephesians 2:17-22 ESV We are not Christians because of our goodness, or even our capacity for arriving at correct beliefs. We are Christians because we are a mess, and God is gracious. - Jared Ayers This is the picture of Jesus in the gospel. He is something — someone — worth losing everything for. And if we walk away from the Jesus of the gospel, we walk away from eternal riches. The cost of nondiscipleship is profoundly greater for us than the cost of discipleship. For when we abandon the trinkets of this world and respond to the radical invitation of Jesus, we discover the infinite treasure of knowing and experiencing him. - David Platt Not until the law has bruised and smitten us will we admit our need of the gospel to bind up our wounds. Not until the law has arrested and imprisoned us will we pine for Christ to set us free. Not until the law has condemned and killed us will we call upon Christ for justification and life. Not until the law has driven us to despair of ourselves will we ever believe in Jesus. Not until the law has humbled us even to hell will we turn to the gospel to raise us to heaven. - John Stott Our God saves! There is hope in Your name! Mourning turns to songs of praise! our God saves! - Paul Baloche
Written by Robert Robinson, [Born: September 27, 1735, Swaffham, Norfolk, England. Died: June 8, 1790, Showell Green, Warwickshire,
ALL PRAISE TO CHRIST
PRELUDE MORNING WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS VIDEO
CALL TO WORSHIP
COME THOU FOUNT • ECBC CHOIR Come, Thou Fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace Streams of mercy, never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above Praise His name, I’m fixed upon it Name of God’s redeeming love
Robinson’s widowed mother sent him at age 14 to London, to learn the trade of barber and hair dresser. However, his master found he enjoyed reading more than work.
Hither to Thy love has blest me Thou hast bro’t me to this place And I know Thy hand will bring me Safely hom by His good grace Jesus sought me when a stranger Wandering from the fold of God He, to rescue me from danger Bought me with His precious blood Come Thou Fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Converted to Christ at age 17, Robinson became a Methodist minister. He later moved to the Baptist church and pastored in Cam bridge, England. He wrote a number of hymns, as well as books on the subject of theology. His later life was ev idently not an easy one, judging from a well known story about this hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” One day, he en countered a woman who was studying a hymnal, and she asked how he liked the hymn she was humming. In tears, he replied, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy man who wrote that hymn many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds, if I had them, to enjoy the feelings I had then.” Often our faith is strong. Often weak. But it is not God or the Gospel that has changed -- It is the solid rock upon which we can anchor our “prone to wander” soul...
PLEASE STAND AND JOIN IN SINGING AS DIRECTED: Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be Let that goodness like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above
ALL PRAISE TO CHRIST IPSI GLORIA
This hymn is from the “Hymns for a Modern Refor mation” collection produced by Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. It is a poem by James Boice is based on the dox ology of Revelation 1:5-7: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” Here we acknowl edge divine love, and liberating atonement, and coming judgment. “All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore. Amen.”
OUR GOD SAVES PAUL BALOCHE
In the name of the Father, in the name of the Son In the name of the Spirit, Lord, we come We’re gathered together to lift up Your Name To call on our Savior to fall on Your grace Hear the joyful sound of our offering As Your saints bow down, as Your people sing We will rise with You, lifted on Your wings And the world will see that Our God saves, our God saves There is hope in Your name Our God saves, our God saves There is hope in Your name Mourning turns to songs of praise Our God saves, our God saves
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH FROM ISAIAH 35
LEADER: Be strong, and do not fear! Your God will come to save you. CONGREGATION: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf be unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. LEADER: Then will the wilderness rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice and shout for joy. CONGREGATION: And we, the ransomed of the Lord, will enter with singing. Everlasting joy will crown our heads. LEADER: Open your eyes and see now the glory of the Lord, and the splendor of our God. CONGREGATION: All praise to Christ from grateful men forevermore! Amen!
ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME CORONATION