Our text is Acts 8:26-40.
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Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages, based on the I Am statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. This week’s lesson is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a printable coloring page and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: Coloring Page, Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 32:1-2, 11
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Father, we rejoice in your presence this morning. And we are overwhelmed with joy as we have gathered in your name. We are so grateful to be your people.
You are the only one worthy of praise, honor and glory. All authority is yours. You are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in your being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. You are the standard of perfection.
And Father, we’re here because you have called us to yourself and redeemed us. You have created us for worship, and given us eyes to see you, and new hearts that love you, and minds to understand who you are.
Father, we’re so grateful that we’re your sons and daughters because of what Jesus has done on our behalf.
Will you guide us through Holy Spirit to offer you worship that is pleasing in your sight, and prepare our hearts to confess our sins together as your law is read. Amen.
Corporate Scripture Reading: Luke 10:25-28
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
O Father, we are gathered before you, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, whose chosen dwelling place is with the broken and contrite, to confess that:
we have sinned in thought and word and deed;
we have not loved you with all our heart and soul,
we have not loved you with all our mind and strength;
we have not even loved our neighbor as ourselves.
In your mercy, deepen our sorrow for the wrong we have done and for the good we have left undone, so that we may hate our sin with a holy hatred. But, please Father, do not leave us in sorrow. With you, O Lord, there is forgiveness. In your mercy, restore the joy of our salvation; so that we may love you with a holy love. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This is one of the wonderful promises we have in the gospel. Glory be to God!
Affirmation of Faith: Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 18 What are God’s works of providence?
God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures; ordering them, and all their actions, to his own glory.
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I Am the Resurrection and the Life (Click here for a link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
Offertory: Romans 12:1-2
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: The Work of God (Click here to watch or to listen to the sermon)
I. God’s work in placing his workers
II. God’s work in preparing hearts
III. God’s work in providing teachers
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What are the means by which a Christian can discern how God is leading him/her today?
- Describe the prophecy the Ethiopian eunuch was reading. Where is it found – 8:32,33?
- What is the proper explanation for the meaning of this prophecy?
- What question did the eunuch ask Philip about the prophecy – 8:34?
- What did Philip preach about to the eunuch – 8:35?
Lesson 3: I Am the Light of the World
For the past several weeks, we have been learning about the seven I AM statements Jesus made, which are recorded in the book of John. Each time Jesus says “I AM,” he is saying that he is God. Each I AM statement also reveals to us a new part of Jesus’ character. It tells us a little more about who Jesus is. We have learned that he is the Bread of Life, and fills up all our spiritual needs. We also learned that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and he has the power over death, so we can live forever with him, and he has power over life, so we can be happy and do good things with him and for him.
John 8:12 and John 9:5
For the last few weeks we have been learning about the I Am sayings of Jesus recorded in the Bible in the book of John.
We have been learning about who Jesus says he is. When Jesus says, “I am,” he is saying that He is God.
A couple of weeks ago we learned that Jesus said, I AM the bread of life. For Easter last week we looked at Jesus saying, I AM the resurrection and the life.
Today we are going to look at another I AM saying of Jesus, which he says twice. In John 8:12 and also in John 9:5.
Jesus is saying he is the only one that can light up our lives, and lead us out of darkness.
The darkness that Jesus leads us out of – is the darkness of our own sin.
What I want you to know is that Jesus, the light of the world, takes us out of the darkness of our sins and into the light of NEW life in him.
Once, we were living in our own darkness, blindness and sin but Jesus wants us to love him and not walk in spiritual blindness and darkness anymore. Lord, help us to love Jesus and leave the darkness of our sin and make right choices and walk in the light of your word!
Scripture Passages: from the New International Version (NIV)
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”