Our text is Acts 16:1-5.
Paul’s second missionary journey continues, as he makes his way towards Cilicia and then towards the city of his birth, Tarsus. Paul and Silas add a new gospel worker to the ministry team at Lystra, young Timothy. This team will begin to minister with a missions strategy of reaching out to Jew and Gentile alike, and the results will be the strengthening of the churches established on the first missionary journey and the church growing in numbers. Paul never compromises the true gospel, but Paul makes a cultural accommodation in circumcising Timothy. Timothy’s Jewish mother and Greek father and Timothy’s not being circumcised present stumbling blocks for Jewish evangelism. Paul and Timothy will be ministry partners until Paul’s death and together they will move from Asia to Europe with the gospel in order that they might “become all things to all people so that by all possible means,” they, “might save some.”
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. These messages will parallel the sermons from Acts to help guide the children through the concepts that are taught by Pastor Adams. Today’s message 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 children’s bulletin and printable coloring page to accompany this message: Children’s Bulletin and Respect Authority coloring page.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Jude 24-25
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (ESV)
Almighty God, this morning as we bow in your presence and offer our hearts to you, we give thanks not as we ought, but as we are able.
You are the standard of perfection—holy beyond all comprehension. And we praise you because you are worthy.
But Father, we also praise you this morning for the privilege of being your children.
We thank you that Jesus Christ has earned our righteousness for us.
And that by the instrument of faith we have been credited the righteousness you required in order for us to commune with you.
And we can stand before you clean and forgiven of all our sin.
By your sovereign power you are truly able to make us stand in your presence blameless, and with great joy.
Thank you, Father, that you loved us enough to send your only Son to give us this incomprehensible gift.So will you enable us by your Spirit to worship you this Lord’s Day in spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
The author of this hymn, Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901) penned a hymn with such vivid language that even children can understand its message at a basic level. Babcock was born in Syracuse, NY, was a graduate of Syracuse University and Auburn Theological Seminary. He served two congregations at Lockport, NY, and Baltimore, MD, before becoming pastor at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. He died just a few months short of his 42nd birthday in a hospital in Naples, Italy, following a trip to the Holy Land. Babcock was known both as a skilled amateur musician, playing the organ, piano and violin, and recognized as a university sportsman with achievements in swimming and baseball. While a pastor in Lockport, NY, near Lake Ontario, Babcock’s practice was to taking morning walks to the top of a hill north of town where he had a full view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding country. It was said that he had a frequent expression before leaving for these walks, “I’m going out to see my Father’s world.” His words strike a note with our very day: “that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”
Corporate Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:4-6
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (ESV)
Gracious Father, we confess that we often do not live up to the family name.
There are times when we are more ready to resent than to forgive,
more ready to manipulate than to serve,
more ready to fear than to love,
more ready to keep our distance than to welcome,
more ready to compete than to help.
At the root of this behavior is mistrust. We do not love one another as we should, because we do not believe that you love us as you do. Forgive us in our struggle to believe. And make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross.Show us what it cost you to give up your Son that we might become your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our righteousness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : 2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Through the instrument of faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Glory be to God!
Affirmation of Faith:
The Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counseling, commanding, using, and any wise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God himself; the making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever; all worshiping of it, or God in it or by it; the making of any representation of feigned deities, and all worship of them, or service belonging to them; all superstitious devices, corrupting the worship of God, adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves, or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity, custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretense whatsoever; simony; sacrilege; all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath appointed.; estranging ourselves, and apostatizing from God; praying, or giving any religious worship, to saints, angels, or any other creatures; all compacts and consulting with the devil, and hearkening to his suggestions; making men the lords of our faith and conscience; slighting and despising God and his commands; resisting and grieving of his Spirit, discontent and impatience at his dispensations, charging him foolishly for the evils he inflicts on us; and ascribing the praise of any good we either are, have, or can do, to fortune, idols, ourselves, or any other creature.
(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: Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
As God’s workmanship he grants us stewardship over all of the time, talents, abilities, and resources he has entrusted to us.
May we leverage our lives for his kingdom.
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In the month of August, our focus will be Psalm 1. In introducing this psalm, Charles Spurgeon wrote, “This Psalm may be regarded as THE PREFACE PSALM, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire Book. It is the psalmists’ desire to teach us the way to blessedness, and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners. This, then, is the matter of the first Psalm, which may be looked upon, in some respects, as the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon. May the Lord cleanse our hearts and our ways, that we may escape the doom of the ungodly, and enjoy the blessedness of the righteous!” from The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon, www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm.
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: The Gospel for All People, Part 1
I. Gospel Students
II. Gospel Strategies
III. Gospel Results
Based on Psalm 139, this hymn reminds us that the Lord already knows everything about us, nothing is hidden and yet in Christ we are loved and accepted. The words tell us that God is with us through every situation of life, even when people oppose us. Verse 14 of the Psalm says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. All that we are, we owe to God!
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What would motivate Paul to return to the place where he was stoned (Lystra)?
- What does it mean to be “well spoken of”? Is this something you desire? Why?
- What did Paul think about this and why – 15:38? Where can we read about this event?
- What things might you consider to be “adiaphora” or indifferent/a matter of conscience choice, not salvation?
- What can you pray for that our church, FPC, might be strengthened and the same for the whole church? Will you pray for this?
R-E-S-P-E-C-T – Do you show respect to other people? Do you speak well of others and do others speak well of you?
Respect is feeling that something or someone is valuable and worthy of appreciation and attention, respect shows that you CARE and THE OTHER PERSON FEELS IMPORTANT!
Respecting someone involves our feelings and words and actions.
In our sermon message in Acts 16, we read in verse 2 about a young man by the name of Timothy and the Bible says, “He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.”
People spoke well of Timothy because they respected him as a person and as an evangelist for the Gospel of Jesus!
The Bible says we are to respect and honor those in authority over us: parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders, pastors, elders
1 Peter 2:17 – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. (NIV)
Romans 13:7 – Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (ESV)
• Respect yourself as one who has been created and loved by God.
• Respect others. God created other people, so we respect God by respecting others.
• Respect God. We honor and respect God through worship, prayer, Bible reading, and giving thanks for who God is and for all he has done for us including sending Jesus to save us and forgive us of our sins.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T – GIVE RESPECT AND GET RESPECT