Our text is Acts 14:19-28.
In our passage this morning, Paul and Barnabas have returned to their home church, from a 6 to 8- month mission trip to Cyprus and Turkey. And they give a mission report telling their sending church, 1) all the things God had done through them, 2) the fact that God had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles, and 3) how they continued to disciple the new believers.ore mixed responses and opposition.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. In this message series we are going to look at the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. 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 printable activity page and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: Self-control coloring page and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Hebrews 10:19-22
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (ESV)
Father God, we know that this is the day that you have made; we are told to rejoice and be glad in it. So we raise our voices and hearts to praise our great and loving Father. We praise you, O God, for your mighty deeds and noble majesty in saving us through your Son. Thank you for the convicting and comforting presence of Holy Spirit. Thank you, Father, for the promise that your Son gave to us when he said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”Our hearts join with all who cannot physically be with us in worship. We are united in faith and look joyously to the day when we are again all together as a church family. Gracious Heavenly Father, we worship in spirit and truth and offer to you our sacrifices of praise. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Daniel C. Roberts was born in Long Island, NY in 1841, and he served in the union army during the Civil War. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church as a priest in 1866 and ministered to several congregations in Vermont and Massachusetts. In 1878, he began a ministry at St. Paul Church in Concord, New Hampshire, that lasted for twenty-three years. Roberts once wrote, “I remain a country parson, known only within my small world,” but his hymn “God of Our Fathers” brought him widespread recognition. This hymn touches on themes like: God’s governance, creation and providence; pestilence and war; love and grace; God’s glory and our praise of the God of our fathers!
Corporate Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:15-24
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (ESV)
Gracious Father, we confess that we do not live up to the family name in the keeping of our marriage vows. We are often
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 our spouse as we should, because we do not believe that you love us as you do.
Forgive us our cold unbelief. And make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross. Help us understand what it cost you to give up your Son that we might live as your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus our righteousness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : Psalm 103:8-12
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (ESV)
Affirmation of Faith:
Westminster Confession of Faith: Chapter 30, Church Discipline
1. The Lord Jesus, as King and Head of his church, has appointed a government in it, to be administered by church officers, distinct from the civil authorities.
2. To these church officers he has committed the keys of the kingdom of heaven. For this reason they have authority to retain and to remit sins, to shut the kingdom against the unrepentant both by the Word and by censures, and to open it to repentant sinners by the ministry of the gospel and by releasing from censures, as the occasion requires.
Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control (Click here to 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: Matthew 6:2-4
2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)
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Born in London in 1725, John Newton led a most interesting life, from embarking upon a life of seafaring at a very young age to serving as a master of slave trading ships. His conversion story was as dramatic as his life, and his coming to Christ was a great witness and testimony to the world. He became an Anglican pastor, preacher, and writer. He met many other prominent evangelical contemporaries, including John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, and became a leading social reformer in the movement to abolish slavery. “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,” was first published in 1779. Zion, the city of God and the center of this hymn, has long been pictured as an important symbol of the strength and identity of God’s people. In verse 2, we see rich imagery coming from one of the most unique geographic features of Jerusalem, the life-giving water from the Gihon Spring, an intermittent spring that promised fresh water for ancient settlers of Jerusalem. The hymn concludes in verse 4, directing us to make sure we are a “saved by grace member” of God’s Holy City – for only there will Zion’s children find “solid joys and lasting treasure.”
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: Evangelism and Discipleship
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1808. Horatius Bonar had a lawyer for a father, and all three of the Bonar sons, John, Horatius and Andrew, entered the ministry of the Church of Scotland. Horatius was a man of boundless energy. When he was not preaching, he was writing hymns or tracts or books. His hymns number about 600, about 100 are in common use today. Horatius knew a great deal about suffering and affliction, his hymns show that truth – he lost five children in their early years and sadly, Horatius was greatly afflicted during the last two years of his life. He died in 1889. Horatius’ hymns are always pointing us to the finished work of Jesus. The truths in this hymn resonate with the assurance found in Romans 8 – “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What do Paul’s return visits teach about discipleship?
- What do Paul’s return visits teach about church planting?
- Why is it beneficial to have a plurality of pastors/elders in a local church?
- Take a moment to pray for some believers who are making the gospel known in difficult places. How else might you demonstrate support of missionaries today?
Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control
This is our last of the 9 fruits of the Spirit – self-control. Remember that each fruit of the Spirit is a specific character quality that God creates in us through his Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law”
Self-control is making sure your feelings, actions, thoughts and words are not sinful but pleasing to God.
Sometimes it is easy to let our feelings and emotions run wild. But that is usually when we lose control and do or think or say something bad.
Proverbs 25:28, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (ESV)
A city with no walls has NO protection. Having no self-control means no protection against temptation and sin.
So, when we are tempted to do or say something bad – if we have no self-control – the enemies of sin will overpower us: anger, pride, greed, hatred, selfishness, unkindness.
Like a city with no walls to protect it – our lives are invaded and become a mess of sin and fighting. We have no peace!
So, we have to have self-control and resist and fight against sin and the bad stuff we might think, or do or say!