Our text is Acts 12:20-25.
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 printable activity pages and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: Kindness coloring page #1 , Kindness coloring page #2, and Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-3, 6-7
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand. (ESV)
Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Father, would you give to us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Graciously grant to us, O God, a mind to meditate on you, eyes to behold you, ears to listen for your Word, a heart to love you, and a life to proclaim you.
Even today, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. You have called us to be members of one body. Join us here at Faith Presbyterian Church with those who in all times and places have praised your name, that, with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In his name we pray. Amen.
Corporate Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:35-40
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)
Gracious God, we confess that we have often longed too much for the comforts of this world; that we have loved the gifts more than the Giver. In your mercy, help us to see that all the things for which we pine are shadows, but you are substance; that they are quicksand, but you are a secure foundation; that they are shifting, but you are an anchor. We ask your forgiveness for the totality of our sin as you define it based on the merits of Jesus Christ. Father, accept his worthiness for our unworthiness, his sinlessness for our transgressions, his fullness for our emptiness, his glory for our shame, his righteousness for our dead works, his death for our life. Transform us so that we may desire what is good, love what you love, and do what you command. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: : Isaiah 53:1-5
Hear the Good News!
1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. (ESV)
Through faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
Glory to God!
Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell1. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic2 church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
1Christ was under the power of death for a time; he incurred the full penalty for the sins of God’s people.
2Catholic is defined as God’s universal church.
Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness (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: Mathew 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)
God knows our heart. He sees our stewardship and generosity.
(Online giving is now available for your convenience. This link, https://www.faithpresarp.org/give/, will take you to the page that explains this process and includes a button which will redirect you to the secured giving platform.
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: A Word of Warning and Hope
I. Tyrants are nothing before a sovereign God
II. There is nothing for the church to fear
III. God accomplishes his purposes
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
1. What does it mean to be a self-exalter? How can we fight against the temptation to be one?
2. How does Herod’s death highlight the centrality of the glory of God?
3. How does this passage provide believers with hope?
4. Read Romans 8:31-39 in light of this passage.
Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
We are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.
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”
Spiritual fruit isn’t fruit from the grocery store – spiritual fruit is a specific character quality that God creates in us through his Spirit.
Last week we looked at the fruit of patience.
What if for no reason I gave you an apple? Would that be a kind thing to do? I think so!
I would like us to think about two things when it comes to kindness:
1. God has shown great kindness to us.
2. God wants us to show kindness to others.
KIND = Keep Increasing Nice Deeds (NESS = Never End Showing Specialness)