Jan 30, 2022
He who calls you is faithful; He
will surely do it.
—1 Thessalonians 5:24
This morning, the Scriptures we read and the psalms and hymns we sing point us to the reliability of God’s promises— we can trust that He is faithful to do what He says. The service opens with a Call to Worship from Psalm 111 that declares, “The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy.” Because of this faithfulness, we can “raise our Ebenezer,” remembering all that He has done for us. We read from Hebrews that “He who promised is faithful,” and we sing “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word.” In the sermon text, Paul reminds us that “all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus],” even in the face of change or uncertainty. We respond from Psalm 9 that we will “trust in the Word of truth.” We are assured that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,” and respond with a verse of Sweet Hour Of Prayer, singing to “Him whose truth and faithfulness engage the wanting soul to bless.” During Communion, we are comforted that “God never yet forsook in need the soul that trusted Him indeed.” The service closes with the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness, sending us out into the world with a reminder that His compassions do not fail, and that He will provide all we need—strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow. —Henry C. Haffner
Key Words: Boast, Yes, No, Faithful, Establishes, Witness, Testimony, Grace, Understand
Keystone Verse: For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
2 Corinthians 1:12-24
12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— 14 just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. 15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 23 But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.