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PRELUDE – “Safe Retreat” by Kings Kaleidoscope

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – (1 John 1:5-7)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,

 that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Song –

Holy Is the Lord” by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

CONFESSION OF SIN – Deut. 30:1-3

“And when all these things come upon you,

the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you,

and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you,

and return to the Lord your God,

you and your children,

and obey his voice in all that I command you today,

with all your heart and with all your soul,

 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you,

and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON– 1 John 2:2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.

 But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

He is the propitiation for our sins,

and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Songs –

Not in Me” by David L. Ward and Eric Shumacher

“In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL– Psalm 1:2

(Kids Corner is available for children through 1st grade)

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (Read Together) Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator 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 to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to 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 catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING – Nahum 3:8-19

(please stand and respond with “Thanks be to God!”)

SERMON – “Are You Any Better”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady

“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by CityAlight

OFFERING

Song –

“Rejoice” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –“White Owls” by Josh Garrels

 

 

PRELUDE – “Safe Retreat” by Kings Kaleidoscope

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – (Nicene Creed)

For our sake [Christ] was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

Song –

Behold, Our God” by Jonathan, Meghan, and Ryan Baird and Mark Altrogge

CONFESSION OF SIN  – Isa. 6:1-5

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up;

and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face,

and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called,

and the house was filled with smoke.

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips,

and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;

for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

In light of the vision of God’s holy splendor it is only right for us reflect upon our sin and repent

[silent space to engage with God…]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Hear this assurance of pardon from Isaiah 6:6-7

Then one of the seraphim flew to me,

having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.

And he touched my mouth and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Songs –

To The Cross I Cling” by Isaac Wimberley, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleecker

Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle

 

PRAYER Please be seated

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – Psalm 1:1

(Kids Corner is available for children through 1st grade)

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers…

SCRIPTURE READING – Nahum 2:1-3:7

(please stand and respond with “Thanks be to God!”)

SERMON – “God against you”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart

Worthy is the Lamb” by Darlene Zschech

 

OFFERING

Song –

Lion and the Lambby Leeland

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE –“White Owls” by Josh Garrels

PRELUDE – “At the Cross” by Chris Tomlin

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Daniel 7:9-10

“As I looked, thrones were placed,

and the Ancient of Days took his seat;

his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool;

his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.

A stream of fire issued and came out from before him;

a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;

the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

 

Song –

 “No One Higher” by Heath Balltzglier, Seth Condrey, and Steve Fee

 

CONFESSION OF SIN – Matt. 2:16-18

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud lamentation,

Rachel weeping for her children;

she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

 Jan. 22. 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states. Since then churches across the states have set aside the third Sunday of the month as a day to commemorate the unborn lives lost due to this edict, and celebrate the Lord’s good gift of human life with the intent to preserve and protect all humanity through all stages of life.

In light of this, let us take some time to pray to our God, repenting for the sins of this nation and our implicit selfishness which turns our eyes away from those who need us most.

[silent space to engage with God…]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON  –

Here the prophetic words of comfort from Jeremiah 31:16-20

Thus says the Lord:

“Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears,

for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord,

and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

There is hope for your future, declares the Lord,

and your children shall come back to their own country.

I have heard Ephraim grieving,

‘You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf;

bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God.

For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh;

I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child?

For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still.

Therefore my heart yearns for him;

I will surely have mercy on him,

declares the Lord.

Songs –

Have Mercy on Me” by Dale Bischof and Pat Sczebel

Give us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

Confessional Reading —New Hampshire Confession

Read with me the last paragraph of our New Hampshire Confession of Faith

(Read Together)

XVIII. Of the World to Come.

[We believe] That the end of this world is approaching:

that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven,

and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution;

 that a solemn separation will then take place;

that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment,

and the righteous to endless joy;

and that the judgement will fix forever the final state of men in heaven and hell,

on principles of righteousness.

 

PRAYER Please be seated

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL  – Psalm 1:1

(Kids Corner is available for children through 1st grade)

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers…

 

SCRIPTURE READING – Nahum 1:1-15

(please stand and respond with “Thanks be to God!”)

SERMON – “The Good News of God’s Judgment”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry

Man of Sorrows” by Brooke Ligertwood, Matt Crocker

 

OFFERING

Song –

Take My Life and Let It Be” by Frances Ridley Havergal and Henri Abraham Cesar Malan

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Way Maker” by Leeland

IBC Sunday School – 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

Introduction

 

  1. Purpose of this study
    1. Three perspectives to approaching Scripture:
      1. Redemptive-historical / Christocentric: what has God done in history? How do God’s acts in history point towards and culminate in God’s ultimate revelation to us in the person of Christ?
      2. Ethical / exemplary: what should I do?
      3. Theological: what should I believe?
    2. Our study of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith (“1689 Confession,” also known as the “Second London Baptist Confession”) will be primarily theological.
      1. We will go through the 1689 Confession and explore its teaching chapter-by-chapter, paragraph-by-paragraph.
      2. The Confession summarizes the Biblical teaching on a wide range of topics, one topic at a time, allowing topics to mutually inform each other. Thus, by walking through the Confession in this way we will be engaging in systematic theology: making sense of all the Biblical data on individual topics.
        1. Sometimes the confession will be explicit about connections between doctrines. Other times, connections between doctrines are implicit. As much as we can, we will try to spell out these connections in our study.
      3. The theological perspective will have ethical and Christocentric implications. Right doctrine should lead to right living (Romans 12:1-2). As well, a systematic understanding of Biblical covenants will help us see the Christocentric nature of redemptive history.
  2. What is a confession of faith?
    1. Creed: short, concise statement of the essential truths of the Christian faith
      1. “Credo” means “I believe” in Latin.
      2. E.g. Nicene Creed (381), Chalcedonian Creed (451)
    2. Confession: longer, more extensive statement of Christian doctrine
      1. E.g. 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833)
    3. Creeds/confessions serve two purposes: define truth, isolate falsehood.
      1. Different groups throughout church history have issued creeds/confessions to define what they believe, in contrast to error.
    4. Biblical warrant for confessions
      1. The church is a “pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). It is an institution designed by God to preserve the truth, defend it against error, and pass it on to future generations.
      2. One way that the church has been able to carry out its duty is by publishing confessions of faith. This is in keeping with Paul’s instruction to Timothy to “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).
      3. Examples of creeds in Bible
        1. Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
        2. 1 Timothy 3:16 – “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”
  3. Practical uses and benefits of confessions
    1. Systematic and condensed theological reference
    2. Tool for discipleship
    3. Public standard to promote church unity and fellowship
    4. Public standard for church discipline
    5. Standard for evaluating elders
    6. Historical connection to Christians who have come before
  4. Historical background of the 1689 Confession
    1. The development of the 1689 Confession took place in the context of 17th century England. The Confession had three main influences.
    2. First London Baptist Confession of Faith (first ed. 1644, second ed. 1646)
      1. Published by seven Particular Baptist churches.
      2. The primary purpose of this confession was for the English Baptists to disavow any ties with the Anabaptists of Continental Europe and instead show that they shared the same basic theological perspectives as the Puritan churches around them.
      3. The Confession taught the doctrines of grace, believer’s baptism and congregationalism (among others), and repudiated the Anabaptist view of free will and of civil government.
    3. Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)
      1. Published by the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians called by Parliament to restructure the Church of England. The council was mostly comprised of Puritans of the Presbyterian persuasion.
      2. The Confession taught a Presbyterian view of church government, a Presbyterian state-church, and infant baptism, among others.
    4. Savoy Declaration (1658)
      1. Published by six Puritans of the Congregational persuasion (including John Owen).
      2. The Confession was a modest revision of the Westminster Confession. The revision rejected the Presbyterian form of church government and instead insisted on the independence of each local congregation. It also rejected the idea of a state-church and approached the idea of religious freedom.
    5. Second London Baptist Confession (published 1677, adopted 1689)
      1. Published in 1677 by elders William Collins and Nehemiah Coxe of the Petty France Church in London. Adopted by 100 Particular Baptist churches in 1689.
      2. The Confession combined extracts from the First London Baptist Confession, Westminster Confession, and Savoy Declaration. Of the 160 paragraphs in the Confession, 146 are derived from the Savoy Declaration (which often reflects Westminster), 8 are derived from the First London Confession, and 6 originated from elder Collins.
      3. The Confession adopted the Congregational view of church government and religious freedom. It rejected infant baptism in favor of believer’s baptism (with an Appendix explaining its reasoning), and also adopted a distinctive view of covenant theology.
  5. Significance of the 1689 Confession
    1. It stands in line with Christian orthodoxy
      1. In particular, it teaches the classical doctrine of God and Christology.
    2. It stands in line with the Reformation tradition
      1. It is in substantial agreement with the Westminster Confession and the Savoy Declaration, and upholds the doctrines of grace, the Reformed doctrine of Scripture, justification by faith alone, etc.
    3. It articulates Baptist distinctives
      1. In particular, believer’s baptism, covenant theology, and congregational church government
    4. It exerted a wide-ranging influence on (American) Baptist life
      1. The 1689 Confession “quickly became the standard of Calvinistic Baptist orthodoxy in England, North America, and today, in many parts of the world.”
  6. Overview/outline of the 1689
    1. Part 1: First Principles (chapters 1-6)
      1. Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures
      2. Chapter 2: Of God and the Holy Trinity
      3. God’s Decree
        1. Chapter 3: Of God’s Decree
        2. Chapter 4: Of Creation
        3. Chapter 5: Of Divine Providence
      4. Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the punishment thereof
    2. Part 2: God’s Covenant (chapters 7-20)
      1. Chapter 7: Of God’s Covenant
      2. Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator
      3. Setting of the Covenant
        1. Chapter 9: Of Free Will
      4. Blessings of the Covenant
        1. Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling
        2. Chapter 11: Of Justification
        3. Chapter 12: Of Adoption
        4. Chapter 13: Of Sanctification
      5. Graces of the Covenant
        1. Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith
        2. Chapter 15: Of Repentance unto Life and Salvation
        3. Chapter 16: Of Good Works
        4. Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints
        5. Chapter 18: Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation
      6. Means of the Covenant
        1. Chapter 19: Of the Law of God
        2. Chapter 20: Of the Gospel and the Extent of Grace thereof
    3. Part 3: Christian Liberty (or, God-centered Living – Freedom and Boundaries) (chapters 21-30)
      1. Chapter 21: Of Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience
      2. Religious Worship
        1. Chapter 22: Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day
        2. Chapter 23: Of Lawful Oaths and Vows
      3. Chapter 24: Of the Civil Magistrate
      4. Chapter 25: Of Marriage
      5. On the Church
        1. Chapter 26: Of the Church
        2. Chapter 27: Of the Communion of Saints
        3. Chapter 28: Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
        4. Chapter 29: Of Baptism
        5. Chapter 30: Of the Lord’s Supper
    4. Part 4: Last Things (chapters 31-32)
      1. Chapter 31: Of the State of Man after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead
      2. Chapter 32: Of the Last Judgment
  7. Concluding remarks and resources
    1. We commend the 1689 Confession to you as an accurate summary of Scriptural truths. But the Confession is a fallible human document and may be wrong. Ultimately, the teachings of the 1689 Confession should be tested against Scripture itself, which is our only infallible standard for all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience – the Confession even says as much.
      1. If you find yourself in disagreement with a teaching in the Confession, I would urge you to humbly examine the Confession’s teaching and any alternative teachings by the standard of Scripture. Do not dismiss the Confession’s teaching lightly – as the most influential Baptist confession ever written, it has the weight of history behind it.
    2. Resources
      1. Online
        1. Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA), https://www.arbca.com/1689-confession
        2. Founder’s Press, “The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in Modern English,” https://founders.org/library/1689-confession/
      2. Apps
        1. iOS: “Christian Creeds & Confessions,” https://apps.apple.com/us/app/christian-creeds-confessions/id359513722
        2. Android: “Creeds and Confessions,” https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.conglomo.confessions
      3. Books
        1. Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Welwyn Garden City: EP Books, 2016), 5th edition.

PRELUDE – “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Exodus 15:11, 21

Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously.

Song –

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 130:1-3

EVERYONE:

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!

O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 130:4-8

EVERYONE:

But with you there is forgiveness,

that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

LEADER:

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with him is plentiful redemption.

And he will redeem Israel

from all his iniquities.

Songs –

You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman

He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Habershon and Matthew Merker

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL – Psalm 1:1

SCRIPTURE READING – Micah 7:1-20

SERMON – “Who Is Like the Lord?”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

It Is Well with My Soul” by Horatio Gates Spafford and Philip Paul Bliss

Forever” by Brian Johnson, Christ Black Gifford, Gabriel Wilson, Jenn Johnson, Joel Taylor, and Kari Jobe

OFFERING

Song –

No One Higher” by Heath Balltzglier, Seth Condrey, and Steve Fee

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Steadfast” by Sandra McCracken

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PRELUDE – “Oh Our Lord” by Paul Baloche

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-9

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.

Song –

I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by Isaac Watts

CONFESSION OF SIN – Romans 1:18-21a

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven

against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,

who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

For what can be known about God is plain to them,

because God has shown it to them.

For his invisible attributes,

namely, his eternal power and divine nature,

have been clearly perceived,

ever since the creation of the world,

in the things that have been made.

So they are without excuse.

For although they knew God,

they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Psalm 145:8

The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Song –

All Creatures of Our God and King” by Jonathan Baird, Ryan Baird, St. Francis of Assisi, and William Henry Draper

PRAYER

CHILDREN’S BLESSING & DISMISSAL

Song –

How Firm a Foundation” by Unknown

SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 19:1-14

SERMON – “God’s Revelation”

THE LORD’S TABLE

Songs –

What Child Is This?” by Unknown and William Chatterton Dix

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts

OFFERING

Song –

All Glory Be to Christ” by Dustin Kensrue

BENEDICTION & ANNOUNCEMENTS

POSTLUDE – “Flourishing (Psalm 119)” by Sandra McCracken

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