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God’s Grace-Full Promise

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God’s Grace-Full Promise

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5b. ESV

 

God’s Grace-Full Promise

1 Peter 5:5–7 ESV

Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

Sunday, August 1, 2010

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Bulletin – Sunday, August 1, 2010

 

Prelude Jason Cates, Jennifer Rosanwo and Brandon Chism

Allegro from Divertimento No. 1 in Bb for Woodwind Ensemble (W. A. Mozart)

Welcome Donnita Travis

Invocation Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

“O Worship the King” Hymnal 104 (stanzas 1–4)

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Hymnal 11

“Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting”

“Wonderful, Merciful Savior”

Baby Dedication Rev. William Bertsche

Pastoral Prayer Rev. William Bertsche

Offertory Sarah Jackson, cello and Joshua Evanovich, piano

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (arr. Joshua Evanovich)

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Scripture Reading 1 Peter 5:1–7 (ESV) Sandy Long

So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, For “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

God’s Grace-Full Promise

1 Peter 5:5–7

Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

“Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” with “O Lord, You’re Beautiful”

 

Statement of Faith

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried…

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, God’s holy church, the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

(This statement of faith is adapted from The Apostles’ Creed )

Service of Communion

 

Music “There Is a Redeemer” (arr. Joshua Evanovich) Stephanie Bettig, Jason Cates, Brandon Chism, Joshua Evanovich, Sarah Jackson, Laura Lulusa and Jennifer Rosanwo

“Grace Greater than All Our Sin” Hymnal 344

Benediction Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108

Sunday Evening Gathering

TOGETHER – Celebrating Biblical Community

Jay Erikson

 


 

Pastor to People

This morning we once again have the privilege of coming to the “Lord’s Table,” otherwise known as Communion. Scripture is very clear that we are to examine ourselves before the Lord as we prepare to partake of the elements:

“ Let a person examine himself then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.” (1 Corinthians 9:28-29)

We also come to the table of Christ to remember His sacrifice on our behalf: the breaking of His body and the pouring out of His blood that we might be forgiven of our sins. Begin now to prepare yourself for this very significant time when we partake together.

With thanksgiving for Christ and you,

Hutz H. Hertzberg

Executive Pastor


Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 1, 2010

GOD’S GRACE-FULL PROMISE

1 Peter 5:5–7

Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

 

Humility

Grace

 

1 Peter 5:2-7 ESV  click
Shepherd the Flock of God

2(C) shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a](D) not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b](E) not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3not(F) domineering over those in your charge, but(G) being examples to the flock. 4And when(H) the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the(I) unfading(J) crown of glory. 5Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders.(K) Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for(L) “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

6(M) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7(N) casting all your anxieties on him, because(O) he cares for you.

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a prominent Christian grace (Rom. 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Pet. 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Ps. 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22). Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil. 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam. 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Prov. 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps. 147:6; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; 1 Pet. 5:5). It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”

2 Corinthians 9:8

The Cheerful Giver

 8And(N) God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[e] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

“Casting All Your Anxieties On Him, Because He Cares For You.”

1 Peter 5:7 ESV 

 


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Self-Deception ~ The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us ~ The Book of Malachi

The Prophet Malachi, was a Jewish prophet in the Hebrew Bible,  last of the minor prophets of David, writer of the Book of Malachi, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral).

The Prophet Malachi

The Prophet Malachi, was a Jewish prophet in the Hebrew Bible. He was the last of the minor prophets of David, and the writer of the Book of Malachi, the last book of the Christian edition Old Testament canon Book of Malachi. The Prophet Malachi, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral).

Self-Deception

“The people in Malachi’s day had turned away from God but were comfortable with their lifestyle. We, like they, can dishonor God in these six ways…..”

 

The Book of Remembrance

“Then those who feared the LORD….They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,….Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

Malachi 3:16…18 ESV

 

 

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The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click   

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bulletin – Pastor to People – Sermon Notes

 

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The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

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Bulletin – Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

Welcome Pastor Bob Gunter

Invocation Dr. Erwin Lutzer

“Join All the Glorious Names” Hymnal 132

 

Scripture Reading Psalm 1 (ESV click) Nicole Price

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;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

  and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water

  that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

  nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

  but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” Hymnal 581

“Blessed Be Your Name” (Beth & Matt Redman)

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Offering

 

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Presentation of New Members Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

 

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Job’s Confession and Repentance therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Scripture Reading Selections from Job 40 and 42 (ESV click)(Audio) Click Scripture Reading

 

Special Music Faith Wilson, solo

“Just as I Am” (David Phelps and Cindy Morgan)

 

Self-Deception

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”

Benediction Dr. Erwin Lutzer

 

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108

Sunday Evening Gathering

 

Together – Celebrating Biblical Community

Rev. Steve Mason

 


 

Pastor to People

         One of the challenges I face is to find time to read all the books I’d like to read! This summer I’ve begun Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (don’t you think it is time I read this classic???) and also a more recent book, The Grand Jihad by Andrew C. McCarthy who was involved in the prosecutions that followed 9/11. This latter book should be read by all Americans who care about the direction of our country and the continued existence of America as the nation we have come to know. Along with your Bible, take time to read at least one good book this summer!

         Although I will be absent for the next two Sundays, on August 15, I intend to speak on the topic Our Heart for the World.

Blessings

Pastor Lutzer

 

 


 

 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, July 25, 2010

 

SELF-DECEPTION click

The Danger of Believing in a God Who Always Agrees with Us

The Book of Malachi click

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

The people in Malachi’s day had turned away from God but were comfortable with their lifestyle. We, like they, can dishonor God in these six ways:

 

Malachi 1-3 ESV click

1.   By the doubts we entertain (1:2–5)

The LORD’s Love for Israel

2(A) “I have loved you,” says the LORD.(B) But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau(C) Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet(D) I have loved Jacob 3but Esau I have hated.(E) I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the LORD of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the LORD is angry forever.'” 5(F) Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the LORD beyond the border of Israel!”

 

 

2.   By the second-rate sacrifices we offer (1:6–2:9)

Malachi 1 ESV

The Priests’ Polluted Offerings

 

Malachi 2 ESV

The LORD Rebukes the Priests

 

 

3.   By the covenants we break (2:10–16)

Malachi 2 ESV

Judah Profaned the Covenant

 

 

4.   By the morals we adopt (2:17–3:5)

Malachi 2 – 3 ESV

The Messenger of the LORD

 

 

5.   By the little we give (3:6–12)

Malachi 3 ESV

Robbing God

 

 

6.   By the cynicism we spread to others (3:13–15)

13(CO) “Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD.(CP) But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14You have said,(CQ) ‘It is vain to serve God.(CR) What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15And now we call(CS) the arrogant blessed.(CT) Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.'”

 

Malachi 3:16-18 ESV

The Book of Remembrance

16Then those who feared the LORD(CU) spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and(CV) a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. 17“They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts,(CW) in the day when I make up(CX) my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18Then once more you shall(CY) see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

 

 

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 Jonah Sarcophagus

Jonah Sarcophagus,  photos were  made in Mainz, where a replica is displayed in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum.

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Jonah Goes to Nineveh

 

Jonah calling Nineveh to Repentance

 

“Yet Forty Days, and Nineveh shall be

Overthrown!”

Scripture: Jonah 3:1–10 Jonah 4:1–11 ESV

 

 


God of Love, God of Judgement?

Jonah calling Nineveh to Repentance. Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!  God of Love, God of Judgement. Jonah 4.1–11

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

 

Jonah calling Nineveh to Repentance

 

“Yet Forty Days, and Nineveh shall be

Overthrown!”

 

 

God of Love, God of Judgement?

Jonah 4.1–11 ESV

 

 

God of Love, God of Judgement?

Jonah 4:1–11

Michael Ramsden

 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bulletin – Pastor to People – Sermon Notes

 

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Bulletin – Sunday, July 18, 2010

Welcome Rev. Bill Bertsche

Ministry Focus Men’s Fraternity, MBI Men’s Conference and Small Groups

Invocation Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

 

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

“Great Is the Lord” Hymnal 140

“How Great Is Our God” (Tomlin, Cash, and Reeves)

“God of This City”

 

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

Offertory

 

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Scripture Reading Jonah 3:1–10 (ESV) Alene Dix

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”

Jonah 3.1–10 ESV. And he called out, Yet Forty Days, and Nineveh shall be Overthrown! So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh,

“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

 

God of Love, God of Judgement?

Jonah 4:1–11

Michael Ramsden

 

Song of Response

Benediction Dr. Hutz Hertzberg

Postlude

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108

Sunday Evening Gathering

 

TOGETHER

Celebrating Biblical Community

Scott Lilly

 


 

 

Pastor to People

       Today we are very pleased to welcome Michael Ramsden to The Moody Church. Mr. Ramsden serves as the European Director of the Zacharias Trust. He also serves as Co-Director of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, a very dynamic and strategic ministry in the heart of Oxford University. We greatly look forward to Michael’s message to us today.

         We rejoice that 70 of our students (4 th graders through high school) were able to attend summer camp at Lake Ann, Michigan this past week, and we thank God for all that He did in these young lives. They are the future of our church.

         Please be praying even now that God will powerfully meet us as together we humbly come into His presence this morning

With thanksgiving for our Gospel partnership,
Hutz H. Hertzberg
Executive Pastor

 


 

 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, July 18, 2010

 

GOD OF LOVE, GOD OF JUDGEMENT?

Jonah 4:1–11

Michael Ramsden

 

 

Jonah 4:1-11 ESV 
Jonah’s Anger and the LORD’s Compassion

 

1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[a] and(A) he was angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country?(B) That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a(C) gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3(D) Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me,(E) for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the LORD said,(F) “Do you do well to be angry?”

6 Now the LORD God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head,..Jonah 4.1-11 ESV 5Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and(G) made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6Now the LORD God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching(H) east wind,(I) and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he(J) was faint. And he asked that he might die and said,(K) “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9But God said to Jonah,(L) “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should not I pity(M) Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much(N) cattle?”

 

 

 

Notes:

 

 

Jonah Sarcophagus

Jonah Sarcophagus,  photos were  made in Mainz, where a replica is displayed in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum.2 Jonah Sarcophagus

This Christian sarcophagus was made in the third century and used to be in the Lateran Museum, but has been transferred to the Vatican. These photos were not made in Rome, however, but in Mainz, where a replica is displayed in the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum.
Although the scene left, to the top, represents Christ and Lazarus, the other scenes are from the Biblical book of Jonah.

  1. To the left, we see how the prophet pays the fare (Jonah 1.3)
  2. and is thrown into the sea (1.15).
  3. To the right, we can see how the big fish vomits out the prophet (2.10).
  4. Above the big fish, to the left, we see Jonah warning the Ninevites (3.4), and the Ninevites running to their king (3.5-6),
  5. and to the right, we can see the prophet sleeping in the shade of a plant (4.5).

 

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER

Today we are pleased to welcome Michael Ramsden, who has served as European Director of the Zacharias Trust since its foundation in 1997. He is also joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and Lecturer in Christian Apologetics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellor’s department investing funds. While doing research at Sheffield University, he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar on Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg. Michael speaks to a wide variety of audiences worldwide and is involved in a number of initiatives to equip and train emerging leaders and evangelists throughout Europe. He has contributed to the books Preach the Word! and Beyond Opinion. He is married to Anne and they live in Oxford with their three children.

 


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