First Presbyterian Church of Villa Rica
Order for the Worship of God
SUNDAY, June 27th, 2021, 11 AM
At Church and Online
(Live Stream and Online Bulletin)
8:30 AM Worship Service Cancelled UFN
9:30 AM Gathering Grounds Cancelled UFN (In Fellowship Hall —coffee, donuts)
Nursery 10 AM to 12 PM
10 AM Sunday School for all ages
11 AM Worship Services
COVID protocols are no longer required, however please respect physical distancing for anyone who chooses to wear a mask.
GATHERING OF GOD’S PEOPLE
“Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.” – Deuteronomy 4:10
(As we prepare our hearts for worship let us quiet our hearts and our cell phones.)
Sermon: “The Continual and Irreconcilable War…
The Coming Victory“
Bulletin/Order of Worship
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
(All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version, ESV, unless otherwise noted.)
Worship through Hymn of Thanksgiving
“There Is No Name So Sweet on Earth” (178)
There is no name so sweet on earth,
no name so sweet in heaven,
the name before his wondrous birth
to Christ the Savior given.
We love to sing around our King,
and hail him blessed Jesus;
for there’s no word ear ever heard
so dear, so sweet as “Jesus.”
And when he hung upon the tree,
they wrote this name above him;
that all might see the reason we
forevermore must love him.
So now, upon his Father’s throne,
almighty to release us
from sin and pains, he gladly reigns,
the Prince and Savior Jesus.
To Jesus ev’ry knee shall bow,
and ev’ry tongue confess him,
and we unite with saints in light,
our only Lord to bless him.
O Jesus, by that matchless name,
your grace shall fail us never;
today as yesterday the same,
you art the same forever.
Worship through Confession of Faith Reading
Lord’s Day 32
Q & A 86
- Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?
- Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, is also restoring us by his Spirit into his image, so that with our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ.
Q & A 87
- Can those be saved who do not turn to God from their ungrateful and unrepentant ways?
- By no means. Scripture tells us that no unchaste person, no idolater, adulterer, thief, no covetous person, no drunkard, slanderer, robber, or the like will inherit the kingdom of God.
Lord’s Day 33
Q & A 88
- What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?
- Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.
Q & A 89
- What is the dying-away of the old self?
- To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.
Q & A 90
- What is the rising-to-life of the new self?
- Wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.
Q & A 91
- What are good works?
- Only those which are done out of true faith, conform to God’s law, and are done for God’s glory; and not those based on our own opinion or human tradition.
Worship Through Songs of Praise:
“Be Unto Your Name“
We are a moment You are forever
Lord of the ages God before time
We are a vapor You are eternal
Love everlasting reigning on high
Holy holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name
We are the broken You are the healer
Jesus Redeemer mighty to save
You are the love song we’ll sing forever
Bowing before You blessing Your name
Be unto Your name
“I Love You Lord“
I love You Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
O my soul rejoice
Take joy my King
In what You hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound
In Your ear
WORSHIP THROUGH TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Children Released to Children’s Church
Worship through Exposition of God’s Word: Reverend Thomas Myers
Sermon: “The Continual and Irreconcilable War…The Coming Victory“
Reverend Thomas Myers
The Law and Sin
7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11 For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Worship through Hymn of Commitment:
146. “Break Thou the Bread of Life”
Break thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
as thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
throughout the sacred page I seek thee, Lord,
my spirit pants for thee, O living Word.
Bless thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
as thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
and I shall find my peace, my All in all.
Thou art the Bread of Life, O Lord, to me,
thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;
give me to eat and live with thee above;
teach me to love thy truth, for thou art love.
O send thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
that he may touch mine eyes, and make me see:
show me the truth concealed within thy Word,
and in thy Book revealed I see the Lord.
Doxology: Hymn #731
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’ly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
THIS WEEK AND UPCOMING EVENTS
GATHERING GROUNDS (Cancelled UFA)
Please join us in the fellowship hall Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 am for coffee and donuts.
Today, following the service, there will be a potluck lunch following the service for a time of fellowship with old and new friends.
SMALL GROUPS TODAY:
Whittle/Dickinson Group: No meeting today.
Mitchell/Forlaw Group: Please check email or see Ron Mitchell or Michael Forlaw for today’s meeting information.
Calling all Olympians! Join us as we go the distance with Joshua, the great champion of the Bible who points us to Jesus!
July 11-15 from 6-8 pm
Registration Forms on Back Table in Sanctuary
Please complete the prayer request form in the right margin of this page, or if on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the form. There are also index cards next to the bulletins on the tables in the back. Pastor Tom would like to know how he can pray for you. You may enter your request in the form on this page, put them in the offering box, or hand them to Pastor Tom.
(Please Stand As Able)
HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATIONS
Wednesdays at 7 PM, Watch for an email with the link or call the church office for info.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays at 10am, PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY
There will be summer Precept Study on Esther. Its a 4 week class and would have classes on July 7, July 22 (which is a Thursday) August 11 and August 18. Classes are from 10-12:30, if you stay to watch video.
We will discuss lesson 1 on July 7, so books need to be ordered this week. If anyone interested please text or call Debby Morgan.
Kingdom Outreach: See our Missions and Outreach Page
What is Happening this Week, this Month? Visit our This Week page.
A YEAR IN TABLETALK
You are invited to join us in reading through Tabletalk devotions for the year of 2021. January’s edition will be available by the offering box in the Sanctuary. You can purchase a subscription by calling 1-800-435-4343 or by visiting the Table Talk website. You can also begin a free subscription through the website.
Continue to pray and encourage one another.1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Secondary Resources for Further Study
(The Bible itself being the only Living, Infallible, Sufficient, and Authoritative rule of faith and practice.)
Chapter 13 – Of Sanctification.
Section 1.) They, who are once effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Section 2.) This sanctification is throughout in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part: whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.
Section 3.) In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome; and so, the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Lord’s Day 44
Q & A 113
- What is the aim of the tenth commandment?
- That not even the slightest desire or thought contrary to any one of God’s commandments should ever arise in our hearts. Rather, with all our hearts we should always hate sin and take pleasure in whatever is right.
Q & A 114
- But can those converted to God obey these commandments perfectly?
In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience. Nevertheless, with all seriousness of purpose, they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.
Q & A 115
- Since no one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly, why does God want them preached so pointedly?
- First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.
Second, so that we may never stop striving, and never stop praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.
CHAPTER XIX of the Westminster Confession of Faith in Modern English
Of the Law of God
1. God gave Adam a law, in the form of a covenant of works, by which he bound him and all his descendants to
personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience. He promised life if Adam kept the law and threatened death if
he broke it. Moreover, he endowed Adam with power and ability to keep that law.
2. This law, after Adam fell, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness and, as such, was given by God
upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments written on two stone tablets. The first four commandments contain
our duty to God, and the other six our duty to man.
3. In addition to this law, commonly called the moral law, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel- as the
church under age- ceremonial laws, which contained several typological ordinances.These ordinances consisted
partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits, and partly presenting various
instructions of moral duties. All of these ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New Testament.
4. To the people of Israel, as a civil entity, he also gave various judicial laws which expired at the time their
State expired. Therefore, these judicial laws place no obligation upon anyone now, except as they embody
general principles of justice.
5. The moral law binds all people at all times to obedience, both those who are justified and those who are not.
The obligation to obey the moral law is not only because of its content, but also because of the authority of God
the Creator, who gave it. In the Gospel, Christ in no way dissolves this obligation, but greatly strengthens it.
6. Although true believers are not under the law as a covenant of works by which they are justified or
condemned, nevertheless the law is of great use to them as well as to others. By informing them- as a rule of
life- both of the will of God and of their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly. It also reveals to
them the sinful pollutions of their nature, hearts, and lives.Therefore, when they examine themselves in the light
of the law, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred of sin, together with a clearer
view of their need of Christ and the perfection of his obedience.The law is also useful to the regenerate because,
by forbidding sin, it restrains their corruptions. By its threats it shows them what their sins deserve, and,
although they are free from the curse threatened in the law, it shows the afflictions that they may expect because
of them in this life. The promises of the law likewise show to the regenerate God’s approval of obedience and
the blessings they may expect from as they obey the law, although these blessings are not due to them by the
law as a covenant of works. Therefore, the fact that a man does good and rather than evil because the law
encourages good and discourages evil is no evidence that the man is under the law rather than under grace.
7. These uses of the law mentioned do not conflict with the grace of the gospel, but are in complete harmony
with it; for it is the Spirit of Christ who subdues and enables the will of man to do freely and cheerfully those
things which the will of God, revealed in the law, requires.
Dear Believers of First Pres. Villa Rica,
COVID restrictions are cancelled, however please respect physical distancing from anyone wearing a mask. If someone is wearing a mask, they either would like protection by masking and physical distancing, or they may be protecting others. Either way, please respect the person by respecting mask.
0830-0930 Worship 1 CANCELLED UFN
0930-1000 Break / Fellowship CANCELLED UFN
1000-1045 Sunday School
1100-1200 Worship 2 (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall), , plus online live-stream: Masks encouraged indoors until seated, physical distancing is also encouraged.
We thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us and for His hand of protection. Thank you for your support, encouragement and love for each other during these challenging times.
May we continue to labor together in love for the sake of the gospel and God’s kingdom,
8:30-9:30 Cancelled UFN: Worship One (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall – Masks Required, also Live-streamed)
9:30-10:00 Cancelled UFN: Gathering Grounds: Break/Fellowship
10:00-10:45 Sunday School (Adult and Children) Nursery Provided
11:00-12:00 Worship Two (Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall, plus live-stream, Mask encouraged until seated)
Children’s Church (Large Classroom)
COVID restrictions no longer required, however, if someone is wearing a mask, please respect physical distancing.
If you or your child have flu-like symptoms or a fever, please stay home.
We thank you for your prayers, for the willingness you have shown to be diligent in worship, and for your support of FPCVR.
Prayerfully, The Session
Westminster Confession of Faith in Modern English Chapter 11 – Justification
1. Those whom God effectually calls he also freely justifies. He does not pour righteousness into them but pardons their sins and looks on them and accepts them as if they were righteous—not because of anything worked in them or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone. He does not consider their faith itself, the act of believing, as their righteousness or any other obedient response to the gospel on their part. Rather, he imputes to them the obedience and judicial satisfaction earned by Christ. For their part, they receive and rest on Christ and his righteousness by faith (and this faith is not their own but is itself a gift of God).
2. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the only means of justification. In the person justified, however, it is always accompanied by all the other saving graces and is not a dead faith, but works by love.
3. By his obedience and death Christ completely discharged the debt of all those who are so justified, and he made the correct, real, and full satisfaction to his Father’s justice on their behalf. Since Christ was voluntarily given by the Father for them, and since his obedience and satisfaction were accepted in their place and not for anything in them, their justification is the result only of his free grace—so that both the perfect justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.
4. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect,l and Christ did, in the fullness of time, die for their sins, and rise again for their justification: nevertheless, they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit doth, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them.
5. God doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified; and, although they can never fall from the state of justification,p yet they may, by their sins, fall under God’s fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.
6. The justification of believers under the Old Testament was in all these respects identical with the justification of believers under the New Testament.
Shorter Catechism Q&A 33
Q: What is justification?
A: Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.