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January 24th, 2021 - Preparing for the Lord's Day

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Preparing for the Lord's Day

Perrier is the iconic French sparkling water. And on each label of the green bottles, it says, “Source: Perrier.” The Perrier spring is a naturally pure spring in southern France that produces carbonated water. This spring has been known of since the Roman period and in the last century, it has become the premier bottled sparkling water. Central to its popularity is the purity that is achieved by drawing the water directly from this particular spring. No one would be interested in sparkling water that was sourced from David’s backyard hose. However, since each bottle of Perrier comes directly from a known pure source people trust its purity. 

In our passage for this week, the Apostle Paul continues his defense of the gospel against the false gospel of the Judaizers. Here Paul argues that the Galatians can have confidence in the gospel because it comes from the purest of sources, God himself. And what we will see is that we can have great confidence in the gospel because it comes directly from the source of all truth, the Lord Jesus Christ. To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon Galatians 1:11-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1John 5:9, and Westminster Confession of Faith 1.4

As we gather to worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit this Lord’s day, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “How Firm a Foundation,” the Acclamation of Praise, “Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power,” and the Hymn of Response “In Christ Alone.” The Prelude, "Adagio from Organ Sonata No. 1" will be played by Hadley Hall, organ. The Offertory Anthem (11:00), "Be Thou My Vision" sung by our Sanctuary Choir.

Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him! 

Sermon Information 

Text: Galatians 1:11-17 

Title: From the Source

Outline:

  1. The Source of the Gospel is Not Man

            a. Not from Paul (vv. 13-14)

            b. Not from Flesh and Blood (vv. 16b-17)

   2. The Source of the Gospel is God

            a. A revelation from God (vv. 11-12)

            b. A calling from God (vv. 15-16a)

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