Weekly Liturgy

The Mystery Revealed

Purpose

This weekly liturgy is meant to help you prepare your heart and mind for the Sunday morning gathering. Take some time this weekend to read, pray, and quiet your mind. Consider the following theme and scriptures to focus your heart on Christ and prepare for our Sunday morning gathering.

Theme

Because the church is central to God’s plan and purpose for all eternity, facing opposition should not discourage us.

Call to Worship 

O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah – Psalm 3:1-8

Scripture Reading

12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. – 1 Peter 1:12,13

Sermon Text

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. 13 So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. – Ephesians 3:1-13

Sermon Outline

Four reasons why we should not lose heart at opposition to the gospel

I. Introduction (1,13)

II. Two Gifts Given to Paul (2-9)

   (1) A Mystery Revealed (2-6)

   (2) A Message to Preach (7-9)

III. Two Privileges Given to the Church (10-12)  

   (3) A Cosmic Purpose (10,11)

   (4) A Freedom of Access (12)

Congregational Songs

  1. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  2. I Love You Lord
  3. Now Why This Fear and Unbelief
  4. See the Destined Day Arise
  5. Doxology

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for Luke as he prepares to preach God’s Word
  2. Pray for your own heart and mind to receive God’s Word with humility