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GIVING

Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (1 Cor. 16:2) A paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 16:2 says, “Let every one of you lay aside his giving money in the proportion that God has prospered him, that there be no last minute offering.” That is, to borrow an old phrase, “charity begins at home,” not when the time of worship comes. Those who wait till the time of the service to see what they have in their purse or wallet and to decide what they will give, will never be good stewards and will never make the work of God go forward. Let us give as we have planned as we worship the Lord with our giving.


Offering Mailing Address: P.O. Box 594, Larkspur, CA 94977


Prayer


O Lord our God, Thou Who art great and wonderful! We approach Thy throne with humility and thanks. Thank You, Lord, for Your Son, Jesus Christ and His great sacrifice on our behalf.
We confess to Thee, O Lord, our short-comings and sins. We thank You for Your forgiveness and cleansing from all our sin. We thank You for Your grace in our lives and how You show us mercy day by day.
We pray for those of the Body of Christ who are ill at this time. We ask Thy intervention on their behalf and strength for each day.
Heavenly Father, with the same forethought and care with which we make our other expenditures, may we give to Thee week by week. Thank You for supplying our needs this week. From that supply we bring this offering and present it through the merit of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
May Thy Spirit guide our worship this day. May Your Word speak to our hearts and minds. And may we grow in grace and continue to become more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in His name we pray. Amen.

 

Offertory:

CLOSE TO THEE (Played by Pat)




For the Children (big and small):

OBEDIENCE (Played by Pat)
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
Doing exactly as the Lord commands, doing it happily
Action is the key, do it immediately, joy you will receive
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe
O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E
Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe



CHORUS
SWEETER THAN THE DAY BEFORE


Every day with Jesus
Is sweeter than the day before;
Every day with Jesus,
I love Him more and more;
Jesus saves and keeps me,
And He’s the One I’m waiting for:
Every day with Jesus
Is sweeter than the day before.
(repeat)


HYMN
BE THOU EXALTED


Be Thou exalted, for ever and ever
God of eternity, The ancient of Days!
Wondrous in Majesty, so mighty in wisdom,
Perfect in holiness, and worthy of praise.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever Amen!

Be Thou exalted, O Son of the Highest,
Gracious Redeemer Our Savior and King!
One with the Father, co-equal in glory,
Here at Thy footstool our homage we bring.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever Amen!

Be Thou exalted, O Spirit eternal!
Dwell in our hearts, keep us Holy within;
Feed us each day with Thy Heavenly Manna.
“Healer of wounded hearts” Thy praises we sing.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever Amen!



SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 4:1-7

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”

SERMON:

August 8th, 2020: Pastor Ed Scaglione




FAITH

We continue our study this morning in the area of spiritual growth. We have seen so far that in order to grow we must be glorifying God. And in order to glorify God, we must confess Jesus as Lord, we must aim our lives at glorifying Him, and we must be confessing our sin. This morning we are going to be looking at faith. In order to glorify God, we must trust Him. Glorifying God is as simple as trusting Him. One of the best ways of seeing this truth is by seeing it in the lives of those in the Bible who have trusted God.

Abraham is a great example of one who trusted God. In Romans 4, the Apostle Paul discusses Abraham and his relationship to faith. Abraham was not saved by law but by faith, as is everyone in any age. Let’s notice first the birth of Isaac. Romans 4:19 says this regarding Abraham, “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” Abraham and Sarah had never had children because Sarah could not have children, she was barren. Under those circumstances God told them that they would have a child. Abraham believed God in spite of how things looked. Then in verse 20 Paul says, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” Do you see that, God was glorified when Abraham believed Him. The prospect of Abraham and Sarah having a child seemed so ridiculous, that when the child was born they named him Isaac, which means “laughter.” When we say to God, “If You say it, then I believe it”, we show God that we trust Him and His Word. And that gives Him glory.

Paul goes on and speaks of the offering of Isaac. Paul wrote Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God . . . “ (Rom. 4:20) When Isaac was a teenager, God said to Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Gen. 22:2) So Abraham strapped a bundle of sticks on Isaac and went up the mountain. He laid Isaac on an altar, tied him down, took out a knife, and was ready to plunge it into his heart. But the Angel of the Lord stopped him. Then he saw a ram in a thicket and offered it to God. (Gen. 22:1-13) Abraham was wiling to kill the very thing that was the fulfillment of God’s promise in his life. He was absolutely confident that if God told him to do something, he would do it. He never staggered, knowing that God would provide. Abraham could have said, “God, how can you possibly say that the covenant You have promised with me will be fulfilled with people numbering as the sands of the sea and the stars of the heaven if I’m going to kill the only possible fulfillment?” But Abraham didn’t argue. He believed God would keep His Word, even if he had to kill his son.

Abraham believed that Isaac would raise from the dead, even though he had never experienced anything like that. (Heb. 11:17-19)
Believing God gives Him glory. God’s glory is the sum of all His attributes and the fullness of all His majesty. If He is who He says He is, then He is a God to be believed. You and I will grow spiritually when we trust Him. When we say, “If Your Word promises it, I’m going to claim it. If Your Word commands it, I’m going to obey it.” We greatly dishonor God when we claim to believe in Him but aren’t able to cope with life.

There are three young men in the Bible who are a great example of trusting God and glorifying Him. Their names are: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and we find them in the book of Daniel. (Dan. 3) Daniel 3:13 says, “Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego . . .” Nebuchadnezzar wanted them brought before him because they would not obey his rules and worship the image he had made. You see, they only worshiped God and would only bow down to God. In verses 14-15 he says, “ . . . Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now, if ye be ready that at the time that ye hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image which I have made, well; but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is that God, that shall deliver you out of my hands?” So Nebuchadnezzar put their faith to the test. Do they believe their God can handle Nebuchadnezzar? They can’t see their God, but Nebuchadnezzar is visible. They can’t see the hosts of their God, but they can see the formidable hosts of Nebuchadnezzar. They can see the power and the possible punishment applied to them from Nebuchadnezzar’s system. With all of that facing them, what did they do?

Daniel 3:16-18 provides the answer. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Dan. 3:16-18) They knew that if God did not deliver them out of the fire, that He would deliver them to His righteous kingdom because they remained true to Him.

Daniel 3:19 says, “Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed . . . he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.” (Dan. 3:19) The men who put Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the furnace burned to death because it was so hot. (Dan. 3:22-23) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego really did believe God. You and I may say, “That’ the way I believe God.” Our confidence might be a little different if we were standing on the edge of that fiery furnace. There was no human way to escape that. But true faith in God knows no impossibilities.

The third individual I’d like us to consider is Noah. In Genesis 6:14-22, God told Noah to build a massive boat (about the size of the Queen Mary). But that didn’t seem to make sense because there wasn’t a body water nearby. And that was a large boat for a man to build, especially when he would have to chop down the trees himself and hew his plants out of those trees. It took Noah a hundred and twenty years to build the boat. (Gen. 6:3) During those years everybody laughed at him. They had never seen rain either.

The Bible says that Noah was a man of great faith. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Noah believed God in the midst of a ridiculous situation.

Do we glorify God by believing Him? When we live in a state of faith we grow. The Bible says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) That is a picture of Christian progress. We move towards God’s perfect likeness as we walk by faith, not by sight. When we try to analyze everything by what we see, we will have trouble growing. When the people of Israel were ready to enter the land of Canaan and establish their nation, they sent spies before they entered. The spies came back and ten of them said, “We don’t want to go in there. We were like grasshoppers, and they were giants.” (Num. 13:33) They walked by sight. Joshua and Caleb said, “God’s on our side. Let’s go.” (Num. 13:30).

What do we say? Do we live by faith? When we live by faith we are like Abraham, who “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” (Rom. 4:20) If you want to live to God’s glory, then believe Him in everything that happens, everything He says, and every promise He gives us.

Prayer

Our Father, we thank You that You know all our needs. You know how often we fail to trust Thee. Help us to grow in our faith and trust Thee more and more.
May we live by faith as Your Word commands us. And may You be glorified by our lives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you don't know Christ as your Savior, I beg you to read the gospel presentation by clicking on the link below. Ask God to open your heart and your mind, so that you can come to know Christ as your Savior.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

WhatMustIDoToBeSaved


CLOSING HYMN:
FAITH IS THE VICTORY

FAITH IS THE VICTORY

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christians soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below,
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory
That overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith they, like whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever Amen!

To him that overcomes the foe
White raiment shall be given;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heaven.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night
In Jesus’ conquering name.

Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Thine be the glory forever Amen!

 


Closing Prayer


Lord, we have just heard of great men of faith and trust in You. Now the question is to us: do we have such faith and trust? Do we live out our lives showing our total trust in Him as these great men of did? When we are tested, do we come forth as gold? Do we show the world in times of challenge like today’s  that our total faith and trust is in the Lord to bring us through? I pray for Your strength and only Your strength in order to declare yes!  In the Name above all Names we pray. Amen.