Bulletin 6.6.21

1 Pe 2:9b "that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."

A Reflection Before the Service

  • People find many books puzzling, but the Bible is often the most puzzling of all. People find many parts of the Bible puzzling, but Revelation is often seen as the most puzzling book of all. And people find Revelation puzzling, but the first half of chapter 11—the passage now before us– is, for many, the most puzzling part of all.

     

    - N.T. Wright, Revelation

     

    …kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent. Therefore God suffers that we thus suffer… The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.

     

    - Tertullian, Apologeticus, (CH 50; AD 197)

     

    Mission work does not arise from any arrogance in the Christian Church; mission is its cause and its life. The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning. Where there is no mission, there is no Church; and where there is neither Church nor mission, there is no faith... Mission, Gospel preaching, is the spreading out of the fire which Christ has thrown upon the earth. He who does not propagate this fire shows that he is not burning. He who burns propagates the fire… ‘Woe unto me, if I preach not the gospel,’ says Paul.

    - Emil Brunner, The Word and the World (London: Student

    Christian Movement Press, 1931) p. 108 (emphasis added)

     

The Call To Worship

  • The First Letter of Peter 2.4-9 (ESV)

    As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

    "Behold, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a Cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame."

     

    So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone," and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the Word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

     

    (Prayer)

     

  • People find many books puzzling, but the Bible is often the most puzzling of all. People find many parts of the Bible puzzling, but Revelation is often seen as the most puzzling book of all. And people find Revelation puzzling, but the first half of chapter 11—the passage now before us– is, for many, the most puzzling part of all.

     

    - N.T. Wright, Revelation

     

    …kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent. Therefore God suffers that we thus suffer… The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.

     

    - Tertullian, Apologeticus, (CH 50; AD 197)

     

    Mission work does not arise from any arrogance in the Christian Church; mission is its cause and its life. The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning. Where there is no mission, there is no Church; and where there is neither Church nor mission, there is no faith... Mission, Gospel preaching, is the spreading out of the fire which Christ has thrown upon the earth. He who does not propagate this fire shows that he is not burning. He who burns propagates the fire… ‘Woe unto me, if I preach not the gospel,’ says Paul.

    - Emil Brunner, The Word and the World (London: Student

    Christian Movement Press, 1931) p. 108 (emphasis added)

     

  • The First Letter of Peter 2.4-9 (ESV)

    As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

    "Behold, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a Cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame."

     

    So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, "The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone," and "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." They stumble because they disobey the Word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

     

    (Prayer)

     

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