The Lord’s Day, January 24, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
A Prayer to Prepare for Worship
O Lord our God, You are always more ready to bestow Your good gifts upon us than we are to seek them. You are more willing to give than we desire or deserve. Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of Your mercy may be opened for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Votum and Salutation Psalm 124:8 & I Corinthians 1:3
+ Call to Worship Psalm 13:5,6
I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
+ Worship Hymn “O Worship the King”
+ Prayer of Praise, Worship, and Confession
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
+ Assurance of Pardon Hebrews 8:12
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
+ Thanksgiving Hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
+ Affirmation of Faith Philippians 2:5-11
We believe that we must have the same attitude in ourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. — The Carmen Christi
Prayers of Petition and Intercession
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Prayer for the Offering
+ Honor God in Song “The Doxology”
(Old Hundredth, L.M.; insert)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Lesson John 10:11-18
11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”
Prayer for Understanding
Sermon “Jesus is the Excellent Shepherd”
Prayer of Dedication
+ Response Hymn “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”
+ God’s Blessing
+ Give God Praise “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”
Psalm 72:18; Scottish Psalter 1650; Tune: Dundee, C.M.
Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,
for He alone does wondrous works, in glory that excel.
And blessed be His glorious Name to all eternity;
The whole earth let His glory fill. Amen, so let it be.
(+ If you are able, please stand)
BAPC uses the New American Standard Bible, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation, www.lockman.org.
All printed hymns and songs are used by permission of CCLI License No. 193697.
“Jesus is the Excellent Shepherd”
I. You can be secure in the Good Shepherd because of who He is, what He does, and how He does it vv. 11-13
A. Who He is.
B. What He does.
C. How He does it.
II. You can be secure in the Good Shepherd because of the nature of the relationship He has established with you, vv. 14,15.
A. The Good Shepherd has established a relationship of ownership with you: He owns you!
B. The Good Shepherd has established a relationship of intimacy with you: He knows you.
C. The Good Shepherd has established a relationship of reciprocity: He knows you and you know Him.
D. The Good Shepherd has established a relationship of glorious comparison: your relationship is compared to the relationship between the Father and the Son.
E. The Good Shepherd has established a costly relationship: He died for you — He lays down His life for you.
III. You can be secure in the Good Shepherd because of where He has placed you, v. 16. The sheep pen is a place of security.
A. The Good Shepherd has other sheep.
B. What the Good Shepherd is going to do with the other sheep.
IV. You can be secure in the Good Shepherd because of His amazing power, vv. 17,18.
A. You are secure in the Good Shepherd because of the love and purpose there is within the Triune God.
B. You are secure because the Good Shepherd has power to lay down His life.
C. You are secure because the Good Shepherd has authority to take up His life again.