Elder James Garbutt – “Preparation is Necessary”

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Preparation is Necessary

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

[part of introduction missing]
I. PREPARATION BEFORE THE SERMON
James 1:21a Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
**CLEANSE YOUR HEART
Not just outward, but inward cleansing of thoughts, acts, life, habitual sins
I Samuel 16:7; Rev 5:11-14; Rom 8:13-17
“Lay aside” = “throw and go”
This is a COMMAND to “Do” . . .
Antithesis of this command is a WARNING “If you don’t” . . .

II. PREPARATION DURING THE SERMON
James 1:21b and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
**RECEIVE HIS WORD
Humility = “teachable”
Hosea 12:10
To gain a harvest you must break of unplowed ground

III. PREPARATION AFTER THE SERMON
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
**DO WHAT GOD SAYS
Far better than just ‘hearing’ the Word and being self-deceived into thinking we’re okay
How as the sermon? Preaching might be over, but the doing has just begun


Quarantine Sunday #10 – Faith for This Hour: Jephthah

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Faith for This Hour: Jephthah

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**HYMN: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 111 ”

**HYMN: “Jesus Died for Me”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Blessings”

**MESSAGE:
I Sam 12:11 reviews era of Judges: “And the LORD sent Jerubbaal (Gideon) and Abdon, Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hand of your enemies on every side, and you dwelled safely.”

I. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME EARLY OBSTACLES
A. IN HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS

>>1. ILLEGITIMATE (Jdg 11:1)
>>2. KICKED OUT OF HOME (Jdg 11:2)
>>3. TOUGH CROWD (Jdg 11:3; I Sam 25)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. NO EXCUSE ACCEPTED FOR LACK OF FAITH
>>2. NO ONE PROMISED AN EASY LIFE
>>3. GOD EXPECTS US TO WORK THRU OBSTACLES, NOT WALLOW IN IT

II. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME OTHERS’ ATTITUDES
A. IN HIS TRIBE’S HOUR OF NEED

>>1. CITIZEN ARMY LOOKED FOR A TOUGH LEADER (Jdg 10:8-10,15-18)
>>2. BITTER OVER PRECIOUS REJECTION (Jdg 11:5-7)
>>3. PROVEN LEADER (Jdg 11:8)
>>4. NOT JUST GENERAL, BUT HEAD OF TRIBES (Jdg 11:9-11; Gen 31:42-50)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. IN TIME OF GREAT TRIAL, GOD KNOWS OUR NEED
>>2. GOD CAN USE ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO SERVE HIM
>>3. PAST “SMALL” ACTS PREPARE FOR NEW “LARGER” CHALLENGES

III. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME ENEMY OPPOSITION
A. APPEAL TO THE ENEMY

>>1. LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN (Jdg 11:12-13; Rom 12:18)
>>2. LIST TRUE HISTORY (Jdg 11:14-24)
>>3. WHICH GOD IS MORE POWERFUL (Jdg 11:23-24,27)
>>4. OVERTURES OF PEACE REJECTED (Jdg 11:28)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. FOLLOWED SCRIPTURE
>>2. WANTED BEST INTEREST FOR EVERYONE (EVEN AMMON)
>>3. LEARNED DIPLOMACY; COUNT THE COST OF WAR

IV. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME DOUBT ABOUT VICTORY
A. TRUST IN GOD FOR VICTORY

>>1. GIDEON’S FLEECE PRAYER NOT NEEDED (Jdg 11:29-31; Lev 18:21; Deut 12:31)
>>2. TOTAL VICTORY (Jdg 11:32-33; Num 30:2; Ps 76:11; Eccl 5:4-5)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. COURAGE OVER FEAR AND ANXIETY
>>2. ALLOW SPIRIT OF GOD TO CONTROL AND GUIDE
>>3. HE HAD NO NEED FOR THIS VOW; BE CAREFUL OF PROMISES
>>4. VOWS ARE OF HIGHEST IMPORTANCE AND SACRED

V. DEMONSTRATING FAITH TO OVERCOME PERSONAL SACRIFICE
A. TRUSTING GOD IN KEEPING A VOW

>>1. HURTFUL VOW (Jdg 11:34-35)
>>2. SERIOUS VOW (Jdg 11:36-38)
>>3. PAYING HIS VOW (Jdg 11:39-40; Lev 27:24; Ex 38:8; I Sam 2:22)

B. LESSON IN FAITH FOR TODAY
>>1. WRONG VOW, BUT PROMISE TO GOD IS MOST IMPORTANT
>>2. IT TAKES TENACITY OF CHRACTER TO KEEP WORD AT OUR OWN HURT
>>3. GOD GIVES GRACE FOR A FUTURE THAT WE DON’T DECIDE

**CLOSING HYMN: “Take My Life and Let It Be”

**BENEDICTION: “I Timothy 1:17”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH” by William Williams
Arglwydd, arwain trwy’r anialwch, Fi, bererin gwael ei wedd,
Nad oes ynof nerth na bywyd Fel yn gorwedd yn y bedd:
Hollalluog, Hollalluog – Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan.
Ydyw’r Un a’m cwyd i’r lan

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty; hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven – Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer – be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises – I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

“JESUS DIED FOR ME” by Wm. H. Bathurst
My God when I approach Thy throne and all Thy glory see,
This is my stay and this alone, that Jesus died for me.
How can a soul condemned to die escape the just decree?
A vile, unworthy wretch am I, but Jesus died for me.

Burdened with sin’s oppressive chain, oh how can I get free?
No peace can all my efforts gain, but Jesus died for me.
My course I could not safely steer through life’s tempestuous sea,
Did not this truth relieve my fear, that Jesus died for me.

And Lord, when I behold Thy face, this must be all my plea:
Save me by Thy almighty grace, for Jesus died for me.
What glorious love, redeeming grace was shown on Calvary;
I will forever sing His praise since Jesus died for me.

“TAKE MY LIFE” by Frances Ridley Havergal
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love –
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King –
Always, only, for my King.

Take my lips and let them be filled with messages for Thee,
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold –
Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for thee –
Ever, only, all for thee.

“BLESSINGS” by Laura Story
We pray for blessings, we pray for peace,
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing, for prosperity;
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.

What if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear;
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love,
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough.
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win,
We know that pain reminds this heart that this is not our home.
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?
What if trials of this life – the rain, the storms, the hardest nights –
Are your mercies in disguise?


Quarantine Sunday #9 – Faith for This Hour: Samson

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Faith for This Hour: Samson

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**HYMN: “Victory in Jesus”

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 85”

**HYMN: “It is Well with My Soul”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Farther On”

**MESSAGE:
Hebrews 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, or Jephthah.

I. SUPPLY FROM GOD
A. CYCLE OF LIFE

>>1. WORLD OF SAMSON (Jdg 2:20-22)
>>2. DELIVERANCE OF ISRAEL (Jdg 13:1)

B. MIRACULOUS BABY
>>1. PROVISION OF GOD (Jdg 13:2-3)
>>2. STIPULATION BY GOD (Jdg 13:4-5; Num 6:1-21)
>>3. WORSHIP OF GOD (Jdg 13:19-20, 24)

II. STRENGTH FOR GOOD
A. STORY OF HIS WIFE

>>1. UNGODLY UNION (Jdg 14:1-3; II Cor 6:14)
>>2. PAGAN CULTURE (Jdg 14:19-20)
>>3. RELTALIATION AGAINST PHILISTINES (Jdg 15:1-5; Prov 4:23)
>>4. FINAL SLAUGHTER (Jdg 15:8)

B. STORIES OF OTHER GREAT EXPLOITS
>>1. BETRAYED BY HIS COUNTRYMEN (Jdg 15:9-12)
>>2. VICTORY AT LEHI (Jdg 15:14-17)
>>3. REVIVED BY GOD (Jdg 15:18-20)
>>4. ESCAPE AT GAZA (Jdg 16:1-3)

III. SEDUCTION BY SIN
A. BINDING OF SIN

>>1. SAMSON AND DELILAH (Jdg 16:4-5)
>>2. TRAGIC GAMES (Jdg 16:6-19)

B. BLINDING OF SIN
>>1. BREAKING CONSECRATION (Jdg 16:20)
>>2. PHYSICAL BLINDNESS (Jdg 16:21)

C. GRINDING OF SIN
>>1. PAYDAY (Jdg 16:22a)
>>2. HOPE (Jdg 16:22b)

D. GLORY TO GOD
>>1. FALSE GODS PRAISED (Jdg 16:23-24)
>>2. TRUE GOD HONORED IN DEATH (Jdg 16:26-30)

The Old Testament biographies were never written for our imitation, but they were written for our instruction.

** CLOSING HYMN: “He Giveth More Grace”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Victory in Jesus”
1 I heard an old, old story how a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.

[refrain]
O victory in Jesus, my Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

2 I heard about His healing, of His cleansing power revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again and caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory.

3 I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing and the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.

“It Is Well With My Soul”
1 When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”

[refrain]
It is well with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control:
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed his own blood for my soul.

3 My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more; praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

4 O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend; even so, it is well with my soul.

“Farther On”
1 As you travel through the desert storms beset us on the way
Just beyond the river Jordan lies a field of endless day

[refrain]
Farther on, still go farther. Count the milestones one by one
Jesus will forsake you never; it is better Farther On

2 Oh, my brother are you weary at the roughness of the way?
Does your strength begin to fail you and your vigor to decay?

3 Jesus, Jesus will go with you, He will take you to God’s throne
He Who dyed His garments for you and the wine-press trod alone

4 At my grave O still be singing though you weep for one that’s gone
Sing it as you once did sing it – It is better Farther on

“He Giveth More Grace”
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done;
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.


Quarantine Sunday #8 – Faith for This Hour: Barak

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Faith for This Hour: Barak

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 91”

**HYMN: “Standing on the Promises”

**PASTORAL PRAYER, with focus on “Mothers” today

**HYMN: “All People that on Earth Do Dwell”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “Promises” by our own Sarah Roberts

**MESSAGE:

I. FAITH DEMONSTRATED IN THE “LEADERSHIP” OF DEBORAH
A. UNDERSTANDING THE CHARACTER OF DEBORAH

>>1. DEBORAH’S POWER Judges 4:4-5 (also Heb 11:32; Ex 15:20; II Kgs 22:14; Lk 2:36; I Cor 11:5; Jn 5:19)
>>2. DEBORAH’S PLIGHT Judges 4:1-3 (also Josh 11:10; Jdg 4:11-13; Gen 25:1-4)

B. VIEWING DEBORAH’S FAITH IN ACTION
>>1. DEBORAH’S PREDICAMENT Judges 4:6
>>2. DEBORAH’S PRESUMPTION Judges 4:7

II. FAITH DEMONSTRATED IN THE “FOLLOWERSHIP” OF BARAK
A. UNDERSTANDING THE FAILURE OF FAITH: DISCOURAGEMENT

>>1. BARAK’S VIEWPOINT Judges 5:13-18
>>2. BARAK’S VANITY Judges 4:8-10

B. VIEWING BARAK’S FAITH IN ACTION
>>1. BARAK’S VITALITY Judges 4:14-16 (also Josh 10:10; I Sam 7:10; II Kgs 6)
>>2. BARAK’S VICTORY Judges 5:3-5, 19-20
>>3. BARAK’S VULNERABILITY Judges 4:17-24 (also Heb 10:24)

**CLOSING HYMN: “Gentle Shepherd” high school boys quartet

**BENEDICTION: “II Corinthians 13:14”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Standing on the Promises”
1 Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.

[refrain]
Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God.

3 Standing on the promises I now can see perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free, Standing on the promises of God.

4 Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, Standing on the promises of God.

5 Standing on the promises I shall not fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Savior as my All in all, Standing on the promises of God.

“All People That on Earth Do Dwell”
1 All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth; His praise forth tell. Come ye before Him and rejoice.

2 Know that the Lord is God indeed; without our aid He did us make;
we are His flock, He doth us feed and for His sheep He doth us take.

3 Oh enter then His gates with praise; approach with joy His courts unto;
praise, laud and bless His name always, for it is seemly so to do.

4 For why? The Lord our God is good; His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood, and shall from age to age endure.

5 To Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the God Whom heaven and earth adore,
From earth and from the angel host be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

“Promises”
God of Abraham, God of covenant and of faithful promises
Time and time again You have proven You’ll do just what You said

Though the storms may come and the winds may blow I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn when You speak a word it will come to pass
Great is Your faithfulness to me, Great is Your faithfulness to me

From the rising sun, to the setting same, I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me

God from age to age, though the earth may pass away, Your word remains the same
Your history can prove there’s nothing You can’t do, You’re faithful and True

Though the storms may come and the winds may blow I’ll remain steadfast
And let my heart learn when You speak a word it will come to pass
Great is Your faithfulness to me, Great is Your faithfulness to me

I put my faith in Jesus, My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation, He’ll never let me down [repeat]

“Gentle Shepherd”
Gentle Shepherd come and lead us, for we need You to help us find our way
Gentle Shepherd come and feed us, for we need Your strength from day to day

There’s no other we can turn to Who can help us face another day
Gentle Shepherd come and lead us, for we need to You to help us find our way


Quarantine Sunday #7 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 2)

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Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 2)

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 46”

**HYMN: “Holy, Holy, Holy”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:
Pause
Rejoice
Ask
Yield

**HYMN: “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

**MESSAGE:

I. GIDEON: GROWING FAITH
A. FAITH TO TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT

>>1. STEPS OF GROWING FAITH (Heb 11:32; Jdg 7:1-8; Zech 4:6)
Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.
>>2. FAITH NEEDS NO MORE “SIGNS” (Jdg 7:9-15)
Another ‘fleece’ without Gideon even asking for assurance. Having received encouragement, he couldn’t help but spread that encouragement to others.

B. FAITH TO TAKE THE BATTLE TO THE ENEMY
>>1. SAY WHAT? DIVIDE 300 AGAIN! (Jdg 7:16-23)
Fear loves to make things seem bigger than they are.
>>2. SEEKING COMPLETE VICTORY (Jdg 7:24-25)
When we are weak in faith, we often make our enemies stronger than they really are.

II. GIDEON: SETTLED (MATURE) FAITH
A. FAITH TRANSFORMED BY GOD

>>1. DEMANDING FAITH IN OTHERS (Jdg 8:1-2,4-6,9)
The Christian life is at the command and timing of God. It is not when WE want to pray or witness or serve.
>>2. CONTINUING TO LIVE BY FAITH (Jdg 8:10-12)
Seeing the previous provision of God should encourage us to trust Him for more.

B. IMPERFECT FAITH
>>1. ROUTING LIVING BY FAITH WAS HARD (Jdg 8:22-23)
“I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you. The Lord shall rule over you.”
>>2. LEADER OF FAITH BROUGHT PEACE (Jdg 8:28, 33; John 3:16; 14:1-6; 20:31)
New-found security led the nation to complacency and /spiritual failure.

**CLOSING HYMN: “Day by Day”

**BENEDICTION: “I Peter 5:10-11 (KJV)”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”
My faith has found a resting place, not in device or creed;
I trust the ever-living One, His wounds for me shall plead.

[refrain]
I need no other argument, I need no other plea,
it is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me.

Enough for me that Jesus saves, this ends my fear and doubt;
a sinful soul, I come to Him, He’ll never cast me out.

My heart is leaning on the Word, the written Word of God,
salvation by my Savior’s name, salvation thro’ His blood.

My great Physician heals the sick, the lost He came to save;
for me His precious blood He shed, for me His life he gave.

“Day by Day”
Day by day, and with each passing moment, strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure, mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me with a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me, He Whose Name is Counselor and Power.
The protection of His child and treasure is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,” this the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation so to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, e’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, till I reach the promised land.

“The Upward Road”
Doubt sees the obstacles, Faith sees the open way,
Doubt sees the darkest night, Faith sees the sunlit day.
Doubt dreads to take the step, Faith sings and soars on high,
Doubt questions, “Who believes?” Faith answers, “Even I”.

I’m on the upward way, for that still holds the sun.
I climb through the night pastures, where starry rivers run.
And if you seek me in my old and dark abode –
‘Tis written o’er the door – I’m on the Upward Road.


Quarantine Sunday #6 – Faith for This Hour: Gideon (part 1)

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Faith for This Hour: Gideon

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: “Psalm 85”

**HYMN: “Faith is the Victory”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “I’d Rather Have Jesus”

**MESSAGE: GIDEON, LITTLE FAITH, WEAK FAITH

We all know the “big names” of Hebrews 11, the “Faith Chapter”. But this is first message of lesser-known people who teach us important lessons about having faith in very difficult time.

Heb 11:32-34 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put enemy armies to flight.

I. GIDEON: LITTLE FAITH
A. LOCKED IN THE SIN CYCLE
>>1. TYPICAL PATTERN AFTER JOSHUA DIED
Jdg 2:11-19
>>2. STILL EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES TODAY

B. TIME FOR A JUDGE – WHERE’S GIDEON?
>>1. What God saw of Gideon:
Jdg 6:12 “O mighty man of valor.”
Jdg 6:14 “Go . . . do not I send you?”
Jdg 6:16 “I will be with you.”
Jdg 6:23 “Be at peace. Do not fear. You shall not die.”
>>2. What Gideon saw of Gideon
Jdg 6:11 Faith hiding
Jdg 6:13a Faith questioning
Jdg 6:13b Faith despairing
Jdg 6:15 Faith doubting
Jdg 6:17 Faith conniving
Jdg 6:21 Faith panicking

II. GIDEON: WEAK FAITH
A. GIDEON’S FAITH BEGINNING TO GROW
(kinda)
>>1. SEEING GOD WORK LED TO OBEDIENCE
Jdg 6:24 Step 1 – Recognized God’s hand thru miracle of fire
Jdg 6:25-26 Step 2 – Listen to God’s Word
Jdg 6:27 Step 3 – Obey God’s Word
>>2. FEAR OF MAN STILL STYMIED WEAK FAITH
Jdg 6:33-35 Enemy invasion
Jdg 6:36-38. Another test for God
Jdg 6:39-40 Trusted in coincidence and luck more than God

B. EVEN LITTLE, WEAK FAITH TOOK COURAGE
>>1. IT TAKES FAITH TO HEAR/OBEY GOD’S CALL
>>2. IT TAKES FAITH TO DESTORY ALTARS OF BAAL
>>3. IT TAKES FAITH TO BUILD ALTARS FOR GOD
>>4. IT TAKES FAITH TO ASK GOD FOR A MIRACLE

It may have been little, it may have been weak, but Gideon’s faith was growing and God was about to use him in a big way

** CLOSING HYMN: “In Christ Alone”

~~~RESOURCES FOR WORSHIP~~~
“Faith is the Victory”
Encamped along the hills of light, ye Christian 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.

[refrain]
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

On every hand the foe we find drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind, and onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head, with truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread, and echo with our shout.

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.

“I Will Sing of My Redeemer”
I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me.
On the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set me free.

[refrain]
Sing, O sing of my Redeemer! With His blood He purchased me;
on the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,
in His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer, His triumphant power I’ll tell:
how the victory he gives me over sin and death and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer and his heavenly love for me;
He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with Him to be.

“In Christ Alone”
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are stilled, when strivings cease,
My Comforter, my All in All – Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died the wrath of God was satisfied,
For every sin on Him was laid – Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine – Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home – Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.


Quarantine Sunday #5 – God’s Man for this Hour

Posted: April 19th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #5 – God’s Man for this Hour

God’s Man for this Hour

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: First Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

**HYMN: “CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS”

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER”

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “ARISE, MY SOUL, ARISE”

**MESSAGE: GOD’S MAN FOR THIS HOUR

I. GOD SOUGHT A MAN FOR THE HOUR
A. WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?

>>1. GOD HAS ALWAYS USED ONE PERSON
>>2. COMMON MEN WITH UNCOMMON CHARACTER
Ezek 22:23-24 And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation”.

B. WHERE DID GOD LOOK?
>>1. PRIESTS 22:23-26 (religious leaders)
Ezek 22:26 Her priests have done violence to My Law and have profaned My holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
>>2. PRINCES 22:27 (Politicians)
Ezek 22:27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain.
>>3. PROPHETS 22:25, 28 (Baptist preachers)
Ezek 22:25 The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
Ezek 22:28 And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken.

>>4. PEOPLE 22:29 (everyone)
Ezek 22:29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and have extorted from the immigrant without justice/em>.

II. WHAT COULD GOD DO?
A. SOLUTION

>>1. NO MAN FOUND
Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.
>>2. JUDGMENT ON MAN
Ezek 22:31 Therefore, I’ve poured out My fury on them. I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath. I have returned their actions on their own heads, declares the Lord God.
>>3. THE LORD PROVIDES

B. PROVISION OF A NEW MAN
>>1. NEW PRIEST – Hebrews 7:23-25
Heb 7:23-25 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
OT Priests had failed so God provided a NEW PRIEST – JESUS CHRIST
>>2. NEW PRINCE – Acts 5:28-31
Act 5:28-31 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. God exalted Him at His right hand as Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
OT Princes had failed so God provided a NEW PRINCE – JESUS CHRIST
>>3. NEW PROPHET – Luke 24:19
Luke 24:19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.
OT Prophets had failed so God provided a NEW PROPHET – JESUS CHRIST
>>4. NEW PEOPLE – Hebrews 2:9-11
Heb 2:9-11 But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for all people. For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers,
OT People had failed so God provided a NEW PEOPLE – US

** CLOSING HYMN: “OPEN OUR EYES, LORD”

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RESOURCES

CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him Who died for thee,
and hail Him as thy matchless king through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save;
His glories now we sing who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER
Children of the heav’nly Father, safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven such a refuge e’er was given.

God, His own doth tend and nourish, in His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them, in His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord, His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth and their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His, the loving purpose solely to preserve them, pure and holy.

OPEN OUR EYES, LORD
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus
To reach out and touch Him and say that we love Him
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus


Quarantine Sunday #4 (Easter) – Praise to the Risen Lord

Posted: April 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #4 (Easter) – Praise to the Risen Lord

Praise to the Risen Lord

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

**WELCOME:

**SCRIPTURE: I Cor. 15 and John 3:16 “For God so loved the world (not just the Jews) that He gave His one and only Son for atonement, so that the believing ones will never perish but have everlasting life.”

**HYMN: “HE LIVES”

1 I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.

Chorus:
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

2 In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.

3 Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.

**PASTORAL PRAYER:

**HYMN: “CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY”
1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

**SPECIAL MUSIC: “WATCH THE LAMB”

**MESSAGE: THE GOOD NEWS MEETS MY LONGINGS

#1 I WANT TO CHANGE
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:14 “If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then our preaching is worthless.”
(also II Cor 6:4-5 “By great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger”)
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, our message is NOT futile

#2 I WANT TO BELIEVE SOMETHING REAL
>>1. NEGATIVE I Cor 15:14b If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “your faith is worthless.” (also I Cor. 15:17a If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “your faith is futile.”)
(also I Cor 15:3-4 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures”; Gal 2:20 “The life I live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me”)
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, our faith is NOT empty

#3 I WANT TRUE RELIGION
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:15 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, “we are found to be misrepresenting God [literally: we are false witnesses], because we testified of God that He raised Christ.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, the apostles are not false witnesses about the work of God.
(also Jn 14:6 Jesus came into the world to say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”)

#4 I WANT FORGIVENESS FOR MY SIN
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor. 15:17b If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “you are still in your sins.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, we are not still in our sins.
(also II Cor 5:20 “For our sake God made His Son to be sin (Who knew no sin), so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Rom 4:25 “He was handed over [to death] on account of our transgressions, and he was raised on account of our justification.”)

#5 I WANT HOPE FOR ETERNITY
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:18 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.”
(also I Thes 4:13; 18 “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as do the others who have no hope. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, the dead in Christ have not perished

#6 I WANT ASSURANCE
>>1. NEGATIVE – I Cor 15:19 If Christ HAS NOT BEEN RAISED, then “we are of all men most to be pitied.”
>>2. POSITIVE – But since Christ HAS BEEN RAISED, we are not to be pitied
(also II Cor 4:17 “This slight momentary affliction is working for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”

STILL THE GOOD NEWS TODAY
THEREFORE, I LOVE GOD FOR WHO HE IS
I Cor 15:58 “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
THEREFORE, I LOVE GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE

CONCLUDING HYMN “THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU”

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,
and give you peace,
and give you peace.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious,
and be gracious;
The Lord be gracious, gracious unto you.

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen, Amen.


Quarantine Sunday #3 – Who Are They That Love God?

Posted: April 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #3 – Who Are They That Love God?

Speaker: Bro Jim Garbutt, Elder

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A Sermon by Bro. James Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Welcome:
Prayer:
Song: “Complete in Thee” by Ben Everson
Sermon: WHO ARE THEY THAT LOVE GOD: 4 CHARACTERISTICS

Characteristic #1 – They are those who Yield to the transforming Love of God.
James 1:12
v.12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Characteristic #2 – They are those who Know the truth about Him
James 1:13-15
v.13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
v.14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
v.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Characteristic #3 – They are those who Know the truth about themselves
James 1:13-15 (see above)

Characteristic #4 – They are those who Stay with the Word of God
James 1:16-18
v.16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
v.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
v.18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Song: “Don’t you Fear” Ben Everson


Quarantine Sunday #2 – Purpose of Suffering

Posted: March 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Quarantine Sunday #2 – Purpose of Suffering

The Fivefold Purpose of Our Suffering

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Service for March 29th, 2020
Hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King”
Welcome/Prayer
Hymn “His Mercy Is More”
Special Music “Slow Down” sung by Sissel Kyrkjebø (lyrics below)
Sermon Outline

I. PURPOSE: WE MUST REPENT
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO TURN TO GOD

1. STOP TREASURING THE THINGS OF EARTH
2. PUT NOTHING ABOVE GOD
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Lk 13:4-5 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
2. Mt 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
3. Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn

II. PURPOSE: WE MUST RELY
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO TRUST GOD ALONE

1. NOT THE LIFE-SUSTAINING PROPS OF THE WORLD
2. NOT THE WORKS OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. II Cor 1:8-9 For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God Who raises the dead.
2. Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. Isaiah 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

III. PURPOSE: WE MUST REFLECT
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO BECOME HOLY

1. WE SUFFER TO BE LIKE CHRIST IN CHARACTER
2. WE SHARE HIS HOLINESS WITH ALL AROUND US
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Heb 12:6, 10-11 The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives…. He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
2. Rom 8:37-38 In all things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. Jn 16:20,33 You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

IV. PURPOSE: WE MUST RESPOND
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO STORE ETERNAL TREASURE

1. BENEFITS FOR ETERNITY
2. BENEFITS TO OTHERS NOW
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. II Cor 4:17 This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
2. Mt 5:11-12 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
3. II Cor 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

V. PURPOSE: WE MUST REST
A. SUFFERING CALLS US TO A GOD WHO CONTROLS ALL

1. OUR SUFFERING IS NOT GOD’S CONDEMNATION
2. RATHER, IT IS HIS PLAN FOR PURIFICATION
B. SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT
1. Phil 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and may share His sufferings.
2. Mk 10:45 The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
3. Ps 27:13-14; 119:76 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Lord may Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise.

Suffering is Painful
Suffering is Perplexing
Suffering is a Process
Suffering is Purifying
and
Suffering is Purposeful

Closing Hymn “Rock of Ages”
Prayer

[You may not know the modern song “Slow Down”, so words included.
It seems exactly what God is doing in our world right now.]

In the midst of my confusion
In the time of desperate need
When I am thinking not too clearly
A gentle voice does intercede

(Chorus)
Slow down, slow down, be still
Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord
Slow down and hear His voice
And know that He is God

In the time of tribulation
When I’m feeling so unsure
When things are pressing in about me
Comes a gentle voice so still, so pure

(Chorus)

[Also may need the words to a more modern worship hymn “His Mercy Is More”]

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Chorus)
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 2)
What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

(Verse 3)
What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more