January 12, 2020
This week, we'll look at the doctrine of the Fall. We'll pay particular attention to its effects as well as its cure.
"Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy"
The last verse speaks directly to our condition as well as the readiness of Christ to embrace us: "Come, ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the Fall; if you tarry till you're better, you will never come at all. I will arise and go to Jesus, he will embrace me in his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O, there are ten-thousand charms!"
"O Great God"
The second verse is a really transparent chance to sing of the God who gave light to our darkened hearts: "I was blinded by my sin, had no ears to hear your voice, did not know your love within, had no taste for heaven's joys. Then your Spirit gave me life, opened up your Word to me through the gospel of your Son, gave me endless hope and peace."
We'll then end the corporate singing with an affirmation of the gospel that Christ came to save sinners like us! "There is Love that came for us, humbled to a sinner's cross. You broke my shame and sinfulness, you rose again, victorious. You are stronger, sin is broken, you have saved me. It is written, Christ is risen. Jesus, you are Lord of all!"
Communion – "And Can It Be"
We felt like it was especially pertinent this morning to sing at least a portion of this beautiful hymn by Charles Wesley. "Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast-bound in sin and nature's night. Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light. My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth and followed thee."
Response – "He Will Hold Me Fast"
Finally, we'll be sent out with the assurance of the gospel that we've sung all morning. Salvation belongs to the Lord (Ps. 37:39, Ps. 62:7, Isa. 43:11, Isa. 45:21, Jer. 3:23, Hos. 13:4, Jonah 2:9, Rev. 7:10, Rev. 19:1) and Christ will lose nothing of what has been given to him by the Father (John 6). What great assurance for those of us found in Christ. Let us sing and go on rejoicing throughout the week. For our Savior loves us SO. He will hold us fast.