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Preaching – Unique Proclamation (via Adam Ch’ng at Gospel Coalition Australia)

The words ‘sermon’ and ‘preaching’ fall out of use in some churches for a variety of reasons, both social and theological.
None of the replacement words or phrases really embrace the fulness of God imparting his grace to his people that is the act of a sermon being preached.
Whatever it’s called, as long as that is what is understood is happening.

Adam Ch’ng, at Gospel Coalition Australia, writes that –
Preaching is more than “sharing the Word”
Preaching is more than “explaining the Bible”
Preaching is more than “giving a Bible talk”

And concludes by writing

How then should we introduce the sermon?
We might unashamedly describe the sermon as “gospel proclamation” and call our churches to repent and believe. We might pray for our church to be not just informed but transformed by the Word. We might even ask our churches to “prepare to hear God speak”.
Whatever we might say, we must not diminish the supernatural significance of the preached word. Instead, we must lift our churches’ expectations of this sacred event. We need to aim higher.
For when we preach the Word with faithfulness, clarity and conviction, we are declaring Jesus’ victory over sin and death. We are transforming hearts, saving sinners and sanctifying the church. And we are acting as the mouthpiece of God who in that very moment is speaking light into the darkness.

Read the whole article at Gospel Coalition Australia.


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Lives Changed By Jesus 3 (preparing for MGPC 19/1/20)

Song: The Saving One
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: One True God
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Search Me, O God
Affirming our Faith
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 23: 26-56 – Jesus is crucified and buried.
Bible Memorisation: John 3:16-17
Baptism
Song: Jesus Shall Reign
Bible Reading: Luke 19:1-10
Sermon: Lives Changed By Jesus 3
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: This I Believe


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Lives Changed By Jesus 2 (preparing for MGPC 12/1/20)

Song: No Other Name
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Good And Gracious King
Prayer Of Confession
Song: How Great Thou Art
Affirming our Faith
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: Luke 23: 1-25 Jesus is tried, condemned, and sentenced by Pilate.
Bible Memorisation: John 3:16-17
Song: All Creatures Of Our God And King
Bible Reading: Acts 9: 1-22
Sermon: Lives Changed By Jesus 2
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love Of The Father


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Living Water (preparing for MGPC 5/1/20)

Song: Your Love So High
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Cornerstone
Prayer Of Confession
Song: O God Our Help In Ages Past
Affirming our Faith
Song: Unto God Be Praise And Honour
Bible Reading: Luke 22: 39-71 – Jesus prays at Gethsemane, is betrayed by Judas, arrested, denied by Peter, and condemned by the Sanhedrin.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Now Thank We All Our God
Bible Reading: John 4: 1-30
Sermon: Living Water
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: 10,000 Reasons


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What Kind Of Love? (preparing for MGPC 29/12/19)

Song: Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My Faith Looks Up To See
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 512
Song: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Luke 22: 1-38 – Jesus and His disciples observe the Passover, their Last Supper, at which Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper, even as Judas plots to betray Him .
Bible Memorisation: The Lord’s Prayer
Song: Hushed Was The Evening Hymn
Bible Reading: 1 John 2:28 – 3:3
Sermon: What Kind Of Love?
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: All Glory Be To Christ


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At The Right Time (preparing for MGPC 22/12/19)

Song: The Love Of The Father
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: In Tenderness
Prayer Of Confession
Song: On Jordan’s Bank The Baptist’s Cry
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 51
Song: Now To The King Of Heaven
Bible Reading: Luke 21: 1-38 – While teaching at the temple Jesus prophesies of its destruction.
Bible Memorisation:
Song: Who Is He In Yonder Stall
Bible Reading: Romans 5: 6-11
Sermon: At The Right Time
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Saved My Soul


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Never Alone (preparing for MGPC 15/12/19)

Song: Saviour Of The World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Saved My Soul
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Tell Out My Soul
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 50
Song: Now To Him Who Loved Us, Gave us
Bible Reading: Luke 20: 19-47 – Jesus fields the questions of the religious and political authorities in Jerusalem in the last week of his earthly ministry.
Bible Memorisation: Psalm 16:8-9
Song: O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Bible Reading: Colossians 4: 2-6
Sermon: Never Alone
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: One True God