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June 20, 2021

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Reformed Theological Seminary
2101 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

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Welcome and Call to Worship

A Mighty Fortress

A mighty fortress is our God,
a Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be:
Christ Jesus it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same,
And he must win the battle!

And though this world with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him
His rage we can endure,
for lo his doom is sure
One little word shall fell him!

That Word above all earthly pow’r,
no thanks to them abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
The body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever!

Words/Music: Martin Luther; Arr. Will Milks; CCLI License #11029770

Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
Thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tow’r:
Raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance now and always:
Thou and thou only the first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Mary E. Byrne and Eleanor H. Hull; Music: Traditional Irish melody; PD; CCLI License #11029770

Confession of Faith

Westminster Shorter Catechism 86

Q. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Pastoral Prayer

Giving

Psalm 62

My soul finds rest in God alone:
My rock and my salvation;
A fortress strong against my foes;
And I will not be shaken!
Though lips may bless, and hearts may curse,
And lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness––
I’ll look to him who hears me!

O praise him, hallelujah!
My Delight and my Reward!
Everlasting, never failing:
My Redeemer, my God!

Find rest, my soul, in God alone,
Amid the world’s temptations.
When evil seeks to take a hold,
I’ll cling to my salvation!
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them.
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.

O praise him, hallelujah!
My Delight and my Reward!
Everlasting, never failing:
My Redeemer, my God!

I’ll set my gaze on God alone
And trust in him completely.
With ev’ry day, pour out my soul,
And he will prove his mercy!
Though life is but a fleeting breath––
A sigh too brief to measure––
My King has crushed the curse of death,
And I am his forever!

O praise him, hallelujah!
My Delight and my Reward!
Everlasting, never failing:
My Redeemer, my God!

Words/Music: Aaron Keyes and Stuart Townend; © 2007 Thankyou Music; CCLI License #11029770

Sermon

Series: All Things United in Christ
Sermon: Take the Shield and the Helmet
Ephesians 6:16-20

16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Outline

Take Up the Your Faith

Take Hold of Your Salvation

Grace Alone

I was an orphan, lost at the fall,
Running away when I’d hear your call;
But Father, you worked your will.
I had no righteousness of my own;
I had no right to draw near your throne;
But Father, you loved me still.

And, in love,
before you laid the world’s foundation,
You predestined to
adopt me as your own.
You have raised me up so high above my station;
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone!

You left your home to seek out the lost;
You knew the great and terrible cost;
But Jesus, your face was set.
I worked my fingers down to the bone;
Nothing I did could ever atone;
But Jesus, you paid my debt!

By your blood
I have redemption and salvation!
Lord, you died
that I might reap what you have sown;
And you rose that I might be a new creation––
I am born again by grace and grace alone!

I was in darkness all of my life;
I never knew the day from the night;
But Spirit, you made me see.
I swore I knew the way on my own––
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone––
But Spirit, you moved in me.

At your touch,
my sleeping spirit was awakened;
On my darkened heart
the light of Christ has shone;
Called into a kingdom that cannot be shaken––
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone!

So I’ll stand in faith by grace and grace alone!
I will run the race by grace and grace alone!
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone!
I will reach the end by grace and grace alone!

Music/Words: Dustin Kensrue; © 2013 Dead Bird Theology, It’s All About Jesus Music, and We Are Younger We Are Faster Music; CCLI License #11029770

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