Preparing for Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 | God Opened the Door

Preparing for Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 | God Opened the Door

My brother, you may sit down when God says, “Well done!” for then your trust will be discharged; but it is at your peril that you rest satisfied with any thing short of this. Keep that reward in view, and you will not, I trust, be unfaithful in the service of your Lord.

– Andrew Fuller, The Complete Works, Vol. 1

This Sunday we continue in Acts 13. The title of this week’s sermon, “God Opened the Door,” takes its cue from Acts 14:27—”And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” We hope you will take this opportunity to browse the highlights from this upcoming Sunday’s bulletin below, read ahead in the text, and prepare for worship in prayer. This Sunday we also have the special privilege of welcoming Bishop Julian Dobbs. We hope that you extend to him a kind welcome.


First Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:44-46

Sermon TextActs 14:1-28

A Prayer for Today: “ALMIGHTY God, who sees that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music: “Creation Sings the Father’s Song”




“What coward would not fight when he is sure of victory?”

—Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed


“Go forth and tell! O church of God, awake!

God’s saving news to all the nations take;

proclaim Christ Jesus, Savior, Lord, and King,

that all the world his worthy praise may sing.”

– James Seddon, Go Forth and Tell!