Festus gives what was probably a common response to Paul in his day when he says, “Paul, you are out of your mind,” in Acts 26:24. Paul explains Christ’s power over death shown forth in the resurrection, and Festus stands astonished that such an educated man would hold to a preposterous belief like this. Paul carries on, though, knowing that preaching Christ crucified is, “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians 1:23)
Paul continued forward in the hope that, “it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21). It was not for Paul to explain every intricate detail of how God did what He did. Paul’s role was to proclaim what God did and why He did it as given to him from the Old Testament witness. He fulfilled his role, and we believe the message God gave through him.
Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.
Song of Ascent: Jesus, I Long for Thee
Call to Worship: Psalm 100
Song of Praise: Jesus the God of Grace (for lyrics, see #599 on this page)
Corporate Confession: (A time of silent confession before God)
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Promise of Forgiveness: Titus 3:5-6
Leader: “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,” –
The Affirmation of Faith The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 45
Leader: What does the “resurrection” of Christ profit us?
People: First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of that righteousness which he had purchased for us by his death; secondly, we are also by his power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
Song of Rejoicing: Be Thou My Vision
Scripture Reading: Acts 25:13-27 and Acts 26:1-32
The Response of Praise
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.