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Feast of Trumpets 2017: 'Make Your Calling and Election Sure'

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Prayer

Hymn 1 Hallelujah! Praise God! p.26

Hymn 2 The Lord Eternal Reigns! p.9

The Feast of Trumpets introduces the autumn festivals—representing the culmination of the present age of man and the beginning of an incredible time during which God will play a much more direct part in world events. Indeed, this festival, a Holy Day, signals the intervention of God in the affairs of humanity on a global basis. The Feast of Trumpets thus represents a dramatic turning point in mankind’s history.

This particular festival also marks the beginning of the third and final feast season (Exodus 23:14; Deuteronomy 16:16), which includes the final four Holy Days of the year.

The Feast of Trumpets depicts nothing less than the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God! The book of Revelation reveals a sequence of earth-shaking events heralded by angels sounding a series of seven trumpet blasts. The seventh angel’s sounding of the last trumpet signifies that “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15, English Standard Version). The Bible foretells that at this time Jesus Christ will at last return to the earth. Of all the prophecies in the Bible, this one surely heralds the most exciting news possible for this weary and sin-filled world!

The Feast of Trumpets also marks the future fulfillment of the many Old Testament prophecies that speak of a Messiah coming as a king of the line of David who will sit on the throne of Israel and rule with power and authority over all nations.

As believers, we know the words we want to hear when Christ returns, these are recorded in Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Sometimes we can get anxious when we think about how prepared we are for the kingdom of God. Have we grown enough, have we done all that we should to prepare? But much more problematic if we were caught up in the affairs of this world thinking we still have plenty of time. Each of us wants to be ready for that day. When Jesus Christ returns we will be either ready or not.

In today’s Scripture readings, let us focus on the exhortations to prepare ourselves for the coming of our savior Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God. But let it also be made clear that it is only through God’s grace that we can be saved (Ephesians 2:8).

Reader # 1 will read from 2 Peter 3:13-18 on what terms we need to be “growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

1st Reader: 2 Peter 3:13-18, 1 Peter 2:2-5,9-10, Psalm 92:12

Thank you, reader. May we rise and sing praises to our God.

Hymn 3 How Good it is to Thank the Lord p.39

Hymn 4 Joyfully Sing and Praise God p.14

Our next reader will read about what we should be prioritizing in our lives.These are the parables that come to mind when we talk about being ready for the Return of Jesus Christ.

2nd Reader: Matthew 25:1-13, 2 Timothy 4:1-5

3rd Reader: Matthew 25. 14-30, 1 Corinthian 4:1,2

Hymn 5 O Lord, the Refuge of Each Generation p.44

Hymn 6 Rejoice in God p.210

The other theme from our previous readings is the fact we don’t know when the “Master” will return. In the New Testament, Christ’s second coming is often likened to the coming of a thief. So our need therefore to be constantly watching, not letting our guard down.  Our need also to constantly check our spiritual compass, always be doing, awake and ready at all times for the coming of the Lord!

4th Reader: Matthew 24:42-51, Revelation 16:15

Hymn 7 Open My Eyes that I May See p. 2.2

Hymn 8 Who Is on the Lord Side p. 164

Watch and Pray

Special Music Offering

In Matthew 8 we can see the words plainly talking about those who will be in the Kingdom and who will not. God did not call us to fail but to be a success, to be victorious in our life’s battle. We should look soberly at the lessons but we need to remember that God is on our sides and is helping us to succeed in every step of the way. We can read that in 1 Thessalonians that God is helping us to make our “calling and election sure”, steadfast to the end.

5th  Reader: Matthew 8:10-12, Luke 13:28, Matthew 25:31-46

6th Reader: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 , 2 Thessalonians 2:13

Hymn 9 Onward Christian Soldiers p.97

Hymn 10 Stand up, Stand up for Jesus p.2.9

So let’s now look at the hope filled meaning of Trumpets according to what Paul inspired to write, as a way to provide continuing hope and anticipation for the coming of Christ in Romans 8 and 1 Thessalonians…

Concluding verses,

7th Reader: Romans 8:16-25, Titus 3:7,1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

The Feast of Trumpets is a constant reminder for everyone to be mindful, watchful and always be preparing for Christ’s Return. It is an occasion for us to be always on guard, as anything can happen between now and the Lord’s return. We need to think soberly, while at the same time happy that finally, our redemption is nearer than we first believe!

With all that we have heard brethren, let us pray confidently and full of hope “Thy kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10)!

Closing Hymns

Hymn 11 When Christ Shall Come p.126

Hymn 12 In Majesty He will Come p.213

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