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SERVICE OF WORSHIP, MARCH 3, 2024

 “Knowing Christ and Making Him Known”

Welcome and good morning!   As you prepare for worship, please mediate on our memory verse from Mark 15:12, Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?’(NKJ) .

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WE WORSHIP JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

Prelude:  

 

 Call to Worship                                                                              From Acts 4:24-30 (NKJ)

L:  “They raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:

 ALL: `Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?

 L:  The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ.’

 ALL:  “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

 L:  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

ALL: Stretch out Your hand to heal, that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”“

Chorus of Worship, “The Name of the Lord Most High” (Prov 18:10)

 

  1. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Most High! (repeat)

  1. Glory to the Name of the Lord …..

Bridge:

The Name of the Lord is a strong tower

The righteous run in to it and they are saved (repeat)

  1. Holy is the Name of the Lord …. (repeat and end)

 

Prayer of Confession and Invocation

Assurance of Pardon from Acts 3:19 (NKJ)

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,

so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”

Hymn of Worship   # 347 “And Can it Be”                  

 

WE PRAY TO JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

Sharing of Praises and Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9–13 (KJV)

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”  

WE HEAR JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

 

Memory Verse for today, Mark 15:12 (NKJ)

“Pilate answered and said to them again,

“What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”“

Memory Verse for March 10, Mark 15:21 (NKJ)

“[The soldiers] compelled a certain man,

Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus,

as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.”

Reading from Mark 15:1-15 (NKJ)

 “In the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.

 2 Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”

 3 And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.

 4 Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!”

 5 But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.

 6 Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.

 7 And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.

 8 Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.

 9 But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

 10 For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

 12 Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

 13 So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”

 14 Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”

 15 So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”

 

Song of Praise    “With Harps and With Viols, This New Song”

By Arthur T. Pierson (1837-1911) In Public Domain

Based on Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10

Adapted to sing to “Revive Us Again” (# 434)

  1. With / harps and with viols, there now / stands a great throng
    In the / presence of Jesus, and sings this new song:

Refrain:
Un-to /Him who has loved us and has/ washed us from sin,
Unto /Him be the glory!  For-ever, Amen!

  1. All / these lost in sin, and de-filed in His sight,
    Now ar-rayed in pure garments in / praise they unite. [Refrain]

  1. The/ re-bel He makes both a / priest and a king;
    He has/ bought us and taught us this /new song to sing. [Refrain]

  1. How / helpless we were, and how/ hopeless we’d be,
    If He /never had loved us and from/ sin set us free! [Refrain]

  1. A-loud in His praise, now our / voices shall ring,
    So that / others believing, this / new song shall sing. [Refrain]

Tithes and Offerings                                                                                             Offertory

WE CONSIDER JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

Children’s Bible Chat:      

After the chat, children 7 and under are invited to attend the Children’s Church by leaving through the door next to the organ.

Sermon from Mark 15:1-15, A Look at Pilate who condemned a Man he knew was innocent.

CONTEXT: As we move toward Easter, we are making character sketches those involved with the Lord’s crucifixion, and  this morning we come to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, the man who condemned Jesus to death. While he is mentioned by the contemporary Jewish historian Josephus, Pilate is known primarily from  this one act of injustice against an innocent man, so let’s give a closer look at what the NT tells about him

[1] Pilate was A Man Condemned  by his Confrontation with Jesus (Mark 15:1-5)

  1. Pilate confronts Jesus with the charge of the Sanhedrin that he claimed to be “Christ the King” (Luke 23:2) , so is He? (Matt 2:1)

  1. Jesus confronts Pilate with His answer (2a), and John 18:26 tells how Jesus describes His kingdom

  1. Pilate is amazed at Jesus’ silence before the confrontation of the priests (vs. 3-5). Why was He silent (Isa 53:7)?

Apply:  As Pilate initially found Jesus to be without fault (John 18:38), what do you say when confronted by Jesus?

[2] Pilate was A Man Condemned  by his Conflict with  Jesus   (15:6-9)

  1. Pilate is conflicted between Barabbas and Jesus (vs. 6-7), despite the pleading from his wife (Matt 27:19)

  1. He passes off his conflict to the multitude (vs. 8-9) while declaring Jesus innocent a 2nd time (Luke 23:13-15)
  2. Apply: Are you conflicted about Choosing Christ?

[3]  Pilate was A Man Condemned before the Innocence of Jesus  (15:10-14)

  1. After a 3rd questioning (John 19:9-14), Pilate again declares Jesus innocent

  1. Pilate asks the crowd to name an evil done by this innocent man (v. 14)–and they can’t!

  1. Apply: What is the importance of the innocence of Jesus? (Heb 7:27)

[4] Pilate was A Man Condemned By Other’s Opinions about Jesus    (12-15)

A Pilate’s mind is swayed by asking others their opinion –and washes his hands of the whole matter (Matt 27:24)

  1. He tries to get in the last opinion, but it’s too late (John 19:19)

 Closing Application : Although Pilate continues to pop up in the NT (Mark 15:43-45; Matt 27:62-55; Acts 3:13; 4:27, 13:28, 1 Tim 6:13), he is only remembered because of his unjust condemnation of the innocent Jesus—a man with no moral compass: he knew what was the right decision, but failed to make it., so are you anything like Pilate?  

COMMUNING WITH JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

Music of Preparation    “A Cross Medley”

Confession of Faith  (Recent translation of the Apostle’s Creed)

Christian, What do you Believe?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN

[*”catholic” referring to the universal “one body” of Christ]

Celebration of Holy Communion

All who have trusted Jesus as Savior, who follow Him as Lord, who are part of an evangelical church, and who have examined themselves by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 11:28) are invited to share Communion with us.

WE COMMIT TO JESUS WHO TOOK OUR CONDEMNATION

Hymn of Commitment # 560 “More About Jesus”

VERSE OF COMMITMENT  James 4:17   (NKJ)

“To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

BENEDICTION FROM  1 TIMOTHY  6:13-16 (NKJ)

 “I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,  that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords …, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”

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