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Jul 07, 2024

“Beware the Hardened Heart!”

Passage: Hebrews 3:7-19

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: Hebrews: Jesus is Superior

Category: Hebrews


Main Text - Hebrews 3:7-19, OT Reading - Psalm 95:1-11, NT Reading - Hebrews 3:7-19



for Sunday, July 7th, 2024 at 10:45 AM

Opening Song – Christ, Our Hope in Life and Death

Gospel Greeting – To those who are elect . . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.   1 Peter 1:1b-2

Call to Worship Song – TPH 100A – Shout to the LORD

Call to Worship – Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Hymn of Praise – NTH 305 – Arise, My Soul, Arise

Reading of Law – A Summary of the Ten Commandments & Great Commandment

(Silent Confession of Sin)

Confession of Sin – Most holy and merciful Father, we acknowledge and confess before you our sinful nature – prone to evil and slothful in good – and all our shortcomings and offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. O Lord, have mercy on us, who are ashamed and sorry for all the ways we have displeased you. Teach us to hate our errors, cleanse us from our secret faults, and forgive our sins for the sake of your dear Son. And O most holy and loving Father, send your purifying grace into our hearts, we beseech you, that we may henceforth live in your light and walk in your ways, according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly… But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.       Romans 5:6, 8

Exhortation to Give – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.           Gal. 6:10

Offering and Diaconal Collection with Prayer (Offertory: NTH 528 – My Faith Looks Up to Thee)

Doxology – NTH 732 – Doxology

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn of Preparation – NTH 521 – My Hope Is Built Nothing Less

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 95 / NT: Hebrews 3:7-19

Prayer for Illumination

Communion Sermon – An Exposition of Hebrews 3:7-19: “Beware the Hardened Heart!”

Jesus is our only confidence and hope in life and in death – but BEWARE the hardened heart!

1. Consider the rebellious wilderness generation! (Hebrews 3:7-11)

2. Take care you don’t have such an unbelieving heart! (Hebrews 3:12-14)

3. Watch out for disqualifying disbelief! (Hebrews 3:15-19)

Prayer of Application

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

(Bread: NTH 465 – Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord / Cup: NTH 307 – Nothing But the


  • Invitation, Warning, and Prayer of Consecration
  • Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed
  • Serving the Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Psalm – TPH 95C – Now with Joyful Exultation

Benediction – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.          2 Corinthians 13:14


Announcements – Week of 7/7/2024

1. Drop-in Prayer Time tomorrow, Sunday, July 7th, will take place from 9:00 to 9:30 AM in one of the front Sunday school rooms. All are invited to join!

2. Starting tomorrow July 7th, we will be starting up a 6-week elective Sunday school to watch a video series by John Gerstner on Heaven and Hell. This will be from 9:30-10:15 to give us some time of fellowship before the worship service!

3. The next Apologetics Movie Night is July 7th at 6:30 PM. We will be continuing the “Is Genesis History” series with a showing of “Is Genesis History: Volume 1- Rocks and Fossils” followed by comments/discussion! All are welcome! Feel free to invite friends and bring snacks!

4. Prayer for Revival – On Tuesday morning, July 9th, Pastor Phelps will be leading prayer here at the church from 8:00 – 8:45 AM. All are welcome!

5. There will be NO Evangelistic Bible study this Thursday!

6. Our annual Church Picnic will be Saturday, July 13th, at Covered Bridge Park in pavilion #1 and starts at 12 PM! (2465 Wehr Mill Rd, Allentown, Pa 18104) There is a sign-up sheet available in the hallway! We look forward to a fun time together!

7. Ladies, please join us for a shower of encouragement for MacKenzie McGinnis on Monday, July 29th at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be served. There will be a get-to-know-you time followed by a devotional and prayer time. No gifts unless you would like to bring a small unwrapped kitchen item. Please RSVP to Susan Bennett at  or 610-298-8914 by July 23rd.