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Apr 11, 2021

“Does Jesus Need Your Advice?”

Passage: John 7:1-13

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 7:1-13, OT Reading - Leviticus 23:33-43, NT Reading - John 7:1-13, Reading of the Law – Exodus 20:1-17


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:45 AM



Opening Song – Living Hope


Gospel Greeting – Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Call to Worship Song – The Risen Christ

Call to Worship – Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 286 – Worship Christ, the Risen King

Reading of the Law – Exodus 20:1-17

Corporate Confession of Sin – Almighty, everlasting God, for our many sins we justly deserve eternal condemnation. In Your great mercy, You sent Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who won for us forgiveness of sins and everlasting righteousness. Grant us true repentance that, dead to sin, we may be raised up by faith in Your life-giving Gospel. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may be ever thankful and live a faithful and godly life in Your service; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Resurrection Hymn – NTH 267 – The Day of Resurrection

Exhortation to Give – Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Psalm 96:8

Doxology – NTH 731

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Readings – OT: Leviticus 23:33-43 / NT: John 7:1-13

Song of Preparation – Behold Our God

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 7:1-13: “Does Jesus Need Your Advice?”

Jesus knows what He’s doing and why He came into the world:

  1. Nevertheless, Jesus’ brothers give Him unsolicited worldly advice. (John 7:1-5)
  2. And so, Jesus declares His “against-the-world” mission and its timing. (John 7:6-9)
  3. But people have mixed worldly opinions about Jesus’ character and intentions. (John 7:10-13)

Prayer of Application

Hymn of Response – NTH 248 – Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended

Benediction – And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 1 Thess. 3:12-13


  ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 4/11/2021

  1. Wednesday - The Wednesday evening Bible Study and kids Club will be held this week, 4/14/21. The Bible Study will also be a Zoom event – the invite will go out on Wednesday.
  2. The next discussion group on the Westminster Confession of Faith will be tonight Sunday April 11thhere at the church at 6:00PM. Please touch base with Mark Maloney, Jr. for more information. Everyone is invited!
  3. The Men’s Breakfast will be held Saturday, April 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church.  Along with the continental breakfast, it is a time of fellowship, Bible discussion and prayer. Currently we are studying Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes. For April, please read chapter 7 "Discipline of Devotion". Breakfast will be provided. This event will also be on Zoom.
  4. The Trustees will meet here at the church on Tuesday evening, April 20th at 7:00PM.
  5. All ladies are invited to a shower of encouragement for Shannan (Truscott) Hertzog, Lauren Cairns (Tim Diem's fiancée) and Emily Bennett (by email) on Saturday, April 24 at 10:30 am at the Goonewardenes.  All women should have gotten an invitation in your mailbox.  
  6. Bright Hope Pregnancy Centers 40th Anniversary Walk for Life: This year, due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding the walk in-person and virtually on Saturday, May 1st. The in-person Walk for Life will take place at The Bethlehem Township Community Center Pavilion at 9:00 am (arrival 8:30 am). Attendance to the in-person walk is capped at 125 people. Masks are required when gathering in the pavilion, but not while walking.  For those who feel more comfortable walking virtually, we completely understand. Please still register and be sure to mark yourself as a virtual walker.  Register at brighthopecenters.org.  Click on Get Involved>Events>Lehigh Valley Walk for Life.  Everyone who registers for the 40th Anniversary Walk for Life will receive a T-shirt for participating — both in person and virtually. Please be sure to mark your t-shirt size when you register.  Sponsorship forms are available on hall table or they can be downloaded from the website.  Please speak to Mary Ann Truscott if you have any questions.
  7. Please check your mailbox for the new missionary prayer cards.