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Jun 14, 2020

Elders Hold Fast to the Gospel

Passage: Titus 1:1-9

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: None

Category: Titus


Main Text - Titus 1:5-9, OT Reading - Exodus 18:13-27, NT Reading - Titus 1:1-9


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP for Sunday, June 14th, 2020 - with the ordination & installation of Dean R. Batten to the office of Ruling Elder



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

Call to Worship Song – Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord

Call to Worship – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Ps. 145:3

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 92 – A Mighty Fortress

Reading of God’s Law – Romans 3:19-20

Confession of Sin – Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us. And grant, O merciful Father, for Jesus’ sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and joyful life, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Declaration of Pardon – But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. Romans 3:21-22a

Exhortation to Give – Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. 1 Chron. 16:29

Doxology – NTH 731

Ordination and Installation of Dean R. Batten to the Office of Ruling Elder

Warrant & Nature of the Office

Ordination Vows:

(1) Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testa­ments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?

(2) Do you sincerely receive and adopt the Confession of Faith and Catechisms of this Church, as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures?

(3) Do you approve of the government, discipline, and wor­ship of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?

(4) Do you promise to seek the purity, the peace, and the unity of the church?

(5) Do you accept the office of ruling elder in this congregation and promise, in reliance on the grace of God, faithfully to perform all the duties thereof?

Congregational Vow:

Do you, the members of this church, acknowledge and re­ceive this brother as a ruling elder, and do you prom­ise to yield him all that honor, encouragement, and obedience in the Lord, to which his office, according to the Word of God and the constitution of this Church, entitles him?

Prayer of Ordination with Laying on of Hands

Declaration of Ordination:

I now declare that Dean R. Batten has been regu­larly elected, ordained, and installed a ruling elder in this church, agreeably to the Word of God, and according to the constitution of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; and that he is entitled to all that honor, encouragement, and obedience in the Lord to which his office entitles him.

Right Hand of Fellowship

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Readings – OT: Exodus 18:13-27 / NT: Titus 1:1-9


– NTH 353 – I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord

– Let It Be Said of Us

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of Titus 1:5-9: “Elders Hold Fast to the Gospel”

Christ calls and equips elders by His grace to oversee His flock. That grace is evident:

  1. Relationally – in his family (Titus 1:5-6)
  2. Negatively – in what he is not. (Titus 1:7)
  3. Positively – in what he is. (Titus 1:8)
  4. Doctrinally – in his devotion to the Gospel. (Titus 1:9)

Prayer of Application

Closing Song – NTH 345 – Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Benediction – The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! Psalm 128:5


Announcements – Ministry Opportunities – Week of 6/14/2020

1. Today we will be having the Ordination and Installation of Dean Batten to the office of Ruling Elder

2. Following the Worship Service today, we will be having an Ice Cream Social out in the parking lot.

3. You can still give to the Home Missions – Spring Offering 2020. Use the tithe box in the back or either mail in the gift or use the secure online giving portal.

4. This Sunday evening 6/14, the Scott’s will host a “Potluck Dinner Gathering” over Zoom at 5:30pm. This will be a time for fellowship. Look for the Zoom invitation by 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

5. Next Sunday – June 21thwe will be baptizing Luke Maloney, son of Mark and Katie Maloney.

6. Wednesday evening we will again be having our Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship time starting at 7:00pm. Look for your Zoom invitation on Wednesday afternoon.

7. A reminder - We are again participating in the Bright Hope baby bottle campaign – 2020 from Mother's Day to Father's Day, June 21st (next Sunday). All the information about this is now posted on the website under Outreach/Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Center.