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Jan 17, 2021

“Jesus Equal with God”

Passage: John 5:1-18

Preacher: Pastor Tony Phelps

Series: John: That You May Believe

Category: John


Main Text - John 5:1-18, OT Reading - Psalm 65:1-13 , NT Reading - John 5:1-18, Reading of Law – Deuteronomy 5:1-21


LIVING HOPE OPC ORDER OF WORSHIP - Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at 10:45 AM



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

Call to Worship Song – The Risen Christ (O Breath of God Come Fill This Place)

Call to Worship – Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

Prayer of Adoration & Invocation

Opening Hymn – NTH 181 – We Come, O Christ, to You

Reading of Law – Deuteronomy 5:1-21

Confession of Sin – Almighty God, we confess we have broken your commandments. We have sinned by selfishness, worldliness, unbelief and pride. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves, and we have not walked humbly with you. Forgive us our sins and blot out our debts according to your tender mercies, according to your loving kindness. Cleanse us by the blood of Jesus your Son. Give us a humble and contrite heart that we might forgive others as you have forgiven us. We ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Rom. 8:31-34

Confession of Faith (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 1)

Leader: Christian, what is your only comfort in life and in death?

People: That I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has delivered me from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, also assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Exhortation to Give – As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Tim. 6:17-19

Doxology – NTH 733

Prayer for Collection & Pastoral Prayer

Scripture Readings – OT: Psalm 65:1-13 / NT: John 5:1-18

Medley – God of Grace & NTH 170 – Fairest Lord Jesus

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon – An Exposition of John 5:1-18: “Jesus Equal with God”

Jesus words and actions show He is equal with the Father.

  1. The setting: the invalid at the pool of Bethesda. (John 5:1-5)
  2. Jesus engages and heals the man by His Word – on the Sabbath. (John 5:6-9)
  3. The outcome: the legalistic leaders begin their plot. (John 5:10-16)
  4. Jesus’ healing words and works show He is equal with the Father. (John 5:17-18)

Prayer of Application

Closing Song – NTH 165 – Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

Benediction – May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 15:5-6


ANNOUNCEMENTS – Week of 1/17/2021

  1. SUNDAY - The next discussion on the Westminster Confession of Faith will be next Sunday evening, January 17th (tonight) here at the church at 6:00PM. Please touch base with Mark Maloney, Jr. for more information. Everyone is invited!
  2. WEDNESDAY - The Adult Bible Study will be held here at the church. The Youth Group is on hiatus until further notice and there will be no Kids’ Club this Wednesday 1/20/21. The Zoom notice for the Bible Study will be sent out by Wednesday.
  3. The annual Congregational and Corporation Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:00pm. Please put this on your calendar. We ask ALL members of LHOPC to attend.
  • Proposed bylaw changes will be presented at the Congregational Meeting.
  • The Proposed 2021 Budget was sent to all members and there are some printed copies on the table in the hallway.
  1. Ladies' Bible study will resume meeting on 1/28 at Living Hope in the auditorium, at 10AM. Join us as we explore the riches of God's grace as shown to us in the book of Ephesians. Any questions, please ask Andie Batten.
  2. The fellowship committee will meet on Sunday, 1/31, after church in the double S.S. room. Come out and help us plan how best to foster fellowship in these interesting times. A light lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the sheet in the hallway. If you can't attend the meeting but would like to be involved, let Andie Batten know.
  3. Due to ongoing Covid Limitations we are not generating schedules for now regarding most areas of church duties such as greeters, ushers, nursery, and kitchen, etc. One area we do still need is transporting Tom Fels to and from church/work on Sunday morning. If anyone is willing to be part of this schedule, please sign up on the sheet on the hallway bulletin board or talk to Skip.
  4. Anyone that is interested in watching the wedding of Shannan Truscott and Nick Hertzog via live stream on Saturday January 23, 2021 at 1:30pm, please give the Truscott’s your preferred email so the link can be sent to you.