Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Unregenerate

Note: This summer, Pastor emeritus Bickel is highlighting various words, used in certain topical messages, with explanation and Scripture links.

The unregenerate soul lives in a riled state.
1 Corinthians 2:14 describes that soul's pathetic

 condition which is incapable of grasping spiritual
realities. Unless God's Holy Spirit breaks forth
upon that individual soul, that unregenerate

soul will be forever darkened. 


“The Unregenerate” - This Sunday's “summer snippet”

Short definition of “unregenerate:”


Not regenerated; not renewed in heart; remaining at enmity with God. Those who do not acknowledge the Triune God and have not experienced His saving power and grace upon their sinful lives. Those who live their lives in unbelief – not believing in the very Christ who died for their priceless souls.

The word, “unregenerate” won’t be found in the Old Testament Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Nor will the word “Triune” [God] be found either. But, they are words of weighty significance which are highly descriptive. “Unregenerate” describes the utter sinful condition of a human being (soul) who is lost and helpless, - and who cannot approach the living and true [Triune] God to help save his lost and condemned position before a holy and just God.
Following are some Scriptures which help us to understand this [wretched] “unregenerate” condition, which describe those who haven’t experienced the Triune God’s saving grace in their very lives:

The Scriptures teach about the
woeful sinful condition of every
human being. Sinners, sin
because they were born that
way; and sinners, sin because of
daily personal choice.
Scriptures dealing with the [sinful] “depravity of man:”

Genesis 6:5 - “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – KJV

Psalm 51:5 - “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” – KJV

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:…..” – KJV

Matthew 15:16-20 - So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” – NKJV

Romans 8:6-8 - “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Matthew 7:17- “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”

Please Also Note:

So – How Does a Person Pass From an Unregenerate State to a Regenerate State?

Please reference the following:



This Week’s Related Scriptures -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures:

Psalm 25:1-22 – Especially verse Psalm 25:4-5 and Psalm 25:8-9. The “Lord” is not called “Lord” for nothing. He is the initiating force and factor in the life of a child of God.

New Testament Christian Scriptures: 

John 3:1-21 – Christ must illuminate the needy and sinful human soul. In the Greek language, the phrase in verse 3 is: being born “from above.” This correlates with John 1:12-13. Even though a sinner is commanded to repent and believe, that process initiates from the good and gracious action of a loving Triune God.

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3


Please Note: Topical Christian Messages, by subject


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Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Imprecatory Prayer

Note: This summer, Pastor emeritus Bickel is highlighting various words of certain topical messages, with explanation and Scripture links.

This Sunday's Summer Snippet -

“Imprecatory Prayer"

In my earlier years, I never understood some of the Psalm verses where the Psalm writer would pray, calling down God’s judgment upon his enemies. To me, this whole concept seemed so strange and at odds with Christ’s teaching to love one’s enemies.

But with Holy Scripture, it must be remembered, that certain Scriptures do not contradict one another – but merely accent one another. Simple minds will be quick to accuse Christians who attempt to live their lives, (heart and soul) according to the Bible. Simple minds will accuse Christians of believing in a book that is full of contradictions.
Please see: Understanding the Bible – Reasons Why Non Christians Don’t Comprehend the Holy Scriptures

These skeptics are legend and they are those who have never learned to search below any surface. These same skeptics, in the first place, fail to recognize the Scriptures for what the Scriptures claim to be – and, secondly, they fail to realize that something that is “paradoxical” in nature, is not, then, necessarily, and therefore, “contradictory.” Hence, the case, with Imprecatory Prayer.

Imprecatory prayers are no more than requesting God to commence His sentence of judgment upon the (unregenerate) wicked

Scripture is filled with God’s impending judgment upon the unregenerate wicked. [Examples: Psalm 5:4-6 ; Psalm 11:4-6] When the good and gracious, and, (not to forget), the judicious Lord, promises to judge the wicked, He will definitely do so. God’s judgment upon the unregenerate will certainly fall. There will be no “middle ground.” The Scriptural Psalms relate that a person is either godly or ungodly – no shades of gray. Psalm 1:1-6

And so, fully knowing the wicked’s fate, a Christian, can, in good and godly conscience cry out to God for deliverance from the wicked and the unregenerate’s machinations of evil upon his life.

Here is just a short list of Imprecatory prayers:

Psalm 5:9-10 ; Psalm 7:6-9 ; Psalm 9:19-20 ; Psalm 10:15 ; Psalm 139:19-24

Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect [complete] hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:19-24


I cringe for America, our current society and especially our present culture for having reeked havoc upon God’s perfect intentions. The Triune God has perfectly made known His intentions in the “Ten Commandments” and also, His (whole) revelation gift of the Bible -- yet, (as a case in point) our culture needlessly and wantonly continues to slaughter innocent pre-born lives, by the millions! It's called: "genocide." Only a fool would think that the God of human history (who revealed Himself in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures - the Bible), would not exact temporal {present} and eternal justice and punishment for sin and sins' heinous acts.

The just and eternal end of those who reject the Lord (Creator) of Life

Those who acknowledge and live their lives in accordance with their Creator Christ have nothing to fear in this life and the life (everlasting) to come. They will have put their faith in God's ultimate sacrifice of [holy] sin cleansing blood for their human sin (s) - Christ.

However, those of you who continue to resist the truth of God, as revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures and refuse to accept the Christ and His free gift of forgiveness in that cleansing sacrifice for personal sin, -- you will, by your same Creator be held eternally and damnably accountable. There will not be life, everlasting, but rather, death, everlasting. John 3:14-21 ; Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

Those of you who reject Christ and His offered forgiveness for your damning sins, your future life after physical death will be a real life of continual suffering and torment of death, everlasting. The same Creator who created you and who offers you eternal life, will judge you for your unregenerate condition at the time of death. Acts 17:31 ; Matthew 25:31-46

May the good and gracious Creator God, who sent his one and only Son (the prophesied Christ) have Mercy upon you who are skeptical and hard hearted to believe. May you be illumined by His Holy Spirit to see the Light [John 12:44-50] and to come humbly (in true faith) [Luke 18:9-14] before the forgiving Savior. John 3:14-21

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple
worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Old Testament:

Psalm 12:8 – An apt description of our present day culture – Hollywood, included

Psalm 15:1 and Psalm 15:4 – A "rationale" for imprecatory prayers

New Testament Readings:

Gospel of Matthew 25:1f – Christ’s parables of the Wise and Foolish Virgins and, The Talents – also, the eternal judgment of the “sheep” and the “goats”

Epistle of Romans 1:18-32 – The wrath of God revealed from heaven and the description of human resistance to the truth of God

John 12:44-50 - The utter necessity of the "Light" and narrow path -- See also: Matt. 7:13-29

Ephesians 1:1-10 - Note the beginning verses. The sinner / unregenerate is, completely "dead" in his sins!

1 Corinthians 2:14 - Describes the "natural man" - aka, the "unregenerate."

Please note: That without the illumination of God, the Holy Spirit, there can be no spiritual life [genuine faith in Christ]. Only by God's grace and mercy created in your soul, can you truly be a Christian believer. Ephesians 2:8-10

Also, note Luther's explanation of the 3rd Article of the Apostle's Creed:

"I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ , my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost [Spirit] has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers, and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead, and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true."

[Dr. Martin Luther [b. 1483; d. 1546]

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Righteous - A Summer Snippet Of The Christian Message

This web author will be doing something different this summer. Pastor emeritus Bickel will highlight various parts of certain topical messages, with explanation and Scripture links.

This Sunday's Summer Snippet

For Reference - A couple of topical messages, highlighting "the righteous:"

"When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found; clothed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."

[TLH - CPH; c. 1941 - "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"]

Who are the Righteous?

The "righteous" are those who are "clothed" with the “spiritual garments” (holy “clothes”) of Christ – His person and perfection. They will be afforded a place in God's kingdom (heaven). Matthew 22:1-14 is a parable of Jesus, which helps in our understanding of this “covering” of Christ’s righteousness. Also, we have Scripture’s further description - Philippians 3:8;9:

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" - Philippians 3:8; - KJV

The righteous are children of God. They, by faith, have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and are God's children [Galatians 3:22-29] as opposed to those who are God's "children of wrath," and "children of disobedience." Ephesians 2:3 ; Ephesians 5:6

Psalm 1:1-6 - You are either righteous or wicked. There are no gray areas with the Triune God.

Question: How do you obtain Christ’s righteousness to be righteous?

Sinful souls are made righteous by God, by His grace, through faith:

Please note: The bold lettering below, is for emphasis of God's grace (undeserved mercy and kindness) and, also for belief and faith.

Ephesians 2:1 - "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" - KJV

Ephesians 2:4 - "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us," - KJV

Ephesians 2:5 - "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" - KJV

Ephesians 2:8;9;10 - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." - KJV

Titus 3:5;6;7 - "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." - KJV

Romans 1:16 - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - KJV

Romans 1:17 - "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith." - KJV

Rom 3:22;23;24;25;26 - "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." - KJV

Romans 4:3 - "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." - KJV

Romans 4:5 - "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." – KJV

Romans 4:6 - "Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works," - KJV

Romans 4:11 - "And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:" - KJV

Romans 4:13 - "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." - KJV

Galatians 2:16 - "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." - KJV

Please Reference: The Gospel of John 1:1-21 ; also: John 3:36

See also: Hebrews 11:6 - noting that it is faith which pleases God.

Finally, it must be noted that the whole salvation (rescue) process of a human soul from eternal damnation and alienation from God, [hell] is initiated by the Triune God. It is His work entirely, from beginning until end. [Jeremiah 31:18;19 ; John 1:12;13 ; James 1:16] And, that act is accomplished through the means of the Word of God (the Gospel). See: Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Related to the above "Summer Snippet:"


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Related Scriptures [above] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”


Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Grace of Repentance


Pathetically, Repentance is Not Correctly Emphasized in Christian Preaching and Teaching

Definition:

"Grace" - The Triune God's undeserved mercy and kindness to the sinner - John 3:14-21

Perhaps, least preached and taught about from “Christian” churches, is the Biblical subject of “repentance.” Repentance defined, is that deep sorrow over personal sin which then seeks (in faith) the mercies of Almighty forgiving God. Some examples of Godly repentance are easily spotted in the historical accounts of Scripture:

The Apostle Peter after having betrayed Christ – Luke 22:31-34 ; Luke 22:25-62

King David after having been convicted of his sins of adultery and murder - 2 Samuel 12:1-14 ; Psalm 32:1-11 ; Psalm 51:1f

The ancient city of Nineveh - Jonah 1:1-2 ; Jonah 3:1-10

The Cheating Tax Collector, Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10

The Thief on the cross next to Christ - Luke 23:39-43

Remember John the Baptist’s ministry?

Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, - Matthew 3:4-8 - NKJV

Remember Christ’s ministry?

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” - Matthew 4:17 – NKJV

Also reference the following Scriptures on repentance:

Isaiah 55:7 ; Jeremiah 4:14 ; Matthew 9:13 ; Mark 1:15 ; Luke 5:32 ; Luke 10:13 Luke 13:3 ; Luke 15:7 ; Luke 15:10 ; Luke 24:47 ; Acts 2:38 ; Acts 3:19 ; Acts 11:18 ; Acts 17:30 ; Acts 20:21 ; Acts 26:20 ; 2 Timothy 2:25-26; Hebrews 6:1

Why is Repentance a grace?

Simply put, repentance is something outside the human soul’s capacity. Repentance from sin stems from God’s pure grace. God requires repentance – that is, a change of mind and direction on the part of the sinner. But, that change of mind and direction (toward God) cannot be possessed by the sinner. He cannot of his own will or doing drum up repentance anymore than he or she can drum up belief in Christ! Repentance is a divine gift showered upon the needy soul which is always “hell-bent” to do the sinful action. Isaiah 53:6 ; Romans 5:12

Please take a look at the following Scriptures. These Scriptures deal with God leading a soul to repentance. In other words, genuine (true) repentance is initiated by God and is His work:

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. KJV – Acts 11:18

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. – KJV - 2 Timothy 2:25;26

"Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." KJV - Acts 5:31

Also note:

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."- KJV - John 15:5

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." – KJV - Philippians 2:13

See also: Psalm 80:3;7;19

Repentance and belief go together

It is preposterous to claim you are Christ’s disciple and not to have repented. It is a sham to say that you are a believer and not have your lifestyle behavior conform to Godly standards according to the divine revelation! The New Testament Book of James makes this very clear. The Christian New Testament speaks of “fruit” – results of faith:

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." - KJV - Matthew 3:7-10

Those who trumpet God’s forgiveness and by-pass repentance

Those church members who think that their generous church offerings and church activities will stand them in good stead with the Lord and do not repent of their sins will not gain God’s favor. Scripture tells us that God looks for faith in the individual. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” – [Hebrews 11:6] It also states that faith is dead and useless without the evidence of faith:

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - KJV - James 2:26

Note: Read the whole chapter for context.

Those who sit in their church pews and think that a confessional prayer every Sunday and a blanket absolution of forgiveness spoken by the minister will stand them in good with God, are mighty mistaken! Repentance on the part of a soul is to be an everyday affair. When the soul believes in Christ as his forgiving Savior from sin, that soul will naturally live a continuous life of repenting of daily sins of thought, word and deed.

The description, “Cheap Grace” has often been attributed to the controversial, Christian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German born WWII casualty. He is best known for his book, "The Cost of Discipleship" (1937) and his resistance to Nazi Germany. Hence, he was hanged by Hitler shortly before the war ended.

I suppose that Bonhoeffer’s phrase “Cheap grace” could be summed up by something that he said when describing Christian discipleship. He stated [paraphrase]: “He who believes, obeys; and he who obeys, believes.” In Bonhoeffer’s view, a Christian just couldn’t be a genuine Christian by [only] intellectually subscribing to the teachings of Christianity as found in the divine revelation of Scripture. One had to evidence such belief and subscription. In other words, “faith without works, is dead.” – James 2:26

Sinner – You will not go eternally unpunished for your sins against God; His Commandments and your fellowman

Time is ticking away for you to die and your soul to experience a literal hell because you have not repented of your unbelief. You oppose the God of the Holy Scripture divine revelation and haplessly think that you can go it alone in this world. You devise for yourself your own measure of goodness and moral goals. The Scripture says that you have a “form of godliness” but “deny the power of it.” [1 Timothy 3:1-5] You are dead in your sin. You have no hope of freeing yourself from your sinful self and from your own proud machinations of self goodness. You stink in the nostrils of God. You are putrid because you will never attain goodness this side of your Creator’s perfection.

In short, you need cleansing from all your sins. God has already provided that with the birth, life, sufferings and death of a holy substitute on your behalf. He not only was God’s sacrifice for all your sins, but He rose from the dead to proclaim His supremacy over all.

However, unless God grants you the grace of repentance, you are much worse than a ship without a rudder; and passenger in a canoe without a paddle. Hell is your destiny because you haven’t repented of your sins and believed on the Savior Christ.

However, there is hope of you. Take every opportunity that you can to learn of the Triune God and His Son and Savior as revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. God says that His faith can be had upon your soul through that Word of God, that perfect gift He has offered to all of humanity. Study, read and hear that Word of God. It is His means to impart to you the faith to repent of your sins and believe in Him. May God the Holy Spirit, illuminate your sinful soul! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 3:26-39 : 1 Peter 1:23

Amen.

Note also: The confessional “Book of Concord” highlights repentance, as well: AC - Augsburg Confession XII; also Article VII of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, with its lengthy emphasis on repentance; and, also Article VI: Of Confession and Satisfaction


Related Scriptures [above] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:
Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel
http://www.thechristianmessage.org/

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3

1 -- What is meant by “Believing” and / or, being, “Saved?”