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Explaining How People Change

July 4, 2021 Speaker: Geoff Kirkland Series: General Sermons

Topic: Expository Passage: Ephesians 4:22–4:24


July 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm


Oh, give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.

—Psalm 105:1-4



Welcome and Announcements

Introit                                                                                               Choir



As the deer pants for flowing streams, So longs my soul for You.

I thirst for God, the living God; When can I meet anew?


My tears have been my constant food Both in the night and day;

While all day long insistently, “Where is this God?” they say.


Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so distraught?

Trust God, for I will praise Him yet; My Savior and my God.  Amen.


Taken from Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted) © 1995 The Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Inc., 662 Melwood Drive N.E., Warren, OH 44483. Used by permission.


Call to Worship*                                                             Psalm 145:1-4

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,

and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.


Scripture Reading                 

Psalm 119:57-64; Colossians 3:12-17

Doxology*                                                                #731

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission.


Preaching of God’s Word                                 Pastor Geoff Kirkland

“Explaining How People Change”

Ephesians 4:22-24

Psalm of Praise*                                                                            #67B

“O God Give Us Your Blessing”

Confession of Faith                 The Apostles Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

Preparation for Confession of Sin                     1 Corinthians 3:1-7

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking [a]like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”

Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon                                1 Corinthians 3:21-23

“So then let no one boast in men. For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.”

Psalm of Assurance*                                                             #100C

“All Earth With Joy”

Giving of Tithes and Offerings                               

Prayer of Response

Hymn of Affirmation                                                                  #27

“Great God, How Infinite Art Thou!”


“Gloria Patri”

Henry W. Greatorex, 1851


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen, amen.

Taken from "Trinity Hymnal Revised Edition", ©1990 Great Commission Publications, Inc. Used by permission


Blessing*                                            2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.



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