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Examples of How People Change

July 11, 2021 Speaker: Geoff Kirkland Series: General Sermons

Topic: Expository Passage: Ephesians 4:25–4:32


July 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm


The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the LORD, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!

—Psalm 103:19-22



Welcome and Announcements

Introit                                                                                               Choir


(John Williams 1869-1944)


Send Thy Spirit, I beseech Thee, Gracious Lord, send while I pray;

Send the Comforter to teach me, guide me, help me in Thy way.

Sinful, wretched, I have wandered Far from Thee in darkest night;

Precious time and talents squandered-- Lead, O lead me into light


Thou hast heard me; light is breaking, Light I never saw before;

Now my soul, with joy awaking, Gropes in fearful gloom no more.

O the bliss! My soul declare it, Say what God has done for thee;

Tell it out, let others share it – Christ’s salvation full and free.


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 29:1-4,9c-11

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is full of majesty… and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace.


Scripture Reading                 

Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Romans 13:11-14

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

“Examples of How People Change”

Ephesians 4:25-32

Psalm of Praise*                                                                            #81A

“In God Our Strength”

Confession of Faith                        The Nicene Creed (A.D. 381)

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of our sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Preparation for Confession of Sin                     Isaiah 1:10-15

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations—I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Confession of Sin

Assurance of Pardon                                               Isaiah 1:16-19

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.

Hymn of Assurance*                                                                  #495

“No, Not Despairingly Come I to Thee”

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*                                                Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.



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