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Matthew 16 – A Call to Die

Ryan Motta


  1. We must guard our hearts from the danger of false teachings.
  2. Where Jesus is proclaimed, we cannot lose.
  3. The way we live is by dying.

“The best protection against the darkness of error is the light of truth.” – John Piper

“Nothing can altogether overthrow and destroy the church. Its members may be persecuted, oppressed, imprisoned, beaten, beheaded, burned. But the true Church is never altogether extinguished; it rises again from its afflictions; it lives on through fire and water. When crushed in one land, it springs up in another. The Pharaohs, the Herods, the Neros have labored in vain to put down this church. They slay their thousands, and then pass away and go to their own place. The true church outlives them all, and sees them buried each in his turn. The church is an anvil that has broken many a hammer in this world, and will break many a hammer still. The church is a bush which is often burning, and yet is not consumed.” – J.C. Ryle, Principles for Churchmen

“The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death — we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time — death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at His call.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

“Some missionaries bound for Africa were laughed at by the boat captain. ‘You’ll only die over there,’ he said. But a missionary replied, ‘Captain, we died before we started.’” – Vance Havner


October 2, 2022


“O Praise the Name (Anástasis)” by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher & Marty Sampson
© 2015 Hillsong Music Publishing Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“King Forevermore (God the Uncreated One)” by Aaron Keyes & Pete James
© 2016 Getty Music, Thankyou Music and remaining portion is unaffiliated Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lees Bancroft & Vikki Cook
© 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“Praise to the Lord the Almighty” by Joachim Neander & Catherine Winkworth
Public Domain Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts & Lowell Mason
Public Domain Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“It Was Finished Upon That Cross” by Jonny Robinson, Nigel Hendroff, and Rich Thompson
© 2021 SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia and CityAlight Music Used by Permission. CCLI License #2003690

“Doxology” by Thomas Ken, Louis Bourgeois
Public Domain CCLI# 2003690

Call To Worship: At the Cross

Most merciful God, thank You for sending to us Your Son, Jesus. We remember this day His redeeming death, that we might stand forgiven at the cross.

Thank You for sending to us Your Son, Jesus, to whom we belong, in life and in death. He bore our infirmities and carried our sorrows.

Most holy God, thank You for sending to us Your Son, Jesus, who became sin for us and suffered the punishment due to us, that we might stand forgiven at the cross.

In the name of our Lord Jesus, amen.

Classic Prayer: Johannes Bugenhagen 1485-1558

Lord Jesus Christ, my faithful God and Savior, you have also redeemed me. Because of you, my dearest Lord Jesus Christ, I also have the forgiveness of all my sins, a gracious God and eternal life. Death, devil and hell have no part with me. I am yours, dear Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Do not forsake me, O Lord. O my God, do not be far from me. O God of my salvation, help me against the devil and all evil. Come to me quickly. O Lord, you are my help and comfort forever.

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Creed: Jesus, Who is Worthy

LEADER:  Why do we call Jesus our Lord?
PEOPLE:  Because He has ransomed us, body and soul, from all our sins; not with silver or gold, but with His precious blood, and has freed us from all the power of the devil to make us His own possession.

LEADER:  What does God grant in our new life in Christ?
PEOPLE:  God grants us reconciliation with Him, forgiveness of our sins, union with Him in Christ, adoption into His family, citizenship in His kingdom, new life in the Holy Spirit, and the promise of eternal life.

ALL: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Source: Heidelberg Catechism, Question 34; ACNA, Question 15; Revelation 5:12

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You this day, in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole hearts; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name.

Grant to Your people pardon and peace, that in Your great mercy, we may be forgiven all our sins, and serve You with a quiet and contrite heart.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

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