Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the August 6th, 2017, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the Life of Elijah. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Repentance stays the judgment of God”. The main Scripture for the day is 1Kings 21. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection.
(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)
From the Scriptures
Read and prayerfully reflect upon some or all of these Scriptures. Ask God to shape your life and your church’s life to match the heart of God:
Read or listen to 1Kings 21, Exodus 20:17, Lev 25:13-28, Ezekiel 18:30, Luke 24:47)
(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism 113
113. What is God’s will for you in the tenth commandment?
A. That not even the slightest thought or desire contrary to any one of God’s commandments should ever arise in my heart. Rather, with all my heart I should always hate sin and take pleasure in whatever is right.
Westminster Larger Catechism 147
147. What are the duties required in the tenth commandment?
A. The duties required in the tenth commandment are, such a full contentment with our own condition, and such a charitable frame of the whole soul toward our neighbor, as that all our inward motions and affections touching him, tend unto, and further all that good which is his.
Westminster Larger Catechism 148
148. What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate; envying and grieving at the good of our neighbor; together with all inordinate motions and affestions to anything that is his.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
We come to you in sorrow (Joel Payne): Lyrics
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read this for a devotional on coveting.
Read Oswald Chambers on Repentance
The Sermon will be available online on August 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm.