In an effort to help you prepare for the March 13th, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections about church health and vitality, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is about the need for Fruitful Organizational Structures in the Church. The main Scripture for the day is Numbers 2:1-34. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection.
From the Scriptures
Read and prayerfully reflect upon these Scriptures. Ask God to shape your life and your church’s life to match the heart of God:
Read or listen to Numbers 2:1-34, Exodus 39:32-43, Leviticus 6:12; 1 Chronicles 23:1-5, 23:28-32.
(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 Questions 50 & 51
Westminster Confession Chapter 25 on the Church.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
Jesus with your Church Abide PH508: Lyrics
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and reflect on the Introduction to the Church Order of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Pages 7-11 are particularly helpful.