In an effort to help you prepare for the April 24th, 2016, Friendship Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections the resurrection, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “God chose you to be saved.” The main Scripture for the day is 2Thessalonians 2:13-15. 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 2Thessalonians 2:13-15, Ephesians 1:4, John 16:8, 1Corinthians 1:27-28.
(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Canons of Dordt Main Point 1 Article 7, Main Point 2 Articles 8-9
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
All I have is Christ: Lyrics, Video
Grace Unmeasured: Lyrics, Video
Sanctifying Power: Lyrics
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and reflect on James Smith’s 1859 article Chosen to Salvation. Here is some Biographical information on Rev. Smith.
Listen to or Read and reflect on John Piper’s sermon God has chosen us. (29:46)