Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the May 22nd, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on personal Chastity and Purity, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Staying Chaste and Pure”. The main Scripture for the day is Ephesians 5:3-7. 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 Ephesians 5:3-7, 1Cor 6:9, Mt 5:27-28, 15:18-20, Heb 12:2-4.
(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 Q108-109 & Q113
Westminster Larger Catechism Q137-138, 139
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 13
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
Purify my Heart: Lyrics, Video
Whiter than snow: Lyrics, Video
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Do you struggle with immorality, impurity, greed or forms of speech that tear others down? Confess this to Christ and ask him to change purify your heart.
Are there places Jesus is calling you to greater purity for his kingdom?
How might you incorporate more thanksgiving into your life in place of other destructive behaviors?
The Sermon will be available online on June 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm.