Preparing our Hearts to Worship
Why, O Lord?
In an effort to help you prepare for the November 20th, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on suffering, trials and difficulties, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Why, O Lord?”. The main Scriptures for the day is Psalm 22:1-5, Romans 5:3-5 and James 1:2-4. 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 Psalms 22:1-5, Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4.
(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter XXVI
Belgic Confession Article 26
Canons of Dordt Main Point 5 Article 12
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and Reflect on Randy Alcorn’s How God uses suffering for his glory
Read and Reflect on Joseph Scheumann’s article Five Truths about Christian Suffering
Watch and Reflect The Story behind Rejoicing in Lament
The Sermon will be available online on November 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm.