Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the December 18th, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the phrase ‘Christ alone’, I wanted to pose a few
questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days.Our sermon is entitled, “Solus Christus”. The main Scripture for the day is Acts 4:8-12. 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 Acts 4:8-12, Matthew 10:18-20, Romans 8:22, Hebrews 4:15., John 14:6
(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 Q29-30
Westminster Confession Chapter 8 Of Christ the Mediator
Westminster Larger Catechism Q36, 37, Q38, Q39, Q40, Q41, Q42
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
In Christ Alone: Lyrics, Video
O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire (PH485): Lyrics, Video
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and Reflect on Joel Beeke’s article Christ Alone
Read and Reflect on John Hendryx’s article Is Jesus really the only way?
Consider this quotation from Herman Bavinck, “The doctrine of Christ is not the starting point, but it certainly is the central point of the whole system of dogmatics. All other dogmas either prepare for it or are inferred from it. In it, as the heart of dogmatics, pulses the whole of the religious-ethical life of Christianity.”
Read and Reflect on the Cambridge Declaration
Read and Reflect on Boice’s article The Five Solas of the Reformation
Read and Reflect on Strawbridge’s article The Five Solas of the Reformation
The Sermon will be available online on December 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm.
 Herman Bavinck, Sin and Salvation in Christ, vol. 3, Reformed Dogmatics, ed. John Bolt, trans. John Vriend (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 274.