Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the February 18, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the God’s Story of Salvation. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Walk by Faith” The main Scriptures for the day are selections from Joshua. 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
Please read through Chapter 7 of The Story this week, this is a lightly edited selection of Scriptures from Joshua 1-2, 6, 8, 10-11, 23-24 that seeks to maintain the broad story line of the Scriptures.
(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.
It will take 1 hour 40 minutes to listen to the whole book of Joshua.)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q21
Q & A 21
What is true faith?
True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in Scripture; it is also a wholehearted trust, which the Holy Spirit creates in me3by the gospel, that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation. These are gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merit.
Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 14
Chapter XIV – Of Saving Faith
The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word, by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.
By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acts differently upon that which each particular passage thereof contains; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.
This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may often and many ways assailed, and weakened, but gets the victory: growing up in many to the attainment of a full assurance, through Christ, who is both the author and finisher of our faith.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read Hebrews 11 and consider how it relates the walk of faith throughout the scriptures.
For a discussion of the Archaeological Evidence for the Israelite invasion of Jericho see this ABR post
The Sermon will be available online on February 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm.
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