Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the September 16, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on God’s Story of Salvation through the Scriptures. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “A Dozen names for Jesus’ ministry.” The main Scriptures for the day are Matthew 3-4, Mark 1-3, Luke 8 and John 1-4.
(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 23 of The Story this week, this is a lightly edited selection of Scriptures from Matthew 3-4, Mark 1-3, Luke 8 and John 1-4 that seeks to maintain the broad story line of the Scriptures.
You can read or listen to them here.
You can listen to Chapter 23 of The Story here. (30 minutes)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q 29
Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”?
Because he saves us from our sins, and because salvation should not be sought and cannot be found in anyone else.
Heidelberg Catechism Q 31
Why is he called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?
Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief prophet and teacherwho fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our deliverance;our only high priestwho has delivered us by the one sacrifice of his body, and who continually pleads our cause with the Father, and our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.
Heidelberg Catechism Q 33
Why is he called God’s “only begotten Son” when we also are God’s children?
Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God—adopted by grace through Christ.
Heidelberg Catechism Q 34
Why do you call him “our Lord”?
Because—not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood-he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
What a beautiful name (Hillsong):Lyrics, Video
The Name of Jesus (Tomlin): Lyrics, Video
Jesus Messiah (Tomlin): Lyrics, Video
Name above all names (Hughes): Lyrics, Video
If you would like to sing older hymns on the names of Christ, consider this resource.
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Watch The Bible Project’s video summary of The Messiah.
Do a simple study on the names of Jesus using this Navigators Bible Study.
Read and reflect upon the Sections of the Catholic Catechism that discuss, Jesus Christ, the only son of God.
(Note article 435 is the only article which the reformed believer will have contention with as it references the praying to Mary, but the rest of the catechism does an excellent job of articulating the names and ministry of Jesus.
Prayerfully reflect upon the 50 names and Titles of Jesusin the Scriptures.
The Sermon will be available online on September 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm.
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