Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the September 23, 2018, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the 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, “No Ordinary Teacher.” The main Scriptures for the day are Mark 4 and John 6.
(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 24 of The Story this week, this is a lightly edited selection of Scriptures from Matthew 5-7, 9, 14, Mark 4-6, Luke 10, 15 and John 6 that seeks to maintain the broad story line of the Scriptures.
You can read or listen to them here.
You can listen to Chapter 24 of The Story here. (38 minutes)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q 79
Why, then, does Christ call the bread His body, and the cup His bloodor the new covenant in his blood, and Paul, a communion of the body and blood of Christ?
Christ speaks thus not without great cause; namely, not only to teach us thereby that, as bread and wine sustain this temporal life, so also his crucified body and shed blood are the true food and drink of our souls unto eternal life; but much more, by these visible signs and pledges to assure us that we are as really partakers of his true body and blood, through the working of the Holy Spirit, as we receive by the mouth of the body these holy tokens in remembrance of him; and that all his sufferings and obedience are as certainly ours as if we ourselves had in our own persons suffered and made satisfaction to God for our sins.
Heidelberg Catechism Q 81-82
For whom is the Lord’s supper instituted?
For those who are truly displeased with themselves for their sins and yet trust that these are forgiven them for the sake of Christ, and that their remaining infirmity is covered by his passion and death; who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and amend their life. But hypocrites and such as turn not to God with sincere hearts eat and drink judgment to themselves.
Are they also to be admitted to this supper who, by their confession and life, show themselves to be unbelieving and ungodly?
No; for in this way the covenant of God would be profaned and his wrath kindled against the whole congregation; wherefore the Christian Church is in duty bound, according to the ordinance of Christ and his apostles, to exclude such persons by the keys of the kingdom of heaven, until they show amendment of life.
Canons of Dort Main ¾ Article 10
Article 10: But that others who are called by the gospel, obey the call, and are converted, is not to be ascribed to the proper exercise of free will, whereby one distinguishes himself above others, equally furnished with grace sufficient for faith and conversions, as the proud heresy of Pelagius maintains; but it must be wholly ascribed to God, who as he has chosen his own from eternity in Christ, so he confers upon them faith and repentance, rescues them from the power of darkness, and translates them into the kingdom of his own Son, that they may show forth the praises of him, who hath called them out of darkness into his marvelous light; and may glory not in themselves, but in the Lord according to the testimony of the apostles in various places.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Watch The Bible Project’s video summary of The Gospel of the Kingdom.
Read and reflect upon To Teach as Jesus Taught(From Archdiocese of Washington).
Read and reflect upon the 9 Characteristics of Jesus as a Teacher.
The Sermon will be available online on September 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm.
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