Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the November 18, 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, “Paul’s Final Words”. The main Scriptures for the day are 2Timothy 4:1-8, 18.
(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 Acts 20-23, 27-28, Ephesians 1-6, 2Timothy 1-4 of the Scriptures.
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q 84
How is the kingdom of heaven opened and shut by the preaching of the holy gospel?
By proclaiming and openly witnessing, according to the command of Christ, to believers, one and all, that, whenever they receive the promise of the gospel by a true faith, all their sins are really forgiven them of God for the sake of Christ’s merits; and on the contrary, by proclaiming and witnessing to all unbelievers and such as do not sincerely repent that the wrath of God and eternal condemnation abide on them so long as they are not converted. According to this witness of the gospel God will judge, both in this life and in that which is to come.
Canons of Dort, Main Point 2 Article 5-6
Article 5: Moreover, the promise of the gospel is, that whosoever believeth in Christ crucified, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. This promise, together with the command to repent and believe, ought to be declared and published to all nations, and to all persons promiscuously and without distinction, to whom God out of his good pleasure sends the gospel.
Article 6: And, whereas many who are called by the gospel, do not repent, nor believe in Christ, but perish in unbelief; this is not owing to any defect or insufficiency in the sacrifice offered by Christ upon the cross, but is wholly to be imputed to themselves.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
All I have (Matt Osgood): Lyrics & Audio
Fight the Good Fight (Monsell): Lyrics, Video
Faith of our Fathers (Faber): Lyrics, Video
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and reflect on the Last words of some of these great preachers, statemen, .
If you had time to write your children a letter before your death, whih they would treasure for the rest of their life and would be handed down through their family, what would you say to them?
The Sermon will be available online on November 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm.
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