Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the February 24, 2019, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on What God wants us to Believe, Do, and Become. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “Compassion”. The main Scriptures for the day are Luke 10:25-37.
(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 8 of Believethis week, this is an edited selection of Scriptures from the NIV that seeks to show how certain beliefs, ways of living and character qualities are elaborated upon throughout all of Scripture.
You may also like to read and reflect upon Luke 10:25-37.
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q107
But is it enough that we do not kill our neighbor in any such way?
No; for when God forbids envy, hatred, and anger, he commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves: to show patience, peace, meekness, mercy, and all kindness towards him, prevent his hurt as much as in us lies, and do good even to our enemies.
But what does God require of you in this commandment?
That I further my neighbor’s profit wherever I can or may, deal with him as I would have others deal with me, and labor faithfully that I may be able to relieve the needy.
Heidelberg Catechism Q112
What is required in the ninth commandment?
That I bear false witness against no man; wrest no one’s words; be no backbiter or slanderer; do not judge, or join in condemning, any man rashly or unheard; but that I avoid all sorts of lies and deceit as the proper works of the devil, unless I would bring down upon myself the heavy wrath of God; likewise, that in judicial and all other dealings I love the truth, speak it up rightly, and confess it; and that, as much as I am able, I defend and promote the honor and reputation of my neighbor.
Heidelberg Catechism Q114
But can those who are converted to God keep these commandments perfectly?
No; but even the holiest men, while in this life, have only a small beginning of this obedience; yet so that with earnest purpose they begin to live, not only according to some but according to all the commandments of God.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and thoughtful reflect this journal article Who is our neighbor?
Read and reflect upon Desiring God’s Who is your neighbor? Well, who are you?
Read and reflect upon the Crossroads Initiative post, The Good Samaritan.
The Sermon will be available online on February 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm.
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