Preparing our Hearts to Worship
In an effort to help you prepare for the October 13, 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, “Patience in Adversity”. The main Scriptures for the day are the James 5:7-11.
(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 26 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.
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Q28
What does it profit us to know that God has created, and by his providence still upholds, all things?
That we may be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and with a view to the future may have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from his love, since all creatures are so in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.
Heidelberg Catechism Q94
What does God require in the first commandment?
That, as much as I love my soul’s salvation, I avoid and flee all idolatry, sorcery, soothsaying, superstition, invocation of saints or other creatures; and that I rightly acknowledge the only true God, trust in him alone, submit to him with all humility and patience, expect all good from him only, and love, fear, and honor him with my whole heart; so that I leave and forsake all creatures rather than do even the least thing against his will.
Heidelberg Catechism Q104
What does God require in the fifth commandment?
That I show all honor, love, and fidelity to my father and mother, and to all in authority over me; submit myself with due obedience to their good instruction and correction; and also bear patiently with their weaknesses and shortcomings, since it pleases God to govern us by their hand.
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
Read and reflect upon the Life of Stan Dale and Phil Masters.
Listen and reflect upon the Martyrdom of Phil Masters as told by his wife.
The Sermon will be available online on October 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm.
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