Weekly Devotion

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Leading to the Lord’s Day

January 20, 2019

Instructions: The Gospel of Christ opens up the Throne of God to us and makes it a place of welcome instead of a place of judgement. It is the believers distinct call and privilege to enter into the Sovereign King’s Court and commune with Him in His presence as His child. As a disciple (one who orders their life around this reality in Christ) it is our call to worship the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit. Worship is the center of our life and the fountain from which all the rest of our life should flow.

  1. Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to commune with your heavenly Father.
  2. Take 8-10 minutes and read a Scripture of your choice, or choose one from those provided below. Read it as many times as you can in the 10 minute period.
  3. Take 8-10 minutes and sit before the Lord and listen…. bring your life before the Lord and let the Lord, through the passage you just read, search through your heart.
  4. Take 2-4 minutes and confess any sin that the Lord has shown you during this time. Pray the Corporate Prayer given below to close this time.
  5. Take 8-10 minutes and pray for others. Suggestion: On the Lord’s Day evening, sit down and make a list of people and needs to pray for in the new week.

Start out with 30 minutes, but look to increase to at least an hour over the course of your growth in grace. It’ll be hard at first, but eventually you’ll get to the place where you will not want to leave, and an hour will not seem like nearly long enough.

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Psalm 36:5-9

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

Corporate Prayerfamily praying

Using Psalm 36:5-9

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.

Psalms and Hymns for this Weekopen hymnal

Psalm 36:5-9

Psalm 29:1-4

Come Ye Souls By Sin Afflicted

Arise My Soul Arise

Jesus I come

Scripture Readings for this Weekopen bible

Old Testament Reading ~ Isaiah 62:1-5

New Testament Reading ~ John 2:1-11

Our Sermon Passage

01.20.19 Matthew 16:21-28 Part 3

Previous Week’s Sermon Live Feed

01.06.19 Matthew 16:21-28 Part 1

01.13.19 Matthew 16:21-28 Part 2

Lord’s Table Passagecommunion

1 Timothy 4

Corporate Confession of Sin

Adapted from a prayer called, “The Mediator” found in
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

Everlasting Creator-Father

I have destroyed myself, my nature is defiled, the powers of my soul are degraded; I am vile, miserable, strengthless, but my hope is in Thee. If ever we are saved it will be by goodness undeserved and astonishing, not by mercy alone but by super-abundant mercy, not by grace, but by the exceeding richness of His grace that has been lavished upon us in the Beloved. Such Thou hast revealed in sacred Scripture, promised and exemplified; all your thoughts toward us are peace, and we are thankful for such indescribable good news, as we have in the Gospel.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Heidelberg Catechism for Januarycatechism

125. Which is the fourth petition?

Answer: “Give us this day our daily bread”; that is, be pleased to provide us with all things necessary for the body, that we may thereby acknowledge thee to be the only fountain of all good, and that neither our care nor industry, nor even thy gifts, can profit us without thy blessing; and therefore that we may withdraw our trust from all creatures, and place it alone in thee.

Question 126. Which is the fifth petition?

Answer: “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”; that is, be pleased for the sake of Christ’s blood, not to impute to us poor sinners, our transgressions, nor that depravity, which always cleaves to us;  even as we feel this evidence of thy grace in us, that it is our firm resolution from the heart to forgive our neighbor.

Question 127. Which is the sixth petition?

Answer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”; that is, since we are so weak in ourselves, that we cannot stand a moment;  and besides this, since our mortal enemies, the devil, the world, and our own flesh, cease not to assault us, do thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of thy Holy Spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare, but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last we obtain a complete victory.

Question 128. How dost thou conclude thy prayer?

Answer: “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever”; that is, all these we ask of thee, because thou, being our King and almighty, art willing and able to give us all good; and all this we pray for, that thereby not we, but thy holy name, may be glorified for ever.

Question 129. What does the word “Amen” signify?

Answer: “Amen” signifies, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

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