Leading to the Lord’s Day
April 21, 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.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to commune with your heavenly Father.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Based On Psalm 16:8-11
Praise unto the resurrected Christ. Because He lives, we shall never be shaken. Because He lives our heart’s rejoice and are made glad. Death could not hold Him for He had life within Himself, and this same life He gives to us who believe upon Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He has led captivity captive and given the Holy Spirit to men. In Him we are ascended to Your right hand even now. In the man of Your right hand, we find pleasures forevermore.
Praise be unto Christ, who has delivered us without spot or wrinkle to You Father, the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To You be honor and eternal dominion.
AMEN, and AMEN
Psalms and Hymns for this Week
First Reading ~Matthew 27:45-54
Second Reading ~ Matthew 27:57-66
Third Reading ~ Matthew 28:1-10
Our Sermon Passage
04.21.19 Matthew 18:21-35
Previous Week’s Sermon Live Feed
Lord’s Table Passage
Corporate Confession of Sin
Adapted from a prayer called, “A Converts First Prayer” found in “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions“
I could never have sought my happiness in Thy love, unless Thou hadst first loved me. Thy Spirit has encouraged me by grace to seek Thee, has made known to me the reconciliation in Jesus, has taught me to believe it, has helped me to take Thee for my God and my portion. May He grant me to grow in the knowledge and experience of Thy love, and walk in it all the way to glory. Blessed forever be Thy fatherly affection, which chose me to be one of Thy children by faith in Jesus. I thank Thee for giving me the desire to live as such.
In Jesus Name,
Shorter Catechism for March
Question 11. What are God’s works of providence?
(30) Psalm 145:17(31) Psalm 104:24 (32) Hebrews 1:3 (33) Nehemiah 9:6 (34)Ephesians 1:19-22 (35) Psalms 36:6; Matthew 10:30
Question 12. What special act of providence did God exercise towards man in the estate wherein he was created?
Answer:When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of death.
(36) Genesis 2:16-17;James 2:10
Question 13. Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
Answer: Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.
(37) Genesis 3:6-8,13; 2 Corinthians 11:3
Question 14. What is sin?
Answer: Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.
(38) Leviticus 5:17; James 4:17; 1 John 3:4
Question 15. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
AnswerThe sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit.
(39) Genesis 3:6