In this parable about importunate prayer, we find a powerful man with the authority to help, but was unsympathetic to a helpless woman's request.
Learn four reasons why we must persevere in prayer when God does not answer.
The creative work of God's Spirit through the preaching of the apostles brings into being a community of men and women who are marked out as Christ's disciples. This body of Christians is a believing, baptised, faithful, potent, united, loving, joyful, growing community, young but essentially complete in form and function. The infant church is and has what every church should long to be and have in its proper place and fashion, a model of vibrant Christianity.
PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. Belgic Confession Article Article 28: The Obligations of Church Members
We believe that since this holy assembly and congregation is the gathering of those who are saved and there is no salvation apart from it, people ought not to withdraw from it, content to be by themselves, regardless of their status or condition. But all people are obliged to join and unite with it, keeping the unity of the church by submitting to its instruction and discipline, by bending their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ, and by serving to build up one another, according to the gifts God has given them as members of each other in the same body. And to preserve this unity more effectively, it is the duty of all believers, according to God's Word, to separate themselves from those who do not belong to the church, in order to join this assembly wherever God has established it, even if civil authorities and royal decrees forbid and death and physical punishment result. And so, all who withdraw from the church or do not join it act contrary to God's ordinance.
How does the Lord show mercy to those who prefer human wisdom to God's authoritative Word? Isaiah 30 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these thirty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that if men prefer their own wisdom to God's Word, it is a mercy when God visits their plans with devastating failure.
In Chapter 2 of the Godly Woman series you will learn about God's provision for you. God sees what happens in your life, the good and bad. He is close to the broken hearted and wants you to call out to Him.
We continue a year through what we believe as Christians using the Heidelberg Catechism.
This evening, we continue in its third part on our grateful response to God's grace delivering us from all guilt. In the Lord's Prayer, we learn that we were made for communion with God. In its third petition, we ask God to help us obey His commands and be faithful to His calling. Let's listen in to what the Holy Spirit has for us today...
Obeying God's Will (various Scriptures)
Following God's Call (1 Cor. 7:17–24)
Psalm 73:1-3 (KJV) A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:16-17 (KJV) When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
We need to make sure that we set no wicked thing before us. We should lift up holy hands when we pray. If our hands aren't holy God will not hear our prayers. When you put wicked things before your eyes you separate yourself from God. The Holy Ghost will not dwell in an unclean temple.