In the morning we look ahead to the incarnation and virgin birth of our Savior by seeing some of the results of His arrival as promised in Isaiah 40.1, 2. This is one place GF Handel drew from for part of The Messiah, but it is also foundational for one of the hymns in our Blue Psalter. This text should make for a very helpful start to our Advent focus this year.Scripture Reading: Isaiah 39.1 – 40.2
Text: Isaiah 40.1, 2
Message: "The Comfort of His Arrival"
Theme: The Lord commands His prophets to tell of perfect Comfort to come
This Word is clearly from the covenant God
This Word will come tenderly from Him through His prophets
This Word will tell the people that the war is over
This Word will extol the full salvation in the arrival of the Messiah
In Proverbs 3:5 we are told to trust in the LORD with all our heart. We could boil down the entire book of Proverbs to this trust. In fact, we could even boil down the entire Christian life to this trust.
a. We are his children
b. We ask
c. Within his will
d. With faith
Praying for a sinning brother
The believer and the world
a. Believers cannot continue in unbroken
sin because Jesus protects them so that the
Devil cannot permanently attach
himself to them
b. Unbelievers are slaves of the Devil
The sufficiency of Jesus
Summary of I John: You can know that you are saved
You love the saints (3:14)
You obey God's commands (3:24)
You are trusting in Jesus alone (5:11-12)
Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others; yet because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith, nor are done in a right manner according to the Word, nor to a right end, the glory of God, they are therefore sinful, and cannot please God, nor make a man meet to receive grace from God, and yet their neglect of them is more sinful and displeasing to God.
Christians have a complicated relationship with obedience. Those who strive to obey Jesus in everything at all times are often labeled "legalists." Others acts as if obedience is completely optional, since salvation is by grace through faith. Many are neither legalists nor antinomians, but simply pick and choose which commands of Scripture to obey. Who's right? What are we supposed to obey? And how can we do that?
Answered prayer is expected for an obedient Christian.
Answered prayers are given to the righteous
Answered prayers accord to His will
Answered prayers are specific
Answered prayers are fervent and persistent
Responsive Reading of Psalm 16:5-11
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
Confessional Reading: Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 50
Text: Matthew 6:33
Sermon: "God Commands us to ask Him for our Daily Bread"
How did the priests come into their office? Leviticus 8 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these thirty-six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the priests came into their office by a procedure which the Lord commanded in detail.
Matthew 28.16-20 will grab our attention Sunday night as we continue to ask, "what does a 'plant-able-soil congregation look like in Oak Lawn?" This text will also give us great confidence for being that kind of congregation! Our confidence is in Jesus Christ - but we need to tend to the soil He is stirring up here. Following the evening worship is our monthly prayer meeting. Please pray for a very rich Lord's day and come be in attendance.Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20
Text: Matthew 28.16-20
Sermon: "Defining Church Plant, #2 Our Need - Disciples"
Theme: God plants disciples into the soil tended by disciples
The whole true church goes where Jesus commands
In His presence disciples worship, even when unsure
The Lord says He has all authority – and then commands again
All of His commands can be done for He is ever with us