April 17, 2020 | 0 Comments
Once again, I write praying that this note finds you well and trusting the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m writing to help you think through how to spend the coming Lord’s Day well. The goal of this template for is to encourage us to remember God’s power over creation, to view God’s chastening as an invitation to repent and draw near to him, and to remember that one day our Lord will make all things new. The guiding text is Joel 2:18-32. Please know that this is simply a suggested devotional guide. You can take up portions of this guide or all of it as you see fit.
Devotional Guide for Sunday, April 19, 2020
Call to Worship: God through his Word calls us to worship him. Read Psalm 51:15.
Prayer of Invocation: Offer a brief prayer asking God to attend your worship.
Praise through Song: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (15)
Praise God through Prayer: Offer a prayer praising God for who he is and what he has done.
Confess the Faith: Confess your faith using the words of Article 7 of our church’s Statement of Faith:
- Of Grace in Regeneration
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:14-21
Confess Your Sin through Prayer: Offer a prayer of confession for anything the Lord has brought to mind in your reading of Acts 2:14-21.
Scriptural Assurance of Pardon (for those who repent and believe): Read Joel 2:12-13.
Respond in Song: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross (280)
Give Thanks and Pray for Understanding of God’s Word: Offer a brief prayer of thanksgiving for what God has done in Jesus Christ. Also ask God, through his Holy Spirit to give you a mind, heart, and will to hear, understand, believe, and obey his Word.
Read and Reflect on God’s Word: Joel 2:18-32
- Watch/listen to my reflections on the passage
- Discuss the devotion:
- What were the points of the devotion?
- Where from the text was the gospel preached?
- How would you share the gospel with an unbeliever from the biblical text?
- What applications were made in the devotion?
- What application do you need to make in your life from the devotion?
- What applications were made to the church from the devotion?
- How does this devotion encourage us to trust, pray, and obey God?
Respond in Song: Grace Greater than our Sin (329)
Close in Prayer: Offer a brief prayer thanking God for what you have learned about him, salvation through Jesus, and how you ought to follow in faith.
Receive God’s Benediction: Read 2 Thessalonians 3:18
Reflect: Take some time and reflect on what God has taught you in this time.
These are some of the things that you can do to spend the coming Lord’s Day well. If you’re a part of the church’s Facebook Group, then maybe you could share an edifying reflection from your time of worship.
Warmly in Christ,
PS: This is the article that I mentioned in the devotional. Enjoy!
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