April 3, 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. In this time, it strikes me that it is important for us to remember that our God is not only the author of creation, but that he possesses all power over creation. To that end, I’ve developed a template for worship at home based upon Exodus 7:1-10:29 where God’s power over creation is clearly displayed. Please know that this is simply a suggested template for worship. You can take up portions of this template or all of it as you see fit.
Template for Sunday, April 5, 2020
Call to Worship: God through his Word calls us to worship him. Read Psalm 46:7-11.
Prayer of Invocation: Offer a brief prayer asking God to attend your worship.
Praise through Song: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (8)
Praise God through Prayer: Offer a prayer praising God for who he is and what he has done.
Scripture Reading: Romans 9:14-24
Confess Your Sin through Prayer: Offer a prayer of confession for anything the Lord has brought to mind in your reading of Romans 9:14-24.
Scriptural Assurance of Pardon (for those who repent and believe): Read Isaiah 55:6-7
Respond in Song: Not What My Hands Have Done (339)
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: Exodus 7:1-10:29
Two options: Answer and discussion questions on the passage or watch/listen Mike’s reflections on the passage and discuss the questions below.
- Answer/Discuss the following questions:
- Are there any major sub-sections or breaks in the text? Are there key connecting words (for, therefore, but, because) that indicate the logical flow of the passage?
- What is the main point or points? What supporting points does the author make?
- What does this teach you about God?
- How could you sum up the meaning of this passage in your own words?
- What should you apply to your life from this passage?
- Something you should start doing
- Something you should stop doing
- Something you should pray about
- Something you should praise or thank God for
- Something you should repent of
- Something that you should believe
- What is something that you would like to share with an unbeliever from this passage?
- Watch/listen to Mike’s reflections on the passage
- Discuss the devotion:
- What was the point of the sermon (as a whole)?
- What were the points of the sermon?
- 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 sermon?
- What application do you need to make in your life from the sermon?
- What applications were made to the church from the sermon?
- How does this sermon encourage us to trust, pray, and obey God?
Respond in Song: O God, Our Help in Ages Past (74)
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 2:16-17
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.
As I close, I commend to you contemplation on these words from Thomas Watson:
"No vessel can be made of gold without fire; so it is impossible that we should be made vessels of honor, unless we are melted and refined in the furnace of affliction." [Thomas Watson, All Things For Good; First Published in 1663 as ‘A Divine Cordial’ (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1998), 26.]
With love for Christ, longing to be with you all again, but a greater longing for glory,
For the elders of ABC,
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