Sunday Recap Vol. 1.8

From the desk of Will Spokes, Senior Pastor

My Jesus Has Done All Things Well

Verse 2
How sovereign, wonderful, and free,
Is all his love to sinful me!
He plucked me as a brand from hell;
My Jesus has done all things well.

Verse 3
And since my soul has known his love,
What mercies has he made me prove;
Mercies which all my praise excel;
My Jesus has done all things well.

Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! 

I know I said I wasn't going to send out a Sunday Recap this week but...I changed my mind. We had a great weekend away at the beach complete with vacation cereal (e.g. Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, and Honey Combs). I got stung by an electric ray "only" three times and was delighted to find Moe's BBQ at the beach. If you weren't with us for worship this week, Bill Boyd, Senior Pastor at Covenant Pres in Homewood, preached for me from Romans 12.
 

Q&A: Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.... By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
Hebrews 11:1,3

You...were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,...to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:21,24

Food For Thought:
Offer your soul to God, make him an oblation of your fasting, so that your soul may be a pure offering, a holy sacrifice, a living victim, remaining your own and at the same time made over to God. Whoever fails to give this to God will not be excused, for if you are to give him yourself you are never without the means of giving. To make these acceptable, mercy must be added. Fasting bears no fruit unless it is watered by mercy. Fasting dries up when mercy dries up. Mercy is to fasting as rain is to the earth. However much you may cultivate your heart, clear the soil of your nature, root out vices, sow virtues – if you do not release the springs of mercy, your fasting will bear no fruit. When you fast, if your mercy is thin, your harvest will be thin; when you fast, what you pour out in mercy overflows into your barn. Therefore, do not lose by saving, but gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you refused to give others. – Peter Chrysologus, Bishop of Ravenna (c. 450)

Listen To This Weeks Sermon: "How Should We Then Live"

Sermon Text: Romans 12:1-21
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
 
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
 
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
 
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

Reflection Questions

  1. What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from this passage?
  2. What questions does this passage raise for you?
  3. Was there anything that bothered you?
  4. What would you say is the essence of living the Christian life?
  5. What did you learn about the gospel you need to apply to your life this week?

Suggested Resources & The Week Ahead

While we were only gone for a couple days, even brief breaks give us an opportunity for a gut check on how we are doing: marriage, parenting, and plans. These are all good things! And yet, life is full and we need wisdom and grace from Jesus. I thought I would pass on two resources you might find interesting and perhaps relevant to your lives, especially if you feel busy and overwhelmed. The first is an opinion piece from the New York Times called"The Busy Trap." The second is a relatively recent book by Kevin DeYoung called "Crazy Busy." 

Songs for this week:
Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
Friend Of Sinners
O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus
There's A Wideness In God's Mercy

Until next time,

Will

 

My Jesus Has Done All Things Well

Verse 4
Soon shall I pass the vale of death,
And in his arms shall lose my breath;
Yet then my happy soul shall tell,
My Jesus has done all things well.

Verse 5
And when to that bright world I rise,
And join the anthems in the skies,
Among the rest this note shall swell,
My Jesus has done all things well.