Sermon Recap Vol. 1.41

FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Verse 3

Praise to the Lord, 
Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; 
Surely His goodness
And mercy here daily attend thee. 
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do, 
If with His love He befriend thee.

Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! 

The Sunday Recap is a brief fly-by of what we did during Sunday worship. Did anything land with you from worship on Sunday? What did it make you think? How did it make you feel? What did you find especially sweet or challenging from God's word? What did we sing, read, or pray that left an impression on you?

Food For Thought:

For therein is constant virtue, for those who are illuminated in their minds, and meditate on the divine Scriptures day and night, like the man to whom a blessing is given, as is written in the sacred Psalms; 'Blessed is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of corrupters. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night.' For it is not the sun, or the moon, or the host of those other stars which illuminate him, but he glitters with the high effulgence of God over all. – Athanasius, 333 A.D.

Confession of Sin:

Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, we confess that our glory has been our own comfort, rather than your Son's cross; that we have craved the fellowship of those already like us, rather than the fellowship of Christ's sufferings; that we have worked to save our own lives, rather than lose our lives for Christ’s sake and the gospel. Have mercy on us, Father, and grant us the gift of gospel repentance. Cleanse us by the finished work of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and restore to us the joy of your salvation. Amen.
 
Words of Grace
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
 
1 John 1:8-2:2

Confession of Faith: The Children’s Catechism Question 58-63

Q. 58: What must you do to be saved?
A. I must repent of my sin and believe in Christ as my Savior
 
Q. 59: How do you repent of your sin?
A. I must be sorry for my sin and hate and forsake it.
 
Q. 60: Why must you hate and forsake your sin?
A. Because sin displeases God.
 
Q. 61: What does it mean to believe in Christ?
A. To trust in Christ alone for my salvation. 
 
Q. 62: Can you repent and believe in Christ by your own power?
A. No. I cannot repent and believe unless the Holy Spirit changes my heart.
 
Q. 63: How can you get the help of the Holy Spirit?
A. God has told us to pray for the Holy Spirit’s Help.

Guest Preacher: Bill Boyd

This week we had Bill Boyd preaching. Bill is the Senior Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood. Below you will find a link to his sermon and the passage from which he preached.

Listen To This Week's Sermon: "The Way of Blessing"

Sermon Text: Psalm 1
1       Blessed is the man
                   who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
         nor stands in the way of sinners,
                   nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2       but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
                   and on his law he meditates day and night.
 
3       He is like a tree
                   planted by streams of water
         that yields its fruit in its season,
                   and its leaf does not wither.
         In all that he does, he prospers.
4       The wicked are not so,
                   but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
 
5       Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
                   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6       for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
                        but the way of the wicked will perish.

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. Compare and contrast the way of the wicked and the way of the righteous?
  5. How is the way of the righteous different than self-righteousness?
  6. How does the gospel of free grace deepen our understanding of the way of blessing?

Suggested Resources:
There are countless books on prayer, which is as much as anything an indication of how difficult it can be to do and do regularly. Believe it or not Martin Luther's barber struggled to pray too. So one day he asked Martin for help and advice on how to pray. So Martin wrote him a letter, which is invaluable even to this day for simple basic instruction on how to meditate on scripture and profit from doing so through prayer.

Songs for this week:
O for a Thousand Tongues
Jesus, Cast a Look on Me
O Love that Will Not Let Me Go
Thine Everlasting Throne
Take My Life and Let it Be

Sermon passage for this week: Mark 12:35-44

Until next time,

Will

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Verse 4

Praise to the Lord, 
O let all that is in me adore Him! 
All that hath life and breath, 
Come now with praises before Him. 
Let the Amen
Sound from His people again, 
Gladly for aye we adore Him.