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Getting our Hearts Ready for Sunday
~A Note from Pastor James~
Good morning! This week we will look at how God struck a covenant with Abram in Genesis 15 and 17. Take some time to read through Genesis 12-18 to catch up on what is going on and see how God acts in Abram’s life. We will be pondering the implications not only of the covenant (Gen 15), but also of the covenant sign (Gen 17) and what it means that in the midst of blessing us by calling us to himself, God does not leave out our families. What a joy to see God’s blessing through our children and generations as the Holy Spirit works in their lives. We will also talk about why the covenant with Abram was so important to God’s people and how there are both temporal and eternal fulfillments of that covenant. We will see as we continue through scripture that this covenant, along with the ones made to Moses and David, are keys to the Jewish understanding of faith. I encourage you to find material to expand your understanding of covenants. After all, as I said before, it is through the covenants that God has always chosen to act towards man, so to understand them is to understand how God wants us to interact with him. One resource for better understanding the covenants is a book by Jonty Rhodes called “Covenants Made Simple.” There are also deeper books, such as the classic “The Christ of the Covenants” by O. Palmer Robertson. However you choose to continue your studies, take some time to learn about covenants and scripture. This will help to clarify God’s mission and action in scripture.
This week we will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. Take some time to examine your hearts, as Paul instructs in 1 Corinthians 11. Are there any areas that you need to repent of or confess? Where are you turning instead of to God? Repent of these things, ask forgiveness and seek to turn back to God. After all, we are reminded in Westminster Shorter Catechism 97:
Q: What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
A: It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their fatih to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves. (see 1 Corinthians 11:27-32)
Our sacraments are beautiful opportunities to celebrate together God and his work in our lives. I cannot wait to worship with you all on Sunday!!
Grace and Peace,