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"Wage the Good Warfare" and "The Way is Shut" - Preparing for Worship, 2017-06-11

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Morning Worship – “Wage the Good Warfare”

We continue our series on Joshua this Sunday, and the battle has begun. Israel most physically battle those in the promised land to obtain the promises. New Testament Christians face a similar battle, though ours is Spiritual rather than carnal.

Passages for Meditation

  • 1 Samuel 14:6. How does Jonathan exercise faith in God with respect to earthly matters?
  • Joshua 14:6-15. How does Caleb encourage Joshua? Compare his “pep talk” to others you may have heard (like from the coach before the “big game,” or, for the more literary, the Crispin’s Day speech of Henry V). What is similar? What is different?
  • 1 Timothy 6:11-16. How is our warfare similar to that of OT Saints? Different?

Questions for Consideration

  • With whom (or what) do we fight as Christians? Describe the battleground. The enemy?
  • What are the consequences of defeat?
  • How can we be assured of success?

Hymns for Proclamation

  • 30- Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
  • 590- Jesus, Master, Whose I Am.
  • 573- Am I a Soldier of the Cross? Why close with this hymn? Go beyond the obvious…

Evening Worship – “The Way is Shut”

We continue to peek into what worship was like in the Old Testament. What emotions would have been going through the heads of the Israelites as they drew near to the tabernacle?

  • Examining Ourselves. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper this Sunday evening. That famed hymn “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” encourages us to gaze at the cross and consider the cost of sin. “Here its guilt may estimate.” Give it a try; estimate the guilt of your sin. What effect has it had on your own life? What damage has it caused others? What does God think of it?
  • Psalm 125- Why are those who trust in the Lord like Mount Zion?
  • Hymn of the Month: 172- When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  • Sermon Text: Hebrews 9:1-14. It’s a compare and contrast them this week in “preparing for worship!” How is the New better than the Old? Why?
  • Final Hymn: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

Tags: hebrews, joshua, presence of god, spiritual warfare

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