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"Wily" - Preparing for Worship May 28

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Morning Worship – “Wily”

Passages for Meditation

  • Matthew 10:5-15. Jesus’ closing statement is quite strong. What is the logic behind such a stern warning? Why do these individuals receive greater condemnation? Consult Hebrews 12:18-29. Why is judgement harsher that in it was in the OT?
  • Sermon text: Joshua 9. What should the Gibeonites have done? What would have been the “right” way to receive salvation in this case (remember that Israel is not allowed to make a treaty with any people in the land)?
  • 1 John 1:8-10

Questions for Consideration

  • Why is it so difficult to be honest with God about the depth of our sin and neediness?
  • What as some of the tactics we use to “get around” a full confession of sin? Analyze your prayers. Are you honest with God and with yourself? Where are you “wily” in you requests for mercy, help, and salvation?

Hymns for Proclamation

  • 110- Hallelujah Praise Jehovah
  • 248- Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast The Offended
  • 377- Jesus Where’er Your People Meet
  • 154- Thou Art the Way.

Evening Worship – “My God! I Know, I feel thee mine!” (Charles Wesley)

  • Examining Ourselves. We will be celebrating communion this week, and the theme is the presence of God. God has drawn near to us. How have you neglected that great New Covenant benefit? How can you reclaim it? Consider Psalm 42 in your reflections.
  • First hymn: 36- Immortal Invisible God Only Wise. This hymn describes God as “inaccessible.” How then are we able to have a relationship with hum?
  • Psalm 124
  • Sermon Text: Hebrews 8. What are the “better promises” on which the New Covenant is grounded? What was insufficient about the previous covenant?
  • Final Hymn: 340. Come Dearest Lord Descend and Dwell.

Tags: confession, forgiveness, grace, presence, truthfulness

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