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Letting The Word Do Its Work – Again

At Ligonier, Steven Lawson recalls the well-known quote from Martin Luther about his belief that the event we know as the Reformation was primarily a ministry of God’s Word.
As Lawson goes on to add, tomorrow at MGPC we’ll be setting the Bible loose again confident that it will do its work.

As the Reformation began to break, Luther was approached: “Explain what is taking place here in Europe?” “Explain the Reformation?” Luther gave this famous answer: “I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word. Otherwise, I did nothing. And then I slept. And the Word so greatly weakened the Papacy that never a prince and never an emperor inflicted such damage upon it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.”

We’re not looking for gospel gimmicks in these days. We’re not looking trendy little techniques. We’re looking for men, and women, and churches, and seminaries, and ministries, and denominations who will stand up with the Word of God—teach it, preach it, write it, sing it, counsel it, lift it up, let it out, and let it fly. And let the Word do its work.

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Chasing The Wind (preparing for MGPC 14/10/18)

Song: Saviour Of the World
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Your Love Defends Me
Prayer Of Confession
Song: My God, My God To You I Cry
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism 24
Song: May The Grace Of Christ Our Saviour
Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 – The Apostle Paul thanks God for the Thessalonian Christians and commends their faithful reception of the gospel.
Bible Memorisation: Ecclesiastes 3:11
Song: Rejoice, The Lord Is King
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
Sermon: Chasing The Wind
The Lord’s Supper (gf bread)
Song: This Earth Belongs To God
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: Build Your Kingdom Here


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Nothing But Endless Repeats (preparing for MGPC 7/10/18)

Song: Jerusalem
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: No Other Name
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Alas, And Did My Saviour Bleed?
Affirming our Faith:
Song: Worship, Honour, Glory, Blessing
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
Bible Memorisation: Ecclesiastes 3:11
Song: All Things Bright And Beautiful
Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Sermon: Nothing But Endless Repeats
Song: This Is My Father’s World
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love of the Father


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Surprising Faith: That Of A Roman Centurion (preparing for MGPC 30/9/18)

Song: Rescuer
Welcome:
Call to Worship
Song: Made Alive
Prayer Of Confession
Song: Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean
Affirming our Faith: New City Catechism Q25
Song: Praise him From All Blessings Flow
Bible Reading: Haggai 2 – The LORD promises that the glory of the new temple (then being built) shall be greater than the glory of the former temple, that of Solomon, destroyed by the Babylonians.
Bible Memorisation: Mark 11:24-25
Song: Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
Bible Reading: Luke 7:1-10
Sermon: Surprising Faith: That Of A Roman Centurion
Song: Through The Love Of God Our Saviour
Announcements:
Pastoral Prayer:
Closing Blessing
Song: The Love of the Father


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Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 38

Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 38

103.
Q. What does God require in the fourth commandment?
A. First, that the ministry of the gospel and Christian education be maintained, and that I diligently attend church, especially on the Lord’s day, to hear the Word of God, to participate in the holy Sacraments, to call publicly upon the Lord, and to give Christian service to those in need. Second, that I cease from my evil works all the days of my life, allow the Lord to work in me through his Spirit, and thus begin in this life the eternal Sabbath.


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The Disappointment We Must Control (via Ralph Davis)

There is a form of remembering the goodness and grace of God that can kill faith in the present.
Ralph Davis, from a study on Ezra:

The Disappointment We Must Control – Ezra 3:12-13
What a mixed response! From Ezra 3:12b it looks like the memory of the first temple clouded the day for some (see 1 Kings 5-7on Solomon’s temple). The older folks could still recall that magnificence. And they could tell from the foundation of this projected temple that it would have none of the “pizzazz” of Solomon’s. There is no problem here with the candor of their weeping, but there is a danger in it – it could color the whole occasion. But you can understand them, can you not?
In 1953 my father purchased a new car, a 1953 Chevrolet. As usual, he selected the most basic, stripped-down, economical model. He bought the “150” model, which had black rubber instead of chrome trim on the back fender. There was no radio. It had only regular hubcaps, no wheel covers, and a standard transmission, no “Power Glide.” It was nothing like the fine looking “Bel Air” model. This second temple was a “150” model, and a major disappointment to those who had seen Solomon’s Bel Air style.
Sometimes nostalgia like this can kill a church. We can also have problems if a church does not meet our expectations in its ministry or fellowship. In our culture of hyped-expectations, we tend to think that what is low-key, ordinary, plain, simple and quiet must be rather worthless – and this attitude can infect God’s people. Sometimes we can be so caught up in desiring revival (not a series of meetings, but when God’s Spirit is poured out in a striking way) that we may forget that it’s possible to be faithful even when God doesn’t send revival. We can still engage in family worship, sincere public worship, loving intercessory prayer, consistent Christian living in school or workplace. Don’t despise the “day of small things” (Zech 4:10). What matters is not whether the church is grand, but whether she is genuine. The question is not “Is it jazzy here?” but “Is Jesus here?”
Can the people of God live through their gray days? Yes, by running with their fears to worship their Savior; by expecting that though God has dashed their hopes they will yet see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living; and by being content when God prefers to work in plain, ordinary, non-sensational ways.

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A House Of Prayer (via Jason Helopoulos)

Jason Helopoulos provides counsel to guard against prayerless worship services, which will contribute toward prayerless Christian lives.

…worship services should be filled with prayer. It’s insufficient to sing a few songs, read a text of Scripture, sing another song, and close the service. Though songs can be understood as a form of prayer, they’re not enough. Without formal prayer throughout the service, we are robbed of opportunity to learn and participate in the prayers of God’s people.

Read the whole post here.