Tuesday, May 21, 2024

God, by His Word, Our Joy and Counselor [Family Worship lesson in Psalm119:17–24]

What comfort does a believer have in his troubles? Psalm 119:17–24 prepares us for the opening portion of public worship on the Lord’s Day. In these eight verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the believer’s great comfort is God Himself, especially by means of His Word.
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2024.05.21 Hopewell @Home ▫ Psalm 119:17–24

Read Psalm 119:17–24

Questions from the from the Scripture text: What does the psalmist call himself in Psalm 119:17a? How does he ask God to deal with him? Unto what end (verse 17b)? What does he need, in order to see what (Psalm 119:18)? What is his status on earth (Psalm 119:19)? So, what does he need revealed to him (verse 19)? What is the condition of his soul (Psalm 119:20a)? For what does he long so much (verse 20b)? What does the Lord do to whom (Psalm 119:21)? So that they are in what state? As they do what? But what does the psalmist ask the Lord to do to him (Psalm 119:22a)? In accordance with what (verse 22b)? How formidable are the psalmist’s enemies (Psalm 119:23a)? And what is his own status (verse 23b)? But Whose servant is he? And upon what does he meditate? What two additional roles do the Lord’s testimonies have in his life (Psalm 119:24)? 

What comfort does a believer have in his troubles? Psalm 119:17–24 prepares us for the opening portion of public worship on the Lord’s Day. In these eight verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the believer’s great comfort is God Himself, especially by means of His Word.

God’s bounty for our obediencePsalm 119:17. Fleshly religion obeys in order to earn reward from its deity. But in the true religion, it is the bounteousness, the generosity, of God that even enables us to obey in the first place.

God’s grace for our understandingPsalm 119:18. The Word is more full of wonders than the world. But they are the sort of wonders to which sin more directly blinds us. While our eyes are still darkened, we cannot see them. A child with grace has more access to the wonders of Scripture than a PhD without it.

God’s instruction for our helpPsalm 119:19. As evidenced by this verse, the believer has been a stranger on the earth for much longer than since 1 Peter was written. It is by following God’s Word that we are able to operate with the whole world against us.

God’s judgments to satisfy our longingPsalm 119:20. O that we would so desire to know what God says about things that it felt like our souls would break with longing! How satisfying we would find Him in His Word! 

God’s mercies to remove our reproachPsalm 119:21-23. The proud of the world (Psalm 119:21), the princes of the world (Psalm 119:23), look down their noses at believers. They believe that they are the successful and powerful and intelligent and good ones. But Psalm 119:21 tells the reality of their situation: they are the cursed ones. They stray from the commandments of God; their days are numbered, and their end is destruction. It is better to be a servant of the Lord (Psalm 119:23b) than a prince who is against Him (verse 23a). For, to those to whom He gives to keep His testimonies, He will surely take away their reproach (Psalm 119:22). 

God’s testimonies to delight and counsel usPsalm 119:24. For those who have such a longing for God and His Word (Psalm 119:18Psalm 119:20), the things of this world just won’t do. God’s testimonies, however, are the godly one’s delight. I wonder, dear reader, are they your delight? 

And for believers who have no princes to support them (Psalm 119:23) because they are strangers in the earth (Psalm 119:19), God’s testimonies have a special role: they are the “men of my counsel” (Psalm 119:24b). It seems an odd thing to say about words, but they are living words of the living God. He is our great friend and counselor, and the testimonies of His Word are like a multitude of wise counselors, guiding us through life. 

How does God’s generosity relate to your obedience? To your understanding of the Word? How are the truths of His Word your delight? How are they your counselors?

Sample prayer:  Lord, deal bountifully with Your servants in this place. Make us to live and keep Your Word. Open our eyes, so that we may see wondrous things from Your law. We long for You and Your judgments. Your testimonies are our delight and our counselors. So, help us now, as we read Your Word, pray Your Word, sing Your Word, hear it preached, and have it confirmed to us in the Supper. Grant that by Your Spirit, we would draw near to You and reverence You through Your Son, in Whose Name we ask it, AMEN!

 Suggested songs: ARP119C “That I May Live and Keep Your Word” or TPH119B “Do Good to Me, and I Will Live”

Monday, May 20, 2024

How the Lord (Jesus!) Leads His People [2024.05.19 Evening Sermon in Numbers 10:11–36]


God leads His people by order, human leadership, expertise, but most of all Himself!

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God's Justifying of the Ungodly [Westminster Shorter Catechism 33—Theology Simply Explained]

Pastor walks his children through Westminster Shorter Catechism question 33—especially explaining how God makes sinners right with Him.

Q33. What is justification? Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein He pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
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God's Remedy for Anger [Children's Catechism 94—Theology Simply Explained]

Pastor walks his children through Children’s Catechism question 94—especially explaining what the Bible teaches about how to avoid angry passions to keep the sixth commandment.

Q94. What does the sixth commandment teach us? To avoid angry passions.
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The Dependence and Devotion of Truly Following Christ [2024.05.19 Morning Sermon in Matthew 8:18–22]


Following Christ can only be done by His grace, because following Christ costs us everything

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True Assurance [2024.05.19 Sabbath School in WCF 18.1c–d (Hopewell 101)]

WCF 18.1c–d presents the biblical teaching that God teaches believers to pursue assurance that they are in a state of grace, that this assurance is possible, and that this assurance is beneficial.
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Servants in God's Plan [Family Worship lesson in Romans 15:8–12]

How did the church come to have the strong and the weak in it together? Romans 15:8–12 prepares us for the sermon in the midweek prayer meeting. In these five verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the weak and the strong are together in Christ’s church, so that He might be glorified in each, and in how they welcome one another for His sake.
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2024.05.20 Hopewell @Home ▫ Romans 15:8–12

Read Romans 15:8–12

Questions from the Scripture text: What does the apostle say that Jesus has become (Romans 15:8)? To whom? In/for what area? To confirm what? Made to whom? And for whom else (Romans 15:9)? To do what? To Whom? For what? Where had this been predicted (cf. 2 Samuel 22:50, Psalm 18:49)? What would the Christ do among whom? What would He make them to do (Romans 15:10, cf. Deuteronomy 32:43Romans 15:11, cf. Psalm 117:1)? Who prophesied about who would bring this about (Romans 15:12; cf. Isaiah 11:10)? From where would the Root spring? What would He rise to do? Over whom? What would the nations (Gentiles) do? From Whom does this hope come (Romans 15:13)? With what does the apostle pray that God will fill them, as He brings them into this hope (cf. Romans 5:1–2)? Through what would this joy and peace come? How much hope would this produce in them? By what power?

How did the church come to have the strong and the weak in it together? Romans 15:8–12 prepares us for the sermon in the midweek prayer meeting. In these five verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the weak and the strong are together in Christ’s church, so that He might be glorified in each, and in how they welcome one another for His sake.

God’s plan for an international churchRomans 15:8-11. Jesus made Himself a servant/minister to the circumcision (Romans 15:8, Jewish believers/ Judaizing believers).He “confirmed” the promises to Abraham (and those who followed Abraham) not by giving more evidence or making them more believable, but by fulfilling them; He Himself is the truth of those promises (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:20)!

But Jesus was no less a servant of the nations (Romans 15:9, Psalm 18:40). It was His pleasure to initiate and lead a glorious, international worship service (Romans 15:10-11; cf. Deuteronomy 32:43, Psalm 117:1, Psalm 22:22). The Scriptures had always prophesied that He would do this!

God’s plan for doing so from among the JewsRomans 15:12. Multiple times, now, this letter has emphasized that the Lord’s saving plan focuses first upon the Jews and then upon the Gentiles (cf. Romans 1:16, Romans 2:9, chapters 9–11). And the Jews’ greatest glory is that from among them, came (according to the flesh) Jesus (cf. Romans 9:5). Jesus brought joy to the nations in a way that did not pass through the ceremonial law—that did not expose them to the same weaknesses as the Jews. But, still He was a servant to Jewish believers (Romans 15:8). Thus, He is the great example of how the strong are to serve the weak.

So, gloriously, the Christ was prophesied to come from the root of Jesse (Romans 15:12b, cf. Isaiah 11:1–10). The house of David would be cut down to such a stump that the new shoot would come from the root of Jesse, his father. Thus, all Gentile believers bow themselves under a Jewish King (Romans 15:12c) and trust themselves to a Jewish Savior (verse 12d). So, Jews are to rejoice in Christ’s gathering in of the nations, and Gentiles are to rejoice in the glory of a Jewish King. Christ is glorified in both, and each of us rejoice in Him, and in one another for His sake.

This is true not only of Jew and Gentile, but of all believers. Jesus Christ has made Himself our servants to bring us to praise God together in Him (cf. Romans 15:6). If Jesus was willing to be their servant, how could we refuse? So, let the strong carry the weak, not looking down their noses at them. And, let the weak welcome the strong as the treasured of Christ, and not condemn the strong for what they are liberated to do in the Lord Jesus. Serve and welcome one another for the sake of Jesus!

At church, at whom are you tempted to look down your nose? Whom are you tempted to condemn? How can you love and serve them instead? Whose glory must we all serve? How can we serve one another’s being built up into Christ?

Sample prayer: Lord, thank You for saving us in Your Son, so that all who are His might worship You together with Him. Forgive us for how we have failed to treasure one another, and give us to rejoice in one another’s salvation in Christ, we ask in His Name, AMEN!

Suggested songs: ARP197 “Christian Unity” or TPH409“Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

Sunday, May 19, 2024

2024.05.19 Lord's Day Live Streams [live at 10:10a, 11a, 3p]

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May 19 Lord's Day Worship Booklet
WCF 18.1c–d Sabbath School Outline
Matthew 8:18–22 Sermon Outline
p.m. song selections & Numbers 10:11–36
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