Scripture Readings:Â Ezekiel 22:26; 1 Timothy 4:4-5 September 6, 2015 * Download this sermon (PDF) Dear Congregation of Christ: What do Reformed Christians like us mention the most in theological conversations? By far, our favorite word is â€œcovenant,â€ such as â€œcovenant children,â€ â€œcovenant people,â€ and â€œcovenant promises.â€ Many of our churches have the words â€œCovenant […]
We see a clear pattern of “morning and evening” in the Scripture, starting from the creation week in Genesis 1, “And there was evening and there was morning” on the first six days. This natural rhythm is also used in the daily morning and evening (twilight) sacrifices in the tabernacle (Num 28:4) Psalm 92 […]
The public reading and preaching of Scripture is a means of grace, because it is through the preaching of the gospel that the Spirit regenerates the hearts of people, enabling them to willingly repent and believe in Christ. As such, we are to honor this means of God’s grace through diligent preparation and proclamation.
I remember our younger days when our Lord’s Day practically started on Saturday evening. We all ironed our clothes and spit-shined our shoes. My mother prepared our meals for Sunday. There was no staying late on Saturday nights, because there were no malls, no computers, no video games, not even late-night parties.
We do not enter the eternal Sabbath based on our own faulty righteous works, but based on the perfect sacrifice and righteous works of Jesus our Great High Priest, through whom we “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:14-16).
Give me in rich abundance the blessings the Lordâ€™s Day was designed to impart;
May my heart be fast bound against worldly thoughts or cares;
Flood my mind with peace beyond understanding.
In the first three centuries of Christianity and during the Reformation, believers met for worship to the peril of life and limb. The Puritans of the 17th century walked on the Lord’s Days to their churches through creeks and crags, meadows and mountains, searing heat and freezing cold.
If Isaiah were alive today, he would call prosperity gospel preachers and most televangelists and megachurch pastors blind, ignorant, useless, greedy and insatiable dogs, just as he called the false shepherds of Israel “silent dogs” who are blind, without knowledge, and who have never enough.