Preparing For Worship With The Gospel In View

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With the Lord’s day coming tomorrow, lets once again prepare our heart’s for worship. One way we can prepare our heart’s for worship is by getting sufficient sleep Saturday night. As John Piper says: “I am saying there are Saturday night ways that ruin Sunday…worship. Don’t be enslaved by them. Without sufficient sleep, our minds are dull, our emotions are flat, our proneness to depression is higher, and our fuses are short.” So, lets all try and get sufficient sleep tonight. As I have mentioned previously, prayer is an integral part of preparing for worship. So, lets once again pray for ourselves, that we would be meek and teachable when we come to worship. As James 1:21 says: “In meekness receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.” John Piper says: “Meekness is a humble openness to God’s truth with a longing to be changed by it.” So, lets pray for meekness and lets long to be changed by God’s word. Lets also pray for Ian, who will once again be leading us in worship. Lets pray for Mark as well, who will once again be preaching the Word of God to us.

Another way that we can prepare our heart’s for worship is by preaching the gospel to ourselves. I have found that this is a great way of stirring up my affections for Jesus. As the great Scottish minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne said: “Forgiveness of sins and acceptance with God become every day in my view more unspeakably precious.” Forgiveness of sins and acceptance with God become more unspeakably precious by preaching the gospel to ourselves. Jerry Bridges says: “we must always keep the gospel of God’s forgiveness through Christ before us.” The way I do this is I will think about how for the first 23 years of my life I was as Ephesians 2:12 says, which my Dad says this is one of the most depressing verses in the Bible: “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” I was without hope and without God in the world. I was as Charles Spurgeon said continually committing the: “sin of spitting with the very heart and soul and pouring contempt upon Christ by choosing some sin in preference to him.” I chose lots of sins in preference to him. I deserved nothing but the wrath of God. St. Augustine who became a believer later in life said that had he died in his sins he surely would have gone where his sins deserved. I know that is true of me as well. Had I died I surely would have gone to hell, where my sins deserved. However, God’s just and holy wrath that I should have borne, the Lord Jesus Christ bore on the cross in my place. Now all I know is grace! So, lets preach the gospel to ourselves every day, and pray that God would stir up our affections for Him.

With that said Mark will be looking at Genesis 1, as well as John 1:1-3 & 14. The ESV text is below. His three points are:

  1. God is
  2. God is Trinity
  3. God is Creator

Genesis 1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven.3 And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

John 1:1-3 & 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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