This Week at Covenant Family Church

5.13.22

Hello brothers and sisters,

This Sunday I will preach on 2 Peter 3:8-13, in which the apostle Peter speaks of the coming of the day of the Lord. During the 10am lesson, I will teach a lesson on the epistle to the Hebrews. Hebrews 4:14 is a key verse to memorize or meditate on in preparation for the lesson. In the evening I will preach a sermon via YouTube as normal, although I have not yet decided on a text.

Recordings from Last Sunday

Lesson: Our Worship (33 min.)

Word, Water, and Fire (2 Peter 3:1-7) (38 min.)

An Epilogue of Judgment and Hope (Jeremiah 52) (39 min.)
You can find the full, now completed sermon series on Jeremiah at this link.

Principles of Worship

Here are a few principles of Reformed worship which we reviewed during the lesson last Sunday:

(1) Regulative principle – God tells us how to worship him; we only do in worship what he has taught us in his word is pleasing to him (Lev. 10:1-3, Col. 2:18-23). Some of the details of how we do these divinely prescribed elements are to be guided by general principles of Scripture (e.g. 1 Cor. 14:26, 40).

(2) Sabbath principle – God calls his people to gather to worship him on the sabbath day, a day of holy rest, which beginning with Christ’s resurrection is the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week (Lev. 23:3, Luke 24, Acts 20:7).

(3) Covenantal principle – Our Lord’s Day worship is a meeting of the triune God with his covenant people, in which our covenant bond with him is reaffirmed and manifested (Exod. 24, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 11:17-34). The order of worship is guided by this covenant relationship.

(4) Corporate principle – Unlike secret or family worship, public worship is done corporately as the church, acting as a body, including the whole body (young and old, rich and poor, etc.), and ideally showing continuity with the church through the ages (Jam. 2:1-4, Deut. 31:12).

(5) Reverence – Worship ought to be God-centered, pervaded with reverence and awe, lest we take his name in vain (Heb. 12:28-29, Mal. 1:14). Gratitude and love are also important, and they are shaped by reverence, given weight by the fact that it is God we are dealing with.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 97

Q 97: What is required for the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s Supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body, of their faith to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.

In this supper, Jesus holds out his hand to us. He testifies to his death, his promise, and our blessings and obligations as his people. But in this supper we also reach out and take his hand. We take and eat and drink. By receiving the bread and wine, we claim Christ’s redemptive death on our behalf, expressing our faith in him. We testify and renew our thankfulness, our engagement to God, and our mutual love and fellowship with each other, as members of the same body.

It is important to approach the Supper with this intent. To do otherwise is to partake in an unworthy manner, bringing judgment upon oneself (1 Cor. 11:27-31). We must not treat holy things with contempt. We must not, as it were, cross our fingers behind our back while shaking hands with God. Instead, we should examine ourselves and consider the meaning of the Supper as we approach it. The Lord’s Supper is for those who are resting upon Christ for salvation, repenting of their sins, and seeking after godliness. Examine, therefore, your knowledge of Christ, faith in him, repentance, love, and new obedience. And then receive the bread and wine with this knowledge and faith, remembering Christ’s death, feeding upon him by faith, giving thanks for his grace, and renewing your covenant with God and love for the saints.

In addition, not only do we have a responsibility to partake in a worthy manner, but the church also has a duty to guard the holy things (1 Cor. 5, Matt. 7:6, 16:19, 18:15-18). Thus, the Lord’s Supper is given to those who have been baptized, have publicly professed faith in Christ, and are members in good standing of a faithful Christian church.

At the same time, this does not mean we must wait until we feel worthy of Jesus, as if we must be free from sin to partake. He came to save sinners and in this sacrament promises remission of sins to those who believe in him. This sacrament is meant to increase the assurance, faith, and spiritual vitality of believers. It reminds us that Jesus is our strength, that apart from him we can do nothing, that it is through him that we have peace with God. So come to Jesus and find rest, refreshing, and nourishment for your weak and weary soul.

Worship Details

Hymns & Psalms
Hymn #394 “This Day at Thy Creating Word”
Psalm #126A “The LORD Brought Zion’s Exiles Back”
Hymn #111 “This is My Father’s World”
Psalm #98A “O Sing a New Song to the LORD”
Hymn #469 “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place”

Bible Texts, Sermon:
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 97
New Testament Reading: Romans 8:12-25
Sermon: “The Day of the Lord” – 2 Peter 3:8-13

 

Pastor Peter Bringe