Preparing To Rejoice In Him // March 18, 2018




“A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


WORSHIP IN SONG :: This I Believe

Our Father everlasting, the all creating One
God Almighty
Through Your Holy Spirit, conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus, our Saviour

I believe in God our Father, I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit our God is three in One
I believe in the resurrection that we will rise again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus

Our judge and our defender, suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You
Descended into darkness, You rose in glorious life
Forever seated high

I believe in life eternalI believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints’ communion and in Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection when Jesus comes again
For I believe in the Name of Jesus



[23] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. [24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)


CONFESSION OF FAITH :: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 1-3

Q. 1. What is the chief purpose for which man is made?
The chief purpose for which man is made is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

Q. 2. What rule has God given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him?
The Word of God, which consists of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him.

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.


GOD’S WORD PREACHED :: Philippians 3:13-4:1

Philippians 3:13–21

[13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. [16] Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

[17] Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. [18] For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. [19] Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. [20] But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, [21] who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (ESV)

Philippians 4:1

[1] Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (ESV)

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