Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God for the privilege of the Lord's Day public worship and rest. Praise God that His Word is living and active, and that we are commanded to be quick to hear it. James 1:19
- Confess the sin of not being attentive to the Word preached. Pray for the Lord's help to prepare for worship, whether private, family, or public, that you might receive His Word as the Word of the one true living God.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 54 – What is required in the third commandment?
Answer – The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s name, titles, attributes, ordinances, Word, and works.
Comment – Most Christians understand that we are to use the name of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, with conscious care. Many Christians however do not understand that this also applies to phrases which speak of God's attributes and works. For example, terms like; 'oh goodness', 'oh gracious me', ‘holy smokes' are misuses of words which speak of God's being and work, and therefore should not be used.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 1:6 – "And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 1:1-2.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 1:1-2 - Joyful Greeting
Receiving a letter probably doesn't seem very exciting for us today. But imagine you were one of the young Canadian soldiers sent off to fight in the First World War in 1914. You have no WhatsApp or FaceTime or Skype - not even a landline telephone. Your only way of hearing from your loved ones would be by letter. Think how encouraging it would be to hear from them, huddled in your trench, while the war rages around you.
The people to whom Paul wrote this letter lived in the city of Philippi (in modern-day Greece). They weren't fighting a war with guns and knives, but they were in a spiritual warzone, surrounded by people who had entirely different beliefs from them. And yet Paul begins his letter with great joy.
First, he describes himself and his young friend, Timothy: servants of Jesus Christ (verse 1). This word could also be "slaves". In Paul's world, a slave's life was entirely directed by their master: he told them when to get up, what to wear, how to manage his house. The slave didn't make any decisions for themselves. Paul says he and Timothy are slaves of Jesus - but Paul was delighted about it, even though he was writing to the Philippians from prison.
Secondly, Paul describes the Philippians: “saints” (verse 1). Most people today think that hardly anyone is a saint. Paintings of "saints" usually show someone very old, holding a Bible, who looks far more important than us. But in the New Testament, this is a description of all Christians. It means we are different, set apart, holy. It's not that we're any better than other people by nature; it simply means that we belong to Jesus and live in obedience to God's Word. The Philippians lived in a city that was proud of its identity. Philippi was like a mini version of the great city of Rome – everything from its architecture to its fashion designs. But Paul reminds his readers that they are saints: holy people, different from the Romans and everyone else; servants of the greatest Master of all. If you are a Christian, this is who you are as well: a slave, and a saint, of Jesus Christ.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 106A. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that we have His Word, and that it gives us knowledge and instructs us as to how we are to live, for His glory and our good.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC