Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God that He is Holy and that He calls us to be holy, too. Praise God that He has given us the means by which we can become increasingly holy, namely our interaction with Him in His Word. 1 Peter 1:15, John 17:17.
- Confess a specific and particular sin, and seek a verse or passage in God's Word that speaks to that sin and learn it.
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 that also applies to phrases which speak of God's attributes and works. For example, terms like; 'oh goodness', 'oh gracious me', ‘holy smoke' 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 1:19-26.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 1:19-26. A Life Worth Living.
In this passage Paul tells us three important things about himself. Firstly, he says he is eager – eager to honour Christ each and every day (verse 20). This is far from easy – notice Paul says he desires to do this; he doesn't say that he always does it perfectly. To "honour" Christ is to live in obedience to him, a life of holiness (see verses 1 & 2). For the young person this could mean rejecting the interests of a potential husband or wife because that person is not a believer; it could mean refusing to lower standards of effort in the workplace despite what others may be doing; it means honouring the Lord's Day each week in a world that doesn't. Paul is eager to honour Christ each day - even while he spends time in prison.
In verses 21-23, Paul tells us that he has a personal preference: he wants to "depart and be with Christ". Paul would love nothing more than to go to heaven and see his Saviour face to face! What could be better! Paul isn't saying he just wants to escape all his problems, but he is saying that to be with Jesus would be better than anything else. Are we excited for heaven? Are we looking forward to seeing Jesus face to face? One writer has said: "We should never think of heaven without thinking of Jesus Christ". Jesus is what makes heaven, heaven. To be with Him will be better than anything we ever experience on earth.
Finally, Paul tells us that although his preference is to be with Jesus, he is content to be on earth (verse 24). Paul knows that, as long as he's alive, he can help the church – people like the Philippians. For this reason, he is content to wait a little longer to see Jesus.
As long as we are alive, we have an opportunity to serve Jesus and His church. Whether this is through preaching or cleaning toilets, organising events, or praying in our homes, how might we use our lives to serve our King?
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 106A. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that heaven awaits those who are born again in Christ Jesus. Pray that, until that day comes, you will seek first the Kingdom of God in your life, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC