Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God for the salvation that we have through the obedience of the Lord Jesus that took Him to the cross. Praise God that it is an eternal salvation He has purchased for us with His atoning sacrificial death.
- Confess the sin of not owning all the privileges of this salvation and, therefore, not shining as brightly, as a light in the world, as you could. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to grow in your knowledge of the blessings you have in Christ.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 55 – What is forbidden in the third commandment?
Answer – The third commandment forbids all unworthy use of anything by which God makes himself known.
Proof Texts – Leviticus 19:12; Matthew 5:33-37; James 5:12
Comment – Great care has to be taken when speaking of God, His names, His titles, His character and His works. Thoughtlessness is, and can be, no excuse.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 2:5-7a. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though He was in the form of God, … made himself nothing.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 2:12-18.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 2:12-18. The Christian's Workout.
We have spent this week looking at a deeply important passage, which sets out crucial truths to know about the Lord Jesus. Now, in verse 12 onwards, Paul shows us how knowing this humble and exalted Jesus should change our lives. Paul says here that we have a spiritual workout to go through, verse 12: "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". He immediately adds: "it is God who works in you". If we are Christians, it is because God the Holy Spirit has changed our lives. He has given us faith to believe in Jesus and a heart inclined to obey God. But the Christian faith is like exercising a muscle: our faith only grows and stays strong if we work at it. Thankfully, we work with the power God's Spirit provides.
What does it mean to "work out" our salvation with "fear and trembling"? Paul gives some examples in verses 13-18. He says we are to "do all things without grumbling or questioning". Simply not being grumblers will mark us out from the world, because the world is full of grumbling! To be content, joyful, thankful, is a mark of the Holy Spirit's work in us.
Paul also says we are to "shine as lights" in a dark world. Christians have hope for those suffering with illness, addiction, loneliness, or grief. In a world of darkness and confusion we can be guiding stars, leading people to the glorious light of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, Paul urges the Philippians to continue "holding fast" – clinging on – to "the word of life" - the Scriptures, the gospel. No workout can be completed without the right equipment, and no Christian will grow detached from God's Word. Paul says in verse 17 that even if he loses his life for his own Christian witness, it will be worth it if he knows that the Philippians are "holding fast" in theirs.
There are no shortcuts to holiness: it takes work and effort. But God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can complete a spiritual workout each day. How's your’s going right now?
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 107D. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that you can become more holy. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to work out your salvation with fear and trembling as you cling, hold fast, to the Word of God.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC