Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God that the Lord Jesus is going to return to the world and that He is going to exercise perfect judgement. Praise God for the hope of eternal life.
- Confess the sin of living too much with an eye to this world and not enough on the next. Pray for the Holy Spirit's help to look toward heaven.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 56 – What is the reason attached to the third commandment?
Answer – The reason attached to the third commandment is that though the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the LORD your God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgement.
Proof Texts – Deuteronomy 28:58-59, 1 Samuel 3:13, 1 Samuel 4:11
Comment – No one can escape the judgement of God.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 3:13,14. “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, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 4:1-7a.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock, RPCI), with slight amendments.
Ch 4:1-7a. "In the Lord"
One of Paul's favourite descriptions of the Christian life is that we are "in the Lord". The description reminds us that once we are in God's family of faith, we can never be removed from it again: we are in Christ, and he is in us, an unbreakable bond.
Paul says that we are to stand firm in the Lord (chapter 4:1). This is a repeated command in Philippians (see chapter 1:27), and it is a firm command. Yet Paul says this with great affection: he calls the Philippians his "brothers"; he says he loves them and longs for them; he describes them as his "joy and crown". We should always remember that the commands Christ has given us, however challenging they may be, are given by the One who loves us with more affection and perfection than anyone else on earth.
Paul also tells the Philippians to agree in the Lord (verse 2): he instructs two women, Euodia and Syntyche to agree. For some reason, was a problem between them. Sadly, this can happen in the church, even among committed, godly men and women. Notice, however, that these women were not troublemakers; they were faithful servants of Christ (see verse 3) – but they had fallen out. It can happen in the church. When it does, every effort must be made for believers to reconcile, and agree again. Few things are worse for the witness of the local church than disagreement among her members.
Lastly, Paul tells the Philippians that they should rejoice in the Lord (verse 4). This doesn't mean keeping a fake smile on our faces at all times; but it means that we keep Christ in mind, and we take comfort from knowing that he will return (verse 5). When we are anxious or hurting, verse 6 tells us what to do: take it to the Lord in prayer. Doing so regularly will produce a peace in our hearts (verse 7) that cannot be found anywhere else. The place of prayer is a place of reassurance, joy, and peace.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 108A. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that nothing can separate us from God's love and from being part of the eternal community that is His family.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC