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Household Worship Guide – 09/28/13

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Prayer
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Address God and Praise Him for Who He Is (Matthew 6:11)

  • God’s Wisdom: “Because God is wise, He has to be all-wise. He couldn’t be a little bit wise. If I thought that God were only a little bit wise, or even ninety percent wise, I’d never get to sleep tonight. If I were to listen to the 10 o’clock news and hear what they’re doing in the Congo and in Laos, if I heard that enemy soldiers had broken through the lines – if I knew those things and believed that God were only partly right, I’d never be able to sleep. I’d worry myself into a state of shock. But I believe that God is infinitely wise, altogether discreet. ‘The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens’ (Proverbs 3:19). We don’t have to worry about it, because God is wise – infinitely wise” (A.W. Tozer, Attributes of God).
  • The Names of God: Jehovah-Rapha
  • Meaning: The Lord Who Heals
  • Exodus 15:25-27; Psalm 103:3; Psalm 147:3 (1 Peter 2:24)

Thank God for All That He Has Provided (Ephesians 5:20)

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Pray For the Ministry of Other Churches (Matt. 28:18-20)

  • The Promise, Hemet CA – Website

Pray For the Gospel to Spread Among All Peoples (Matt. 9:37-38)

  • Country: Peru
  • Population: 29,850,000
  • Total People Groups: 103
  • Unreached People Groups: 9
  • Religion: Catholic: 82{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9}, Evangelical 12{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9}, 6{e0b72a53c242df1424785628340537005f8b2ebeecfbb0205a95286f7b4c8fc9} Other
  • HeartCry Missionary: HeartCryMissionary.com has a list of 22 missionaries to pray for.
  • Overview – “The Republic of Peru is in western South America and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. The Peruvian climate is extremely diverse, ranging from the desert coasts, to the far-reaching Andes Mountains, to the deep jungles of the Amazon Basin. Before the Spanish conquest of the 16th century, Peruvian territory was home to the Inca Empire, which was the largest civilization in pre-Columbian America. Today, Peru is a developing country and a representative democratic republic. Since the early 2000’s, Peru has had one of the world’s fastest growing economies, but there is still considerable economic disparity, with over 50 percent of the population living in poverty.

    Throughout its history, Peru has been heavily influenced by Catholicism, which is officially recognized as the state church. Today, 83 percent of the population is Catholic, though only 5 percent attend mass regularly. Over the last fifty years, the evangelical church in Peru has grown dramatically, increasing from just 78,000 in 1960 to over 3.4 million today; but the need is still great. Among the Andes Mountains and the deep jungles of the Amazon, there are still countless faraway and often abandoned villages whose inhabitants have yet to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and can only be reached after many hours of travel by foot or boat” (HeartCryMissionary.com).

“Give us this day our daily bread”

Pray For Yours and Your Family’s Needs (Matthew 6:11)

Pray For One Another (James 5:16)

  • A list of families to pray for can be had by logging into the CITY.

Pray For Those Who Feed, Lead, And Care For The Flock (Col. 4:3; 2 Thess. 3:1)

  • Elders: Joe Anady, Steve Bovee, Kris Vanderschuit
  • Deacons: Dave Anady, Mike Thezier

Pray For Kings And Those In Authority (1 Timothy 2:2)

  • Local: Hemet City Council – Shellie Milne, Bonnie Wright
  • State: Governor – Jerry Brown
  • Nation: California Senators – Dianne Feinstein, Barbra Boxer

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Ask Forgiveness From God And Others. Forgive Those Who Sinned Against You. (1 John 1:9)

“lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Pray That God Would Strengthen Us From Giving Into Temptation (James 1:12-17).
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Worship through Song
Song of the Month

  • I encourage you to incorporate musical worship in some way within your household worship time. This is also a great way to prepare for worship Sunday worship by learning the songs we sing.
  • “O Great God” by Sovereign Grace Music can be purchased and downloaded here.

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Preparing for the Lord’s Day
Our Sermon Text for This Week Is: Galatians 2

  • “Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. 3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. 6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised 8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), 9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. 11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” 15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. 17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

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Family Scripture Reading

The scriptures follow the reading plan for families outlined in Emmaus’ Passages booklet.

  • Sunday – 1 Kings 1, Gal. 5
  • Monday – 1 Kings 2, Gal. 6
  • Tuesday – 1 Kings 3, Eph. 1
  • Wednesday – 1 Kings 4-5, Eph. 2
  • Thursday – 1 Kings 6, Eph. 3
  • Friday – 1 Kings 7, Eph. 4
  • Saturday – 1 Kings 8, Eph. 5

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Catechism – Instruction of God’s Word

Doctrinal Standard WSC #90

  • Q. How is the word to be read and heard in order to become effective for salvation?
  • A. For the word to become effective for salvation, we must pay careful attention to it, prepare ourselves, and pray for understanding. We must also receive it with faith and love, treasure it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.

Memory Verse(s)

  • “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15, ESV).

Scripture

  • Study Passage: Matthew 13:1-23
  • Support Passages: Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 119:11, 18-19; Proverbs 2:1, 8:34; Luke 8:18, 9:44; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Thessalonians 2:8-12; Hebrews 2:1,4:2; James 1:21, 25; I Peter 2:1-3
  • Bible Story: Acts 17:1-14

Thoughts

  • “Paul the Apostle once said: ‘Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel’ (1 Cor. 1:17). The preaching of the word of God, then, has a certain priority. It is more important than the sacraments. Thus the Bible constantly reminds us that God uses ‘the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe’ (1 Cor. 1:21), and that ‘the gospel… is the power of God unto salvation’ (Rom. 1:16) since ‘faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ (Rom. 10:17). The reason is obvious: the sacraments by themselves do not convey a clear message to the ignorant and uninstructed man. A man who had never known about Christ could witness the sacrament of baptism and still know nothing about Christ, if he did not also hear the word with the sacrament. The sacraments depend upon the word. But the word is intelligible in itself. When the word is faithfully preached, the explanation or meaning is self-evident! So God uses the word as the ordinary means of convincing and converting sinners. And let it be noted that it is especially the preaching of the word that God uses in this work.”[1]

Discussion Questions

  • Where should the Word of God be read and heard?
  • Explain in practical ways you can pay more careful attention to the reading and hearing of the word.
  • How do you or how can you prepare yourself for the reading and hearing of scripture?
  • Why should we pray for understanding when reading and listening to the Word of God?
  • How do you receive scripture with faith and love?
  • What does it mean to “treasure it in our hearts?”
  • Why is it important that we strive to practice what the Word teaches?

 


[1] Williamson, C.I. (2003). The Westminster Shorter Catechism – 2nd Edition. Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USA; P&R Publishing Company.

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