In an effort to help you prepare for the Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections about church health and vitality, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days.
1.Article 29 of the Belgic Confession outlines the marks of the true church as 1) engaging in the pure preaching of the gospel; 2) making use of the pure administration of the sacraments as Christ instituted them; 3) practicing church discipline for correcting faults. Are there other marks that ought to be included? Why? (For those wanting to read the full text of Article 29, it can be found here
2. Sing and meditate on the words of The Church’s One Foundation, PH#502. It can be found here
or on youtube here
or upon the words of Jesus, with your church abide, PH #508. It can be found on youtube here
3. Read and pray any of these Scriptures for yourself and your church: Hebrews 4:12; Acts 2:42-47; John 13:35; 1Peter 3:15; Micah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-20
4. Read Heidelberg Catechism Q116 on Lord’s Day 45 here
5. Write a prayer for our church, expressing to God your longings and desires for what she would be and do in 2020.
I hope you find these resources helpful and an encouragement to your own spiritual life in the coming days, and I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday.
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