February 15, 2019 - Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
EXILES IN A FOREIGN LAND
1 Peter Sermon Series
In a world of constant interruption and input, it is extremely difficult to discipline your mind to focus. The immediate distractions of media, email, advertisements, and cell phones make it difficult to set your mind upon those things which are eternal and godly. Yet we who live in the digital era are not alone in our struggle to focus upon those things which matter most. In our passage for this week, Peter is encouraging the church to rid their minds of distractions and addictions so that they may set their minds upon the truth of the gospel message. Do you find yourself struggling to focus on the things that are most important? Do you feel that the immediate needs of this world push out the eternal concerns of salvation and holiness? You are not alone. All Christians need a reminder to push aside those things which distract and confuse so that we may set our minds upon Christ. To come prepared for the sermon, take time this week to read and to meditate upon 1 Peter 1:13, Psalm 27:4 and 86:11, Luke 12:35-40, Ephesians 5:15-18, Hebrews 12:1-2, and Westminster Confession of Faith 13.
As we gather to worship our loving Father this Lord’s day, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “How Great Thou Art,” the Acclamation of Praise “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” and the Hymn of Response “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending.” Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!
If you’re going to be out of town this Sunday, let me encourage you to listen to the sermon online (usually posted by Monday afternoon) or you can download the REPC podcast, which will be delivered to your mobile device.