Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meaghan's Notes

These are the notes my daughter took on my wife's phone this morning during the sermon. Fair warning, there is a great deal of text type in these notes. I love the fact that she is listening and wanted to share these with us.

Hebrews 2:10-18
The founder of salvation
Why the incarnation? Why did this have to happen?
Sin entered into the world bc of Adam n eve
Psalms 22
Isaiah :17
Life long slavery, at the fall we began to be subject to evil. Jesus came in the flesh he is holy and divine n at the same time as he walked here on earth he was of the flesh. He understands the very things that we go through. He is able to help us when we are tempted
he came to rescue redeem us to reconcile all of humanity to him we have to believe we were created to be in a divine n intimate relationship with him. Everything that we do should bring glory to him.
To do justice to love kindness and walk humbly with our God.
He came to redeem the brokenness , the debt of sin had to be paid. God loves us so much that he gave his one and only son that so he could do what we can't do for ourselves.
He came in fulfillment of the scriptures and partook of the flesh he was arrested crucified he died put in A tomb n three days later he rose from the grave. He became flesh and blood bc he had to save flesh and blood. he came and fixed it to redeem sinners n to reveal a true and personal God who could help us through the things we walk through. Through his suffering he was made complete n perfect.
As we walk through suffering we can see that my God my king walked throughout it to because he came down n became flesh n suffered just like we suffer he was tempted by the devil and he stood and made it through. He himself has suffered so he can help us when we suffer. For he who sanctities and those who are sanctified all have one source.
God you are good u are all things u hold all things together I serve a risen savior!!
This has to be apart of the gospel if you leave him on the cross or tomb He is still dead but he rose from the dead!!
It was planned that a holy God came in flesh in blood and saved us.
Brings about restoration
What does it mean for you today?
Why is it important?
We are just not good enough to do it on our own.
Life is short ~it is important to do what you can to model the gospel.
As you walk through suffering, n help others through their suffering what can you do to lead them to the gospel
And he himself has suffered he is help to us who suffer

Became one of us
To walk with us
To help us through our suffering

God said it was GOOD and WE messed it up, so he sent his one and only son to come and die for us
God loves YOU
It is the reason by he came to walk among us n forgive us of our sins, we have all called to be reconciled to a Holy God
Take a risk to show that God is a Holy God
God has put you in this place for a reason to spread the gospel.
God will you continue to change me and help me walk through my struggle. He understands all that we have gone though and what we are going through

Made like us in everything so that he might become a merciful and high priest
We can stand on Christ Jesus
God created everything to be beautiful and we messed it up
I am victorious in-spite of who i am
He calls for us to be holy because he is holy rest in him the king of kings the lord of lords
"He's my brother he's my friend he the beginning and the end"
The one who created it all reconciled it all
He makes it good.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Puritan Prayer~ The Trinity

Three in One, One in Three, God of my Salvation,

Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,
I adore you as one Being, one Essence,
one God in three distinct Persons,
for bringing sinners to your knowledge and to
thy kingdom.

O Father, thou hast loved me and sent Jesus to
redeem me;

O Jesus, thou hast loved me and assumed my
shed thine own blood to wash away my sins,
wrought righteousness to cover my

O Holy Spirit, you have loved and entered
my heart, implanted there eternal life,
revealed to me the glories of Jesus.

Three Persons and one God, I bless and praise thee,
for love so unmerited, so unspeakable,
so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost
and raise them to glory.

O Father, I thank thee that in fullness of grace
thou hast given me to Jesus, to be his sheep,
jewel, portion;

O Jesus, I thank thee that in fullness of grace
thou have accepted, espoused, bound me;

O Holy Spirit, I thank thee that in fullness of
grace you have
exhibited Jesus as my salvation,
implanted faith within me,
subdued my stubborn heart,
made me one with him for ever.

O Father, thou are enthroned to hear my prayers,
O Jesus, thy hand is outstretched to take my petitions,
O Holy Spirit, thou art willing to help my
infirmities, to show me my need,
to supply words, to pray within me,
to strengthened me that I faint not in supplication.

O Triune God, who commandeth the universe,
thou hast commanded me to ask for those
things that concern thy kingdom and my soul.

Let me live and pray as one baptized into the threefold Name.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Puritan Prayer~ Divine Mercies

Thou Eternal God,

Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable
goodness, super-abundant grace;
I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s ‘lip’
as number Thy favours towards me;
I know but a part – but that part exceeds all praise.

I thank Thee for personal mercies,
a measure of health, preservation of body,
comforts of house and home, sufficiency of food
and clothing,
continuance of mental powers,
my family, their mutual help and support,
the delights of domestic harmony and peace,
the seats now filled that might have been vacant,
my country, church, Bible, faith.

But, Oh, how I mourn my sin, ingratitude, vileness,
the days that add to my guilt,
the scenes that witness my offending tongue;
All things in heaven, earth, around, within, without, condemn me –
the sun which sees my misdeeds,
the darkness which is light to Thee,
the cruel accuser who justly charges me,
the good angels who have been provoked to leave me,
Thy countenance which scans my secret sins,
Thy righteous law, Thy holy Word,
my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life,
my neighbors, myself –
all write dark things against me.

I deny them not, frame no excuse, but confess,
‘Father, I have sinned’;
Yet still I live, and fly repenting to Thy outstretched arms;
Thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings me near,
Thou wilt not condemn me, for He died in my stead,
Thou wilt not mark my mountains of sin,
for He levelled all,
and His beauty covers my deformities.

Oh my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging
to His cross, hiding in His wounds, and sheltering in His side.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Puritan Prayer~ Worship

Glorious God,

It is the flame of my life to worship thee,
the crown and glory of my soul to adore thee,
heavenly pleasure to approach thee.

Give me power by the Spirit to help me
worship now,
that I may forget the world,
be brought into the fullness of life,
be refreshed, comforted, blessed.

Give me knowledge of thy goodness
that I might not be over-awed by they greatness;
Give me Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God,
that I might not be terrified,
but drawn near with filial love,
with holy boldness;

He is my Mediator, Brother, Interpreter,
Branch, Daysman, Lamb;
him I glorify,
in him I am set on high.

Crowns to give I have none,
but what thou hast given I return,
content to feel that everything is mine
when it is thine,
and the more fully mine when I have yielded it
to thee.

Let me live wholly to my Saviour,
free from distractions,
from carking care,
from hindrances to the pursuit
of the narrow way.

I am pardoned through the blood of Jesus-
give me a new sense of it,
continue to pardon me by it,
may I come every day to the fountain,
and every day to be washed anew,
that I may worship thee always
in spirit and truth.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Puritan Prayer~ God Enjoyed

Thou Incomprehensible
But Prayer-hearing God,

Known, but beyond knowledge,
revealed, but unrevealed,
my wants and welfare draw me to thee,
for thou hast never said, ‘Seek ye me in vain’.

To Thee I come in my difficulties, necessities, distresses;
possess me with thyself,
with a spirit of grace and supplication,
with a prayerful attitude of mind,
with access into warmth of fellowship,
so that in the ordinary concerns of life
my thoughts and desires may rise to thee,
and in habitual devotion I may find a resource
that will soothe my sorrows,
sanctify my successes,
and qualify me in all ways for dealings with my fellow men.

I bless thee that thou hast made me capable.
of knowing thee, the author of all being,
of resembling thee, the perfection of all excellency,
of enjoying thee, the source of all happiness.

O God, attend me in every part of my arduous and trying pilgrimage;
I need the same counsel, defense, comfort I found at my beginning.
Let my religion be more obvious to my conscience,
more perceptible to those around.
While Jesus is representing me in heaven, may I reflect him on earth,
While he pleads my cause, may I show forth his praise.

Continue the gentleness of thy goodness towards me,
And whether I wake or sleep, let thy presence go with me,
thy blessing attend me.

Thou hast led me on and I have found thy promises true,
I have been sorrowful, but thou hast been my help,
fearful, but thou hast delivered me,
despairing, but thou hast lifted me up.
Thy vows are ever upon me,
And I praise thee, O God.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Puritan Prayer~ Man's Great End

Lord of all being,

There is one thing that deserves my greatest care,
that calls forth my ardent desires,
That is, that I may answer the great end for which
I am made –
to glorify thee who hast given me being,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;
Verily, life is not worth having
if it be not improved for this noble purpose.

Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of mankind!
Most men seem to live for themselves,
without much or any regard for thy glory,
or for the good of others;
They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue
the riches, honours, pleasures of this life,
as if they supposed that wealth, greatness,
merriment, could make their immortal souls happy;
But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these!
And how miserable ere long will those be that sleep in them,
for all our happiness consists in loving thee,
and being holy as thou art holy.

O may I never fall into the tempers and vanities,
the sensuality and folly of the present world!
It is a place of inexpressible sorrow, a vast empty nothingness;
Time is a moment, a vapour,
and all its enjoyments are empty bubbles,
fleeting blasts of wind,
from which nothing satisfactory can be derived;
Give me grace always to keep in covenant with thee,
and to reject as delusion a great name here or hereafter,
together with all sinful pleasures or profits.

Help me to know continually
that there can be no true happiness,
no fulfilling of thy purpose for me,
apart from a life lived in and for
the Son of thy love.

(Taken from ‘The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers,’ edited by Arthur Bennett)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hebrews Series

Join us this Sunday as we continue our series over Hebrews. Over the next few months we will be looking at the superiority of Christ and the finality and completeness of God's revelation and saving work in Him. God spoke through the prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Now He has spoken to us through His Son, the creator and heir of all things. Jesus Christ is the express image of God and the brightness of His Glory. Christ is our great and faithful High Priest.

This week's message, Greater Than The Angels, will be over the Hebrews 1: 5-14

For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”? 6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God's angels worship him.” 7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” 13 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?