October 6, 2017 - Preparing for the Lord’s Day
Puritan John Preston once commented that, “To be in Christ is the ground of all salvation.” It is from our union with Christ that every aspect of salvation flows. Our election, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification all flow from being joined to Christ by God’s grace. This week, we will begin a three week study of union with Christ as found in Colossians 3:1-4. Here the Apostle Paul explains to the Colossian church that they are to set their minds on the reality of their union with Christ in His past, present, and future work of salvation. We will begin by exploring how our union with Christ in His past work is to orient our lives in the present. To come prepared for the sermon take time this week to read and to meditate upon Colossians 3:1-4, Romans 6:5-14 and Westminster Larger Catechism 66-69
As we gather to worship our Savior, we will join our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”, the Acclamation of Praise “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”, and the Hymn of Response “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”. 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!