The Word in Worship
In the teaching on January 15, Tom called us to join him in committing ourselves to delight in Christ through the Word this year. One way to do this would be to try a Bible reading plan that takes you through the New Testament, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Discipleship Journal publishes a plan that will do this and includes 5 suggestions for digging deeper as you read. The plan spaces out the gospel throughout the year in order to keep the story of Jesus fresh. Below you can download a PDF that includes a daily checklist for you to track your reading.
Loving God's Glory
How are you currently delighting in the Word of God? Do you find yourself happy because of your delight in the Word? Do you find yourself reading but not delighting in the Word?
How does this psalm point us forward to think of Christ? Are you regularly meditating on and delighting in the life of Christ?
Loving God's People
Meditating on the Word makes a man a fruitful tree. Are you bearing fruit in the lives of others because of your delight in the Word?
What can you do to make the Word a greater part of your family's life together? How can you contribute to CCC so that we will be a community of people who are delighting in the Word together?
Loving God's World
Do you think your lifestyle and decisions are characteristic of a person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers?
Are there ways in which the trivial things of the world have wrongly captured your attention? How has this detracted from your desire to meditate on the Word?
Quotes from Sunday's Teaching
God threatens terrible things if we will not be happy. [Jeremy Taylor]
God created man for nothing else but happiness. He created him only that he might communicate happiness to him. [Jonathan Edwards]
While I was staying at Nailsworth, it pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, irrespective of human instrumentality, as far as I know, the benefit of which I have not lost, though now, while preparing the eighth edition for the press, more than forty years have since passed away. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit. Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as a habitual thing, to give myself to prayer, after having dressed in the morning… The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words the Lord’s blessing upon His precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God, searching, as it were, into every verse, to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word; not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditate upon, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. Thus also the Lord is pleased to communicate unto me that which, very soon after, I have found to become food for other believers, though it was not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word that I gave myself to meditation, but for the profit of my own inner man. [George Mueller]
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