Our text is Philippians 4:8-9.
The final issue that Paul addresses is the Christian’s thought life. For Christians to grow in likeness to Jesus, we have to have a renewed mind (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23). God has blessed his church with his word as a primary means of purifying our minds. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). What we think matters, and it matters more than we think it does.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages. This series of Children’s Messages will look at spiritual gifts. Today’s message is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for a children’s bulletin and coloring coloring page to accompany today’s message: Children’s Bulletin, Coloring Page.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship:
Psalm 147:1, 5-6, 11
1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love (ESV)
Almighty God, we bow before you as your grateful people. We have come this morning to praise you, because you are infinitely worthy of our worship and our praise.
And you have redeemed us, put a song in our hearts, and given us a desire to worship you.
We are also here because you have the only words of life, and you are absolutely, and totally sufficient…
Father would you enable us by Holy Spirit to give you acceptable worship this morning. As we come to you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, help us worship you in a manner that would bring honor and glory to you. And also worship that would minister to our hearts, and encourage us to love and good works. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
In the morning services this month, our congregation will be singing Psalm 2. In introducing this psalm, Charles Spurgeon quotes the 18th century Biblical translator and commentator, Robert Lowth, “The establishment of David upon his throne, notwithstanding the opposition made to it by his enemies, is the subject of the Psalm. David sustains in it a twofold character, literal and allegorical. If we read over the Psalm, first with an eye to the literal David, the meaning is obvious, and put beyond all dispute by the sacred history … if we take another survey of the Psalm as relative to the person and concerns of the spiritual David, a noble series of events immediately rises to view, and the meaning becomes more evident, as well as more exalted. The colouring which may perhaps seem too bold and glaring for the king of Israel, will no longer appear so when laid upon his great Antitype. After we have thus attentively considered the subjects apart, let us look at them together, and we shall behold the full beauty and majesty of this most charming poem.” from The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon, www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm
Corporate Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-5
1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (ESV)
Leader: Present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God.
All: Almighty God, our Creator, we confess that we have not honored you with our bodies. Our feet are quick to walk in the way of wickedness. Our hands are eager to grasp and keep what is not ours. Our eyes are open to opportunity for every kind of evil. Our ears give heed to rumors, gossip, false witness, and lies. We open our mouths to speak evil. We close our mouths when we ought to speak words of encouragement and edification. From our hearts come all manner of evil intentions. Forgive us, we pray, for the totality of our sin, as you define it.
Leader: Who shall deliver us from this body of death? In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you.
All: Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that free from the bondage of sin, we might live for righteousness.
Leader: By his wounds you have been healed. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: 2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)
Through the instrument of faith we are justified by the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ alone. Glory be to God!
Affirmation of Faith:
The Westminster Larger Catechism
Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ?
Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it; who are in time by the Holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel.
Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
They who, having never heard the gospel, know not Jesus Christ, and believe not in him, cannot be saved, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, or the laws of that religion which they profess; neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ alone, who is the Savior only of his body the church.
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Teaching (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message)
(You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
God’s tithes and offerings are a sign of our larger commitment to serve him in the world. Ours is a life of total stewardship—time, talents, financial resources, and abilities. Let us take the opportunity to minister the love of Christ to our neighbors and friends.
(Online giving is now available for your convenience. This link, https://www.faithpresarp.org/give/, will take you to the page that explains this process and includes a button which will redirect you to the secured giving platform.
Written by John Newton, our hymn was first published in 1779. Zion, the city of God and the center of this hymn, has long been pictured as an important symbol of the strength and identity of God’s people. In verse 2 we see rich imagery coming from one of the most unique geographic features of Jerusalem, the life-giving water from the Gihon Spring, an intermittent spring that promised fresh water for ancient settlers of Jerusalem. The hymn concludes in verse 4, directing us to make sure we are a “saved by grace member” of God’s Holy City – for only there will Zion’s children find “solid joys and lasting treasure.”
Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Prayer for Illumination and Sermon: A Christian’s Thought Life
Horatius Bonar wrote nearly 600 hymns. Horatius knew a great deal about suffering and affliction, his hymns show that truth – he lost five children in their early years and sadly, Horatius was greatly afflicted during the last two years of his life. Horatius’ hymns are always pointing us to the finished work of Jesus. The truths in this hymn resonate with the assurance found in Romans 8 – “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
1. What does Paul mean when he says to think about commendable things? How do you do this?
2. How are you doing in the discipline of spending unhurried, uninterrupted time with God?
3. Do you know the peace that comes from being in God’s presence?
Spiritual Gifts: The Gift of Teaching
We are learning about spiritual gifts in the Bible from Romans 12:4-8. (International Children’s Bible Version)
6 We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace that God gave us. In verse.7 it says – If one has the gift of teaching, he should teach.
Do you have the spiritual gift of teaching?
If you do, you likely can talk to people plainly about God and the truths of His WORD.
In the Bible we have a great example of this: In Acts 18:24-26 we read about three teachers Apollos, Aquila and Priscilla: 24 A Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was born in the city of Alexandria. He was an educated man who knew the Scriptures well. 25 He had been taught about the Lord. He was always very excited when he spoke and taught the truth about Jesus. But the only baptism that Apollos knew about was the baptism that John taught. 26 Apollos began to speak very boldly in the synagogue, and Priscilla and Aquila heard him. So they took him to their home and helped him better understand the way of God.
Apollos knew some things about God, but Aquila and Priscilla taught him to better understand God’s way.
That is what Bible teachers do – Holy Spirit gives them a gift to go and tell others about Jesus and how he has forgiven our sins and loved us and given us eternal life?
Bible teachers are learners – they are curious about things, so they read and think and investigate, so they can teach others what they learn about the Bible even more accurately, and they make sure that what they teach agrees with all of the rest of God’s Word. If you have this spiritual gift of teaching, you will seek to understand and explain God’s Word and share what you learn by writing and talking to others.
Bible teachers are learners – they are curious about things, so they read and think and investigate, so they can teach others what they learn about the Bible even more accurately, and they make sure that what they teach agrees with all of the rest of God’s Word.
If you have this spiritual gift of teaching, you will seek to understand and explain God’s Word and share what you learn by writing and talking to others.