Weekly Update: April 28, 2015

Dear Family,

Our Spring Term for First Hour came to an end Sunday with the final Digging Deeper session. I enjoy "digging deep" together in God's Word and discussing the unchanging truths found there. We offer this class on a regular basis, so stay tuned for future opportunities if you weren't able to participate this time.

Be sure wish Paul a happy birthday if you get the chance. Here he is earlier this morning with the Bible study ladies:

Let's keep our women in prayer as they leave for their Retreat this weekend in Live Oak. Reina Cherry will be leading the ladies to reflect on God's kindness as he lovingly calls and pursues his children.

This Sunday I will be preaching on Mark 8:27-9:1, as well as administering the Lord's Supper (for the first time!). Take some time in the days ahead to prepare yourself for communing at the Lord's Table.

WLC 171. How are they that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to prepare themselves before they come unto it?

They that receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper are, before they come, to prepare themselves thereunto, by examining themselves (1 Cor 11:28) of their being in Christ (2 Cor 13:5), of their sins and wants (1 Cor 5:7); of the truth and measure of their knowledge (1 Cor 11:29), faith (2 Cor 13:5), repentance (1 Cor 11:31); love to God and the brethren (1 Cor 10:16-17), charity to all men (1 Cor 5:8), forgiving those that have done them wrong (Matt 5:23-24); of their desires after Christ (Jn 7:37), and of their new obedience (1 Cor 5:7-8); and by renewing the exercise of these graces (1 Cor 11:25-28; Heb 10:21-24), by serious meditation (1 Cor 11:24-25), and fervent prayer (Mt 26:26). 

Grace and peace,