To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, we have considered some distinctives of a reformed piety. By reformed piety, we mean those things which ought to characterize people who believe as we do in the reformed church. Though not an exhaustive look, we have demonstrated that people who believe the reformed faith will have:
- A high view of God in his majesty and glory as the Almighty and Sovereign Lord;
- A penetrating and abiding sense of our own sin and its greatness;
- An abounding joy in the Lord and his great salvation;
- A gratitude to God which intrudes into all we think, say and do.
- A corporate character of grace, of grace as God dispenses it in the world and by which he saves his people, especially through the family.
- And finally, a serious and biblical form of worship.
For this we will turn to the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes where Solomon is concerned with two aspects of the state of religion found within God’s people. The two concerns of religion in his day consisted of the people thinking too lightly of God, and consequentially, then, thinking too highly of themselves. This is indicated by the ease with which they entered the worship center, and the way they cavalierly made vows to God. Sadly, things are not much different today. David Wells has written, “The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, His grace is too ordinary, His judgment is too benign, His gospel is too easy, and His Christ is too common.”
As we look at Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 we must ask the question: Is God pleased with our worship? Have you ever wondered if your worship is acceptable to God? God takes worship seriously. Join us Sunday as we ask the question, what pleases God in worship?
Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it? That means it is Advent time. Advent begins Sunday, December 3. This year we are looking at the prophet Isaiah to discover how he foretold of the Messiah hundreds of years before he was born. And we are inviting you to join us by reading along in the book of Isaiah during the month of December. Chad has prepared a reading calendar that will take you all the way through the book of Isaiah in a month. It will be available this Sunday. Please pick up a copy and read along with us. You can also access this calendar electronically from our FB page and our website at redeemerpca.org.
May your holidays be filled with the presence and peace of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria,