It is the beauty in Christ that fuels true obedience in us.
John Newton expresses this truth in one hymn:
“Our pleasure and our duty,
Though opposite before,
Since we have seen His beauty,
Are join’d to part no more:
It is our highest pleasure,
No less than duty’s call,
To love Him beyond measure,
And serve Him with our all.”
As the William Cowper hymn says:
“To see the law by Christ fulfilled,
And hear his pardoning voice;
Transforms a slave into a child,
And duty into choice.”
Message title: Beauty of Duty & Dependence
Tenth week of the ReCreate coincides with the second week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism
Scriptures: 1st Chronicles 29:10-12; Isaiah 42:5-7; Luke 11:1-13
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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Additional quotes shared during message:
“Do not rest until love and faith in Jesus are the master passions of your soul.” —Charles Spurgeon
“We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.” —A.W. Tozer
The fourth chapter of the Story Catechism is about how we are meant to be together with God:
It was God’s desire that Man and Woman would always be with Him and take care of His creation.
God would always love Adam and Eve and take care of them.
Because God was faithful, God would always provide everything they needed.
Eden was home because God was with them.
God was in control and had complete authority.
- Learning Together for July 3rd outlines the second week in the Story Catechism
- Renew Summer: For ten weeks we’re journeying with the Story Catechism as a tool to use as a church family “on the go” this Summer, taking our identity as God’s children with us.
- Audio for instruction for using the Story Catechism this Summer can be found here. Enjoy! #weareintheStory
- More about first week in the Story Catechism here.
1st Chronicles 29:10-12 (NLT)
David’s Prayer of Praise
10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:
“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a] may you be praised forever and ever!11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
- 29:10 Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob.
Isaiah 42:5-7 (NLT)
God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
life to everyone who walks the earth.
And it is he who says,
6 “I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you,
and I will give you to my people, Israel,
as a symbol of my covenant with them.
And you will be a light to guide the nations.
7 You will open the eyes of the blind.
You will free the captives from prison,
releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.
Luke 11:1-13 (ESV)
The Lord's Prayer
11 Now Jesus[a] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[c] he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
- Luke 11:1 Greek he
- Luke 11:3 Or our bread for tomorrow
- Luke 11:8 Or persistence
- Luke 11:11 Some manuscripts insert bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for
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