This devotional guide will prepare you for the September 23 sermon, “You are my son.” In the current series we are examining what the New Testament says about Jesus in the great Christologies (studies of Christ).
Weekly Bible Readings:
Monday, September 17. Read 2 Corinthians 1:15-22. What did Paul say about the integrity of his message to the Corinthians? How did Paul’s message and ministry compare to that of Jesus? What did Paul call Jesus?
Tuesday, September 18. Read 2 Peter 1:16-18. Of what did Peter say he was an eyewitness? What honor did Christ receive from God? How did God place his stamp of approval on Christ?
Wednesday, September 19. Read 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. What does Paul say about idols? What does Paul say about God? And Jesus Christ?
Thursday, September 20. Read John 15:12-17. What commandment did Jesus want his disciples to learn? What term did he say he would not use in reference to his disciples? Who caused the relationship between Christ and the disciples to exist?
Friday, September 21. Read John 5:25-29. In this passage you get a good understanding of how Christ viewed himself and his ministry. What did God grant to the Son? What authority does the Son have? What power will Christ’s voice have?
Saturday, September 22. Read Hebrews 1:1-4. Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer of the Week:
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Weekly Devotional Article:
Do you know people who are grumpy, stale, fruitless, and self-driven so all that comes from them is anger and bitterness? If they claim Christ as Lord, there is perhaps a “disconnect” between their faith, life, and hearing and the applying of God’s voice. Because God speaks to us, we have a responsibility to hear His Voice through His Word and apply what He says. His Son, Jesus, is our Lord and our example; His supremacy should remain in us as it does throughout time and the eternity of space. No matter whom you are or what you go through, Jesus Christ is Lord and is speaking to you!
Look at some of the attributes of Christ in this passage. He is supreme to all, created all things, is incarnate, He made you, and He is the radiance of God’s glory who sustains all things. Now, look what He has done for you: gave you redemption and purification from sin. What have you done with these things?
Jesus must echo throughout our nature and being, so we are full of Him and not full of our selves or the ways of the world. This will greatly impact our lives, our church, and our temperament. The more we learn of Christ, the more we can listen to Him and the more we can grow in Him. But, it takes the surrender of our being to His Ultimate Being; we must hear him so His presence is practiced and applied to our daily journey in life.
This is what grows our faith, takes us through the stress and torments of life, and encourages and inspires others around us. The problem comes when we tend to only have ears for our circumstances, experiences, desires, and plans, intentionally or unintentionally muting His voice and seeking to compromise our Lord’s sovereignty over our personal lives. Remember; what He has for us is far greater and effectual than what we may have or have seen (Ezek. 1:28; 2:1; Phil. 3:1-14).
by Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
Weekly Hymn: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee by Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th Century.
Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.
No voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest Name,
O Savior of mankind!
O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!
Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.
O Jesus, light of all below,
Thou fount of living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.
Abide with us, and let Thy light
Shine, Lord, on every heart;
Dispel the darkness of our night;
And joy to all impart.