- Hymn # 395 Come to the Saviour Now
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hymn # 402 Amazing Grace
God's Will for Our Lives: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.
Scripture: Galatians 4:1-7
Intro: is it important to think about the Trinity? Many pass this doctrine by.
But it is in the bible and thus worthy of our time. It is in the bible and therefore God considered it important for us to know.
One God.... Three persons. People struggle with God being three distinct persons.
Modalism- a man can be a father, a husband or a son. Aspects of God. This is a heresy the church struggled with.
Arias denied the trinity.
Belgic confession statement on trinity.
In the past men came to blows over this doctrine. Now people don't care.
But it is who God is.
God is one. (The schema)
New testament: you believe God is one.
Three distinct persons. In the beginning God created....the spirit moved...they created. Man made in the likeness of God.
Angel of the Lord.
Shadowy in the old testament clear in the new testament. In the new we see the son born, the spirit sent.
Jesus' baptism.... Jesus. The Dove. The Voice from heaven. All three persons at once. Not aspects...three distinct persons.
Thomas calls Jesus God and Jesus corrected him not. All other servants of God would correct worship. Jesus did not.
Found throughout the bible are speaking to the reality of the trinity. Its hard to understand. Do we want a God that stretches us or a God who is so like us? This is God, not a man made thing, but God himself.
God is always in communion. Always part of a loving family. Which is why he calls us to love. Always calls us to treat each other like family.
God hates sin. Yet he sent his son to die for us. This is God's love for us.
God. Father. Son. Holy Spirit.
This is something to joy in.
- Hymn # 87 Holy, Holy, Holy
- Hymn # 86 – 1,2 Now Thank we all Our God
- Hymn # 86 – 3 All Praise and Thanks to God