April 21-27th Family Worship Guide 2024

The Guide for the Week
April 21-27th 2024 Fourth Week of Easter

Bible Passage for the Week
Proverbs 19:21-29
1 Corinthians 12
1 Samuel 18:10-30
Psalm 122

Verse to Memorize
Nehemiah 9:6

Westminster Shorter Catechism-
Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?
A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.

People to Pray for:
Church:  Holy Trinity Reformed Church
                 Pastor James Brown
Ministry:  Reformation Frontline Ministry
Civil Magistrate: Indiana State Senate
Notes for Parents:
Proverbs 19:11-20
Verse 24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
You may know that the book of Proverbs is made up of short, pithy statements that offer wisdom, but did you know that they can be humorous too? Picture a man sitting on the couch; he asks his wife to bring him a bowl of chips and salsa as he watches football. She sets them down next to him. He dips the chip into the salsa but decides it's just too much work to lift it up and put it in his mouth. This proverb uses hyperbole to mock a sin—the sin of laziness. It reduces the lazy man to absurdity to make a point: laziness is absurd. Scripture says that the man who will not work shall not eat. The lazy man would rather starve than move his body to work. Matthew Henry says, "thus his sin is his punishment." Laziness is its own punishment because it destroys a man's body, mind, and soul. Another proverb says that laziness casts into a deep sleep. That is, the lazy man is always longing for rest, and rest is what he gets. The lazy man never has energy for anything. He will sleep his life away. And in doing so, he misses out on so many blessings that God would have for him.

This is in part why, though exercise takes energy to accomplish, exercising always gives you energy. Hard work makes you able to do more hard work. And hard work pays off. There is fruit at the end of the labor. There is life.

This principle is true not just of laziness and exercise but of any vice and virtue. Sin produces its own punishment. Practicing virtue produces its own reward. Sin leads to death, but the gift of God leads to life. And a life lived in faith to God produces all kinds of happiness and joy.

Now if you are like me, you have more than enough laziness to confess to Christ and to put to death by His mercy. One of the keys to defeating sin is to recognize the consequences for continuing to practice it and to also see the fruit for practicing the opposite virtue. Rather than thinking that you HAVE to exercise or work, think of how good it is to exercise and work. Think of the fruit that comes with diligence. Consider the consequences that come with laziness. Yes, there is difficulty and pain with diligence, but it's only temporary. There is some immediate comfort in laziness, but it is only temporary. The pain that comes from it is longer-lasting.

1 Corinthians 12
God is so gracious and good. He not only gave us His Son to rescue us from sin and death, but He also gives us the church to be a part of. He grants us an inheritance full of abundant riches. He gives us His Holy Spirit to awaken our cold, dead hearts and to proclaim that Jesus is Lord. No one can do this without the gift of God. For those who do have this faith, God has also given them other gifts. He endows them with spiritual gifts to use for the benefit of the church. God gives each of his children talents, skills, and spiritual graces to be used for His glory. Each of us has something to contribute to the church. Yet, because we still wrestle with a sin nature, these gifts come with some temptations we need to avoid:
We can be tempted to hide our gifts. In a sense of false humility, we might cover up our gifts and refuse to use them for God. We are like the faithless servant who hides his talent in the ground. God will judge us for this. We have a calling to be faithful and to serve just as Jesus serves us.

We can be tempted to play up our gifts too much. That is, we become proud and overbearing with our talents. We think our way is the only way. We think we are God’s greatest gift to the church. But pride isn’t a gift from God.

We can despise the gifts of others. One person may have the gift of discernment and another the gift of encouragement. These two brothers can frustrate each other if they don’t learn to love and appreciate the gift of the other. We need to respect and love each part of the body.

The truth is that we are a body, and one part can’t say it doesn’t need the other. We can’t serve out of jealousy or pride. We must be faithful. God gave us these gifts not to be built up with pride but so that we can love. This is why, as much as we are to pursue these gifts, the most excellent way of living is love, as the Apostle Paul makes clear in the next chapter.

1 Samuel 18

In this chapter we see how God is sovereignly working to give to his beloved, David the kingdom while at the same time taking away from the wicked, Saul, all that he has.
Consider how God moves David into place as His man and thus takes away from Saul
  • Saul’s Son loves David
  • Saul’s people praise David
  • Saul’ loses his temper and thus dignity with David.
  • Saul’s army kingdom loved David.  He gained power in the army.
  • Saul’s Daughter is given to Daivd.
Saul loses his son, his glory, his own dignity, his army, and his daughter to David.  
God gives to David
  • A brother
  • Glory
  • Preservation
  • Leadership
  • A wife/ Family
  • A King who hates him
  • Trials and tribulations-  He had go to war to win his bride.
  • A Kingdom
God is still working this way brothers.   Consider this promise of Jesus found in Luke 12:32 : Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

Psalm 122
Verse 1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord

Are you thankful that you get to go to Church? Is getting up on Sunday morning a delight for you, or is it a chore? It's easy as you go from Monday through Saturday to let the weight of the world bear down on your shoulders. It’s easy to look around at the evil of the world and just be overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, or even anger. It’s easy to feel the burden of your sins and the sins of others. But we get to go into the House of the Lord because of what Jesus has done. We get to come into the presence of God to receive the peace, security, and comfort within His court. Within the walls of the church, we find hope and rest from the burden of life. David was glad to go to God’s house.

In this psalm, he speaks of the temple in Jerusalem as the house of God. We know that the physical temple that David’s son built was a type or a picture of the spiritual Jerusalem, which is the Church. The Church is Jerusalem from above, and she is our mother, as the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians. There is comfort with your mother. There is security in the home of your Heavenly Father. To be with God’s people and to worship God is a great blessing.

Now we ought to be like David and pray for the peace and prosperity of the church. We ought to seek her good. Going to church ought to be a joy. And it is a joy when we do pray for her peace and prosperity and when we do seek her good.

Now here is a real practical question to consider with your children: Are you happy when you go to church, and do you work to make it a happy place for others?

This is where you as a parent have work to do. You need to model for them joy in going to church and in working to make it a joy for others. You need to teach them not only what you do but why you do it. Teach them not to run in church, for example. Teach them not to interrupt other people. Things like this make it a joy for others. But you can’t just teach them what. If all your instruction is what they are not to do or what they are to do, neither they nor you will be very happy going to church. Teach them why. Teach them why they shouldn’t run. Teach them why they should sit still and pay attention. It’s not because they HAVE to do it but rather because they GET to do it. Teach them that church is a happy place and it's happy when we look out for other people. They get to show love to others by not running. They get to show love to God by sitting still and listening. They get to do all kinds of delightful things and, most importantly, they get to spend time with Jesus. Be glad, brothers and sisters. Let church be a respite from the burdens of this world. Let it be a taste of heaven on earth.

Catechism Questions
Here are some Additional Verses to help with this question:
Genesis 2:16-17 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

Example Prayers for Weekly Prayer Concerns
Holy Trinity Reformed Church

Heavenly Father, we come before You today to lift up Pastor James Brown Jr. and the congregation of Holy Trinity Reformed Church in Camby, Indiana. We acknowledge Your sovereignty and Your hand over their ministry. We ask that You would bless Holy Trinity Reformed Church with growth, bringing to them families who are faithful and of like mind, who desire to serve and glorify Your name in unity and truth.
Lord, we also pray for Pastor Brown and his family, asking for Your provision in their lives. Grant them financial stability and strength to continue Your work. May Your grace be abundant to them, and may their needs be met through Your riches and glory. We trust in Your faithfulness and Your ability to provide, and we submit these requests in the blessed assurance of Your love and care and in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Reformation Frontline Ministries
Almighty God, we bring before You Reformation Frontline Ministry and its leader, Austin Keeler, as they engage in the crucial work of open air evangelism and distributing evangelistic literature. We ask that You grant them wisdom to navigate their efforts, strength to endure, courage to speak boldly, and that their labor would bear fruit for Your Kingdom. May their message resonate and lead many to a deeper understanding of Your truth.
We also pray for Austin and his family, that You would shield them from discouragement and guard their hearts against pride. Bless them with Your peace and fortitude, ensuring they remain steadfast and humble in their service to You. Strengthen them through every challenge, and let Your favor be upon their household as they commit their lives to furthering Your cause.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

State Senate
Heavenly Father, in obedience to Your Word, we lift up the Indiana State Senate to You. We pray that those who hold positions of authority in this body may govern with wisdom, justice, and integrity. May their decisions promote peace, protect the innocent, and uphold the values that foster godliness and dignity in our society. We ask for Your guidance upon each senator, that they may be granted discernment and courage to make laws that serve the well-being of all citizens. Let Your will prevail in their legislative sessions, and may their work contribute to a society where tranquility and order allow us to lead quiet lives in all godliness. Amen.

Church History Spotlight

Anselm Of Canterbury, Monk, Archbishop, Theologian
21 April 1109

Anselm is the most important Christian theologian in the West between Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. His two great accomplishments are his Proslogium (in which he undertakes to show that Reason requires that men should believe in God), and his Cur Deus Homo? (in which he undertakes to show that Divine Love responding to human rebelliousness requires that God should become a man).
He was born in Italy about 1033, and in 1060 he entered the monastery of Bec in Normandy to study under Stephen Lanfranc, whom he succeeded in office, first as prior of Bec, and later as Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1078 he was elected abbot of Bec. The previous year, he completed a work called the Monologium, in which he argues for the existence of God from the existence of degrees of perfection (Aquinas's Fourth Way is a variation of this argument).

In 1087, while still at Bec, he produced his Proslogium, an outline of his "ontological argument" for the existence of God. Taking as his text the opening of Psalm 14 ("The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God."), Anselm undertakes to show that the fool is contradicting himself -- that the concept of God is unique in that anyone who understands what is meant by the question, "Does God exist?" will see that the answer must be "Yes."
King William II of England had no fondness for the Church, and at the death of Lanfranc he kept the See of Canterbury vacant until he was gravely ill, whereon he promised to let Anselm be made Archbishop. Anselm was made Archbishop (4 December 1093), the King recovered, and the two began to dispute the extent of the King's right to intervene in Church matters. Anselm went into exile in 1097 and remained in Italy for three years until the King died in 1100. He also devoted the time to writing a book known as Cur Deus Homo? (meaning "Why Did God Become Man?"). In it he puts forward the "satisfaction theory" of the Atonement. Man's offence of rebellion against God is one that demands a payment or satisfaction. Fallen man is incapable of making adequate satisfaction, and so God took human nature upon Him, in order that a perfect man might make perfect satisfaction and so restore the human race. After the death of King William II in 1100, Anselm returned to England at the invitation of the new king Henry I, only to quarrel with Henry about the lawful extent of the king's control over the selection of bishops and abbots (it must be remembered that these officials had civil as well as religious authority). Anselm was again in exile from 1103 to 1106. In 1107 a compromise was reached, and Anselm returned home to Canterbury, where he lived his last few years in peace, dying 21 April 1109.
 A prayer of thanksgiving for Anselm:
Almighty God, who raised up your servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in your eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide your Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Announcements for the Week  04/14/2024- 04/20/2024

Enrollment Open:       After 3 1/2 years of development, the day has finally arrived. Enrollment is open for the Sovereign King Academy 2024-25 school year. Apply online at www.sovereignkingacademy.com ($50/family application fee is payable online at the end of the application). If you have friends or family interested in applying or who would like more information, please send them to this link or give Pastor Greg Anglen their contact information.   Please also be in prayer as we will be starting our "Launch Campaign" this week to raise funds for the school! More details to follow.

New Blog Post:  Are you living the dream life?  Read this and find out more https://www.sovereignkingchurch.com/blog/2024/04/16/daydream-believer
Prayer Concerns:
  • Expectant Mothers: We request special prayers for Shawn Crone, Rowina Spurgeon, Gabby Fluhr and Maddie Sands.
  • Holy Trinity Reformed Church:  Pastor James Brown Jr of Holy Trinity Reformed Church is the father of our own Grace Proud.  He has been a dear friend to our pastor and faithfully serves in Camby, Indiana.  Please pray that God will bless the church with growth.  Pray that God will bring faithful and likeminded families into their church.   Pray that God provide financially for Pastor Brown and his family.  
  • Reformation Frontline Ministry:  RFM is a ministry of Reformation Church of Shelbyville.  This ministry is lead by Austin Keeler.  They do a lot of open air evangelism and also distributing literature for other churches to use in evangelism.  Pray that God would provide wisdom, strength, courage, and fruit for this ministry. Ask God to bless Austin’s family and keep them from discouragement and pride. 
  • Indiana State Senate: The Holy Spirit speaking through the Apostle Paul teaches us to pray for those in authority. Specifically scripture says “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”  Pray for the Indiana State Senate that they would have boldness to make laws that accord with the law of God.   Pray that little children will be protected and that the liberties of the people of Indiana upheld. 
  • Growing Kids God’s Way:  We return to class this week at 5PM on Sunday.  Don’t forget the Couch Time Challenge. 
  • Women’s Bible Study:  April 24 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Open Air Preaching with Pastor: May 1st at Thorntons 3 PM
  • Kentucky Derby Outeach: May the 4th be with you.
  • Men’s Kayaking and Camping: May 17-18 For men and teenage boys who can swim, we will be kayaking and then camping along side the river. Register here. https://subsplash.com/sovereignkingchurch-jeff/lb/ev/+3bwv4ns
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