June 9-15th Family Worship Guide 2024

The Guide for the Week
June 9-15th 2024
Fourth Week of Pentecost

Bible Passage for the Week
Proverbs 22:1-10
1 Corinthians 16
1 Samuel 21
Psalm 129

Verse to Memorize
Romans 5:19
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 17. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.

People to Pray for:
Church:  Trinity Presbyterian Church
                 Pastor Andrew Dionne
Ministry:  Commissioned International
                Nathan McBroom
Civil Magistrate: Jeffersonville City Council
                                Scott Anderson
Notes for Parents:
Proverbs 22:1-10

Verses 4-5 The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes

God is the God of justice. He has designed this world where our choices have consequences. Unjust employers do not pay their workers the wages they earn, but God pays us what we earn. Those who walk in the way of the sinner will find themselves caught up in thorns and snares. The wages of sin is death. Sin is always the path to death because sin is the path away from God. God is the source of all goodness, and therefore when we sin, we are abandoning the source of all that is good. We are walking away from true joy and walking towards pain and suffering. Of course, sin and rebellion against God don’t always appear to be the path lined with thorns and snares. It doesn’t seem to be the way to pain. No, it’s a great big broad path that many find appealing. Our enemy does a good job making the way of the perverse enticing. The devil lies about the good ways of God and builds up the path of rebellion. He hides from you the thorns and thistles. Instead, he points to the narrow path and says, “Look, that way can’t lead to anything good. No one even goes down that road. It must be too difficult.”

But it’s foolishness. Sin is stupid. It’s a stupid game with a stupid prize. The wise man will walk far away from the way of the perverse. Instead, his way will be the way of humility and the fear of the Lord. It’s the narrow path. And initially, it is harder. It is hard to say no to your own lusts. In fact, this path is so hard that it requires you to die to yourself. You have to lay down your selfish desires. You have to put aside your pride in your own deeds. You have to admit that your own understanding isn’t best.

But as hard as it seems, the reward is worth it because the narrow path leads to God. It leads to the source of all joy and life. It leads to riches that no one can number. It leads to honor and respect. This is the reward that God gives to His people because He is just and He is merciful. He blesses them abundantly in this life and more so in eternity.
Therefore, let us humble ourselves, cry out for the grace of God, and receive a reward that can never be taken away.
1 Corinthians 16

Verse 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
This is the final chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. He had written to them to correct many issues going on in the church. The church was divided and proud. Many boasted in whom they heard the gospel from rather than in the work of the Holy Spirit to convert them. Others showed no concern for their brothers in their eating meat sacrificed to idols. They were selfish and sacrilegious with their use of the Lord’s Supper. They treated it like a common meal rather than a sign and seal of the work of Jesus. The church also boasted in its tolerance of sinful behavior. They thought they were being so gracious by allowing a man to fornicate with his own stepmother. During worship, many took the opportunity to show off. They boasted in their own spiritual gifts while downplaying the gifts of others. To top it all off, some in the church had even begun to question the resurrection of the dead at Christ’s return. It was a mess.

Yet all throughout this letter, the Apostle Paul showed his love for the church and for Christ. He corrected their false notions, disciplined their pride, and reminded them again of the teaching of the Lord. Now in this verse, the Apostle Paul reminds them of his love. He loves the church. This is why he wrote the letter. It is why he mentions in this chapter that he is coming to visit them. It is why he sends Timothy to them, encouraged Apollos to visit them, and sent men like Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus to them. The Apostle Paul is making sure that the church is provided for.

It is also why he asks them to collect funds each Sunday. He is collecting funds to take to the saints in Jerusalem who are under intense persecution so that the church there may be strengthened. It is clear that the Apostle Paul loves the church. He loves the church even with all its problems. Now, it is not that he loves the problems—no, he is working to correct them. But Paul loves the people Christ has redeemed with His own blood.
Do you love the Church? If you love Christ, you will love His people. If you don’t love the church, then it is very questionable as to whether you love Christ. And if you don’t love Christ, then as Paul says, let you be accursed.

Give yourself to obeying Jesus and love the brotherhood. Work to bring peace and purity to the church. Give of your finances to the church. Receive faithful brothers and ministers. Help them in their work.

Are you all about your own kingdom? That’s not Paul. Faithful Christians love to see other Christians thriving and growing. They support the work of faithful ministers. They submit themselves to their pastors and men who have devoted themselves to the ministry to the saints.

Therefore, be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Love Jesus and the Church.

1 Samuel 21
This chapter presents some difficulties for us as we look at the behavior of David. He is fleeing for his life from Saul and is obviously scared and alone. He rightfully flees to the house of God, i.e., the tabernacle, which was located at a place called Nob. He meets Ahimelech, the priest, who is surprised to see David alone. Ahimelech may have heard that Saul was looking for David, but he does not mention it in this passage. The difficulty arises in that David deceives the priest. He claims he was sent on a secret mission from Saul. He asks for provisions, and the only food available is the bread that was to be ritually on display in the tabernacle. This bread was a reminder of God’s provision of manna to the Israelites in the wilderness and a type pointing to Jesus, the bread of life. This bread was supposed to be reserved for the priests. However, there was some fresh bread prepared about to go on display, and therefore the priest gives David the old bread the priests would eat.

David, having to flee quickly, was also without any weapon. He asked the priest for a weapon and again lied to explain why he did not have a sword. The sword that belonged to Goliath was being kept there, and the priest gave it to David. It was David, after all, who killed Goliath.

The problem with David’s deception is that while it may seem justified in the moment, and our passage of scripture does not even condemn it, in the next chapter, it will cost Ahimelech and all the rest of the priests their lives. We will see that in the next chapter.
For now, we will note that though David was God’s chosen man to be king, David was not perfect. He is an imperfect picture of the perfect man, Jesus Christ. God, however, chose to provide for David despite his deceptions. God is merciful and kind to His people though they be imperfect.

David then flees Nob and goes to the Philistines in Gath. He seeks shelter among the enemies of Saul by pretending to be crazy. And again, God provides for David.
Our Savior Jesus pointed to this chapter to highlight that David was given showbread even though it went against the ceremonial law to give it to him. The ceremonial law must give way to God’s anointed when He is in need.

This should teach us to value mercy and compassion over ceremony. It is not that ceremony is bad, but rather the point of the external things of religion is to point us to Christ and love for the brotherhood.

Psalm 129
Verse 2 Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; Yet they have not prevailed against me.
All those who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted. This is a promise of Scripture. When we stand for the Lord, His enemies will be our enemies. And since they cannot reach Him, they will attack God’s people. This is true of the oldest saint to the youngest. It is something we need to prepare our children for. One of the ways that the Old Testament church prepared their children for this was by singing about it on the way to church. This psalm is one of the songs of ascent. It is the song they would sing walking up the temple steps.

They were reminded of all the ways that the enemy had attacked them. But they also sang with a little bit of rowdy grit—"yet they have not prevailed against me." I can imagine this psalm having a little bit of the swagger of Johnny Cash singing "I Shall Not Be Moved."
The enemy can rage and persecute, but God’s people will prevail. This is because God is righteous and He will cut down the wicked. May all those who hate God’s people be put to shame and turned backward. They will be like grass that withers before it can even grow. They don’t get the blessing of the Lord.

It is good then to come into the house and sing the fight songs of the saints, to be strengthened with the power of the Lord, to turn to God and trust that He will destroy our enemies.

Let our worship then have this swagger. Let it have this bold confidence in God. And let our enemies tremble at the power of His might.

Example Prayers for Weekly Prayer Concerns
Prayer for Expectant Mothers

Almighty Father, we lift up Shawn Crone, Rowina Spurgeon, Gabby Fluhr, and Maddie Sands, who are expecting children. Grant them strength, health, and unwavering faith during this time. May their hearts be filled with peace and their minds with Your wisdom. Guide them as they prepare for motherhood, and let their homes be places of joy and godliness.
Protect these mothers and their unborn children from any harm. May their pregnancies be smooth and their deliveries safe. Surround them with supportive families and friends who will walk alongside them in this journey. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

Trinity Presbyterian Church:
Heavenly Father, we lift up Pastor Andrew Dionne of Trinity Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. Grant him a renewed vigor in You, Lord. Fill him with an unquenchable zeal for his flock, empowering his preaching with the fire of the Holy Spirit. May his words pierce hearts and transform lives, leading many to a deeper understanding and love for You. Strengthen him for the task at hand, and let him be a beacon of Your truth in a world desperate for Your light.
We also pray for Matt Shifflett as he undergoes ordination exams with the presbytery. Grant him wisdom, perseverance, and clarity. Use him mightily for the growth of Your kingdom. Bless his wife and children, providing them with the strength and support they need as he steps into this calling. May his ministry bring glory to Your name and further the work of the gospel in their community. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Commissioned International:
Lord Almighty, we lift up Nathan McBroom and the work of Commissioned International. As they connect churches with native pastors in China, bless their efforts and provide for all their financial needs. Strengthen Nathan as he encourages pastors from afar, and may his words be a source of great comfort and resolve. Protect the Christians in China from persecution, and grant them boldness to stand firm against their oppressive government. Let the gospel of Jesus Christ spread like wildfire, transforming hearts and lives despite the opposition.
We ask for Your hand of protection over every believer facing tyranny in China. May they remain steadfast and courageous, rooted in the hope of the gospel. Equip Nathan and his team with wisdom and resources to support these brave men and women. May their faithfulness bear much fruit, and may Your kingdom advance powerfully. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Jeffersonville City Council:
Sovereign Lord, we lift up Councilman Scott Anderson and the Jeffersonville City Council. As Your Word commands, we pray for those in authority, asking that Councilman Anderson would uphold Your law and make judgments that are wise, godly, and good. Stir within him a desire to see Jeffersonville submit to the Kingship of Jesus. Grant him the courage to stand for righteousness and lead with integrity.
We also pray for the entire council, that they would repent for allowing sexually perverse pride events in public. Convict their hearts and guide them to make decisions that honor You. May Jeffersonville be a city marked by godliness and dignity, where Your truth is upheld and celebrated. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Church History Spotlight
Columba, Abbot of Iona and Missionary
9 June 597

In the troubled and violent middle ages in Northern Europe, monasteries served as inns, orphanages, centers of learning, and even as fortresses. The light of civilization flickered dimly and might have gone out altogether if it had not been for these convent-shelters.
Columba, a stern and strong monk from Ireland, founded three such establishments. He founded the monasteries of Derry and Durrow in his native Ireland, and the island monastery of Iona on the coast of Scotland. Iona was the center of operations for the conversion of the Scots and Picts, and became the most famous religious house in Scotland. There Columba baptized Brude, King of the Picts, and later a King of the Scots came to this Abbot of the "Holy Isle" for baptism.

Geographic note: If you look at a map of Scotland, you will see a huge gash across the country from northeast to southwest. This has been slightly augmented by artificial digging to make a shipping canal. As you emerge from the southwest end of the gash, the large island of Mull is on your right. At the southwest tip of Mull lies the tiny island of Iona.
The historian Bede tells us that Columba led many to Christianity by his "preaching and example." He was much admired for his physical as well as spiritual prowess. He remained physically vigorous and unflagging in his missionary and pastoral journeys throughout his seventy-six years of life. He was active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns are attributed to him.  There are also some legendary stories of his work, the most famous being his encounter with an unidentified animal that some have equated with the Loch Ness Monster in 565. It is said that he banished a ferocious "water beast" to the depths of the River Ness after it had killed a Pict and then tried to attack Columba's disciple, Lugne. The memory of Columba lives on in Scotland, and Iona as there are still churches there.

A prayer of thanksgiving for Columba
O God, who by the preaching of your blessed servant Columba caused the light of the Gospel to shine in Scotland: Grant, we pray, that, having his life and labors in remembrance, we may show our thankfulness to you by following the example of his zeal and patience; 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 06/09/2024- 06/15/2024 
Raising Funds for Sovereign King Academy:  We need your help in establishing a school helping parents educate their children in the Lord.  Whether you send your children to the school or not, this is an opportunity to love your neighbor and help something good get established for the future.   Give at https://www.sovereignkingchurch.com/donate
The Family Captain Podcast:   The following is an episode of a podcast with John Michael Clark that I have found helpful.  I encourage the men to listen to it and start leading instead of always reacting.  https://open.spotify.com/episode/53JCwVLCAo1HIorKVIiBgL?si=40aa30c540db4ad0
Prayer Concerns:
  • Expectant Mothers: We request special prayers for Shawn Crone, Rowina Spurgeon, Gabby Fluhr and Maddie Sands.
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church:  Pastor Andrew Dionne is the lead pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in South Carolina.  Pray for a renewed vigor in the Lord, continual zeal for the church, and the Holy Spirit’s power in his preaching.   The church is in the process of adding an additional pastor as Matt Shifflett is going through ordination exams with the presbytery.  Pray for him as he does this work and in his ordination that he will be used by God for the growth of the kingdom.  Pray for his wife and children as he takes on this work of God.
  • Commissioned International:  Commissioned International is a missionary organization helping to connect churches with native pastors in places like China.  Nathan McBroom, a friend of Jesse Hargiss, is one of the leaders of this organization.  He was a missionary in china for several years before being expelled by the communist country for preaching.  He is now working out of London to encourage the pastors who are still in China.  Pray for God to bless this work, to provide for their financial needs, and to protect Christians in China from persecution while giving them a boldness to stand firm against the tyranny of their government with the gospel of Jesus.
  • Jeffersonville City Council Scott Anderson: 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 Councilman Anderson that he would uphold God’s law and make judgements that are wise, godly, and good.  Pray that he would desire to see Jeffersonville submit to the Kingship of Jesus.  Pray that the entire council would repent for allowing sexual perverse pride events to be held in public in Jeffersonville.  
  • Growing Kids God’s Way  Sunday Evenings in June 5-7 PM
  • Sovereign King Leadership Institute (Elder Training) June 15
  • Genevan Pub June 16
  • Family Ministry Night June 19
  • Men and Boys Camping Trip August 30-31
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