Communion in Worship and Service - The Communion of the Saints #3

Read Hebrews 10:16-25 with Ephesians 4:1-6

There are three key ways in which the communion of the saints finds expression. This message focuses on two of those ways as stated in the Westminster Confession of Faith ch.26.2 - in worship and in spiritual services. We are commanded not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but all the more we should be meeting for worship and prayer, for our Lord is returning. As well, the greatest spiritual service we can provide is loving one another as Christ has loved us.

True Faith or Mere Religion

Read Matthew 15:1-20

Jesus is confronted with the imposed traditions of religion, which the Pharisees and scribes had made as authoritative as God's law and word.  Though offensive to hear, for the sake of his disciples Jesus confronts the impact mere religion has concerning how God's Law is used, how hypocrisy is generated, and how the true nature of the heart is veiled. Too many have traded true saving faith in Jesus Christ for mere religion.

Open the Doors of the Temple

Read John 2:13-22 with 2Chronicles 29:1-20, 35-36

Hezekiah came to throne at a time of grave theological, spiritual and moral decline. Judah was bankrupt financially and morally; the military gravely weakened by his father in numbers and morale; and the nation threatened by the Assyrian army. What did he focus on first? He opened the doors of the temple and cleaned out all the rubbish that had hidden Christ from the people. This message was a commissioning message for HOPE as her doors were opened in the heart of Kingston.