GUIDE TO WORSHIP
God is a God of “severe” mercy, meaning: He loves us beyond what we can imagine. God is also a God of “severe” and “perfect” justice, meaning: He executes His wrath perfectly and beyond what we can imagine. We must remember we cannot have His mercy if there is no justice and that justice was poured out on Christ on our behalf. There is no peace without justice. There is no wedding without the destruction of lovers. Christ is the perfect Savior, who both executes and bears the justice of God.
“That the reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only that God’s appointed time is not come. For it is said, that when that due time, or appointed time comes, their foot shall slide. Then they shall be left to fall, as they are inclined by their own weight. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go; and then, at that very instant, they shall fall into destruction; as he that stands on such slippery declining ground, on the edge of a pit, he cannot stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.”
~Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
THE WORD PREACHED
Scripture: Revelation 19:11-21
Sermon: The Gospel in Pictures: War & Peace
DECLARATION OF FAITH
Westminster Shorter Catechism; questions 45-48
WSC Q. 45. Which is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
WSC Q. 46. What is required in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment requireth us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.
WSC Q. 47. What is forbidden in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying, or not worshiping and glorifying, the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.
WSC Q. 48. What are we specially taught by these words before me in the first commandment?
A. These words before me in the first commandment teach us, that God, who seeth all things, taketh notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of having any other god.