Week 2. Hallowed be your name – July 9

Day 1 – Think

What does hallowed mean?  To treat something as sacred or holy.

To treat God as being as glorious, as holy and infinitely majestic as He actually is.

To be filled with grateful joy for who He is and what He has done.

John Calvin said it means ‘to have your entire heart captivated with wonderment for Him.’

Why is praise important to God?

Acknowledging God’s goodness and love is good for us too.

How do you praise and adore God?

 

Five aspects to praise and adoration (we’ll look at these again later in the week)

1 Thinking

2 Expressing

3 Appraising

4 Beholding

5 Resting

 

The Lord’s prayer so far

Access.  Approaching God as Father.

Praise. Giving God the praise he deserves.

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Day 2 – Meditate

Pray throughout today – ‘Hallowed be your name’

What does God reveal to you through this prayer?

What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?

Day 3 – Scriptural context

Psalm 63

A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.

1 O God, you are my God;  I earnestly search for you.

My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you

in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.

3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;how I praise you!

4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.

6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.

7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.  They will go down into the depths of the earth.

10 They will die by the sword and become the food of jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God.  All who swear to tell the truth will praise him,

    while liars will be silenced.

Day 4 – Sermon on the mount

The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount.  How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer.

What does this passage teach us about true and false worship?

 

Matthew 7:12-28

The Golden Rule

12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

 The Narrow Gate

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

 The Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

 True Disciples

21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

 Building on a Solid Foundation

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.

Day 5 – Application

How do you praise and adore God?  What comes easiest to you?

 

Five aspects to praise and adoration

1 Thinking

2 Expressing

3 Appraising

4 Beholding

5 Resting

 

Thinking

Think of the different ways that God is great/holy/magnificent- get specific – go into detail.

Break it down.  List and analyse the different aspects of God and His character.

I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Psalm 63:6

 

Expressing

Declare and express your praise.  Musically, publicly, corporately.  With skilful music – done well.

I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer Psalm 63:4

 

Appraising

Add up it’s value and compare it with other things

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! Ps 63:3

Praise God for being as glorious as He actually is.

Consider God’s qualities, character and the truth of His love and grace; Does this impact your life and thoughts?

What is God really like? – Why is there fear in my life?- What are my priorities? – What brings me joy?

St Augustine said ‘You are what you love’.  God can change what you love

 

Beholding

Beholding comes after Thinking, Expressing and Appraising.

It takes us from knowing God’s power, holiness, glory and love to experiencing His power, holiness, glory and love.

It brings great satisfaction.  The bible describes it with sensory language.

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:5

 

Rest

Resting in our new identity of God’s undeserved grace and salvation.  Jesus took the penalty for our sins – He took the blame for us.

Performance says ‘I am what I do’.  Rest says ‘I am what He did’ – Jonathan Helser

Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.  Psalm 63:7

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Week 1: Our Father in Heaven – July 2

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Day 1 – Think

Consider who ‘Our’ is.

God as father gives us security, provides for us and gives us our identity.

Do you feel valuable to God?

Do you feel secure with God?

Does God provide for your needs?

 

Think about your earthly Father figure. What were the good things, what were the not so good things about him?

Did he make you feel secure, valuable and provided for?

Do you need to forgive him of anything?

What could you do to honour your earthly Father this week?

 

Approaching God as Father is the basis of prayer and gives us the access to be able to pray as Jesus taught His followers.

The Lord’s prayer so far

Access.  Approaching God as Father.

Day 2 – Meditate

Pray throughout today – ‘Our Father in Heaven’

What does God reveal to you through this prayer?

What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?

Day 3 – Scriptural context

God adopts us as His children.

Galatians 3:23 – 4:7 (NLT)

God’s Children through Faith

23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.

24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

26 For you are all children[m] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.[n] 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[o] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children[p] of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

1Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Day 4 – Sermon on the mount

The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount. How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer?

What does this passage teach us about what is important to God in regards how we approach prayer?

 

Matthew 6:1-18 

Teaching about Giving to the Needy

 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Teaching about Prayer and Fasting

5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

10 May your Kingdom come soon.  May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today the food we need,[t]

12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[u] but rescue us from the evil one.[v]

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair[w] and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Day 5 – Application

Do you see God as your Father or your employer/landlord?

Do you resort to guilt or anger when life doesn’t go to plan?

Guilt from blaming yourself.  Anger from blaming God.

Approaching God as Father does not change with circumstance.  God accepts us as children because of ‘who’ we are in Jesus Christ, not by what we have or have not done.

 

Have you ever been disappointed or offended by God?

Do you trust God? Or do you always seem to brace yourself for tragedy?

Does what might happen tomorrow rob you of something special today?

Do you trust Father God with your tomorrow?

Do you trust God with your loved ones? Your finances? Your future?

Have you ever considered approaching God as Father?

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Love One Another: Action

How to Love One Another: Affirm, Share, and Serve

Most of us are familiar with the “one another” commands of the New Testament. In the study guide for  Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything, Tim Keller offers a helpful taxonomy under the categories of affirming one another, sharing with one another, and serving one another. These form, he says, “nine ‘community-building practices’—specific behaviors that build Christian community.”

Affirm

  1. Affirm one another’s strengths, abilities, and gifts.
  1. Affirm one another’s equal importance in Christ.
  1. Affirm one another through visible affection.

Share

  1. Share one another’s space, goods, and time.
  1. Share one another’s needs and problems.
  1. Share one another’s beliefs, thinking, and spirituality.

Serve

  1. Serve one another through accountability.
  1. Serve one another through forgiveness and reconciliation.
  1. Serve one another’s interests rather than our own.

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2010/07/24/how-to-love-one-another-affirm-share-and-serve/

This was one of the most popular videos in Wintering Well 2015, it ties in nicely.