Friday, January 02, 2009

Entering 2009 by Faith

This Lord's Day will be a little different than most for us as a church. I had planned to continue preaching on the good news of God's great plan of salvation, this time dealing with justification. However, the Lord has, in his providential wisdom, given us an unusual opportunity to put our faith in him into practice. James 5:14 instructs us that a person who is seriously ill may call for the elders of the church to pray over him for healing. This is precisely the situation we have before us as a church, so this Sunday we will be following the instructions found in this scripture.

As we do this, I believe this can be a great way to start off the new year in faith. By devoting ourselves to fervent prayer, along with anointing with oil and confessing of sins, we are demonstrating that we believe in the Lord as our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. I can't think of a better way to begin 2009.

Songs
Praise the Savior (#17)
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (#495)
Call Jehovah Thy Salvation (#499)
Be Still My Soul (#500)
Be Thou My Vision (musical offering)
He Who Would Valiant Be (#507)
Another Year Is Dawning (#732)

Scripture Reading
A Call to Live Wholeheartedly for God - James 1, 5

Sermon
Let Him Pray: the Prayer of Faith and Saving the Sick - James 5:13-18

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