Call to Worship Psalm 30:4
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
Confession of Sin Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A 14
What is Sin?
Assurance of Pardon Titus 3:4-7
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Old Testament Reading Leviticus 5:17
“If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by the LORD's commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity.”
New Testament Reading James 1:12-18
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
*What is your natural reaction to a difficult circumstance in your life?
*Have you ever been angry at God for some trial in your life? What made you angry at God? Are you convinced that God wanted the worst for you?
*What does it look like for you to remain steadfast under trial? Can you do it by yourself?
*Describe what it is like to be ‘lured and enticed’ to sin.
*How does knowing that God doesn’t change help you in your suffering and temptation? See v. 17.
Benediction Ephesians 6:24
Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.