Preparing for Lord’s Day Worship
After President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage, we have been seeing many so–called Christian support of same–sex marriage in the media. But just as not all who call Jesus “Lord, Lord” truly know him, and Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness,” (Matt 7:21–23) so not all who claim to have “Christian” perspectives on same-sex marriage are Christians. To be a Christian, after all, is to take God’s side over against the world’s, to declare that God is in the right, not man. We cannot ignore the blasphemous twisting of Scripture only to ultimately declare that God is in the wrong, and that it is somehow “following Jesus” to take the opposite side of Scripture.
Below you will find a truly Christian position on same-sex marriage. Indeed, there is really ONE Christian position on this issue, and it is to declare same-sex marriage as unlawful and sinful in God’s eyes. But we do so as broken sinners who possess the hope of salvation. In addition to the three posts from last week, “A Christian Response to Same-Sex Marriage” by Michael Horton is a follow-up to his “Same-Sex Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense.” In that article Dr. Horton reflected upon same-sex marriage as one symptom of the worldview in which man is at the center of the universe and God exists to glorify man. In this follow-up article Dr. Horton reflects on the joy of seeing God, not man, at the center of the universe, and how that casts a different light on same-sex marriage.
Michael Horton’s Same-Sex Marriage Makes a Lot of Sense
Albert Mohler’s Evolution’s End? President Obama Calls for Same-Sex Marriage
Kevin DeYoung’s Five Reasons Christians Should Continue to Oppose Gay Marriage
In Daniel 7:9–14 we read of a vision of God’s glory. The Ancient of Days sat in judgment, and the beast, that usurper and challenger of God’s dominion, was destroyed. Who dare rise against God? The omnipotent God reigns!
And as Daniel’s vision continues he saw one like a son of man who received dominion and glory and a kingdom. The Ancient of Days who said, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isa 42:8) gave the one like a son of man “dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.” And one like the son of man was given an everlasting dominion.
This vision declared to Daniel of what will take place (in his) future, which, for us, is partially our past and also our future. The one like the son of man, the one who receives the dominion and glory and a kingdom which only belong to God, is the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God. But the Son of God was wearing man’s nature, and as a son of man he received the authority to judge the world. Thus in time the Son of God became a son of man, and God who put on man’s nature walked among man (our past). And one day the Son of God, still wearing our nature, but glorified, will come to judge and to rule. When that day comes (our future), when he calls all man to judgment, O “How the summons will the sinner’s heart confound!”
And, as John Newton expressed so poignantly,
But to those who have confessed, loved and served the Lord below,
he will say, “Come near, ye blessed, see the kingdom I bestow;
you forever shall my love and glory know.
In corporate worship we bow before the Lord of dominion and glory and kingdom. May we worship, then, as those who have taken his side over against the world’s, and may we be those who forever know his love and glory!
God Calls Us to Worship
* Daniel 7:9–14 (p. 745)
* TH #319 “Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!”
If you saw a bus barreling down the road and was about to run a man over, would you shout and warn him? If you saw a house on fire in the middle of the night, would you knock on your neighbor’s doors to warn them? Why then are we silent when we know God’s judgment is coming upon those that do not believe?
In Acts 4:1–12 we read of those who were not silent, not even when they were arrested by the authorities, not even when they were threatened. So ardently had they chosen the Lord’s side, they would not turn from declaring his message. So concerned they were with the perishing sinners, they would not be silenced. And they boldly declared Christ, the God who wore man’s nature, and as a son of man was crucified, died, and rose. They declared “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
As we bring our confession to the Lord, we must repent of our silence. We talk easily enough of loving our neighbors, but if we are silent, if we are not participating in some way of proclaiming the Savior, what is the point? As C.S. Lewis once wrote, a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek, but that does not mean anything. We must confess the sin of our silence.
Would you read the lesson on Shorter Catechism Q.21 and use it as a guide for your prayer? And be filled and wonder and praise that Christ the God-man gives us the ultimate insiders. And pray that you might no longer be silent!
God Hears Our Confession and Restores Us
Acts 4:1–12 (p. 911)
Shorter Catechism Q. 21 (p. 870)
Prayer of Confession
TH #441 “Jesus Shall Reign”
Gifts and Offering
God Speaks and We Listen
Romans 6:12–14 (p. 943)
Not Under Law but Under Grace
Rev. Ken Han
God Renews His Covenant Promises
Baptized Christians who are members in good standing in Reformed or evangelical churches are invited to participate. Otherwise, please let the bread and the cup pass you by. During the distribution of the bread we will sing TH #415 “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” stanzas 1–3 during the distribution of the bread, and stanzas 4–6 during the distribution of the cup.
God Dismisses Us with Blessing
* TH #585 “Take My Life, and Let It Be”
Upcoming Events and Notices
May 20 (Lord’s Day): Please join us for potluck lunch after the worship service.
May 23 (Wednesday 12:30 PM): All the women are invited to the Kay home for a time of study, fellowship, and prayer. The women are reading J.I. Packer’s Knowing God. We encourage the women of grace to take advantage of this opportunity for growth and mutual ministry.
May 24 (Thursday 7 AM): The Temecula men’s group will meet at the Han home. 1 Samuel 8 and Knowing God ch. 8.
May 26 (Saturday 7 AM): The Fallbrook men’s group will meet at the Summers home. 1 Samuel 8 and Knowing God ch. 7.
May 20: Ed & Stephanie Madrid
May 27: Howie and Rebecca Rogers