The Bible is the Word of God. It is in these pages that God best reveals His mercy, His redemptive grace and the release from the bonds of sin in our lives. It is in these pages that God best reveals Himself as a loving God who, through His Son – Jesus Christ – has taken upon Himself the whole burden of human sin, sorrow and suffering. This message cannot be cut off from God’s clear call to humanity to respond to His grace - so freely offered – and accept His invitation to establish such a personal relationship with each of us through faith, repentance and obedience.
The Psalms are the heart of God’s message of love.
Worship is perhaps the most appropriate, the most likely way of our receiving and understanding God’s offer of grace and mercy. Worship provides the power and the driving-force to fulfill His demand. It is in the Psalms that we find a most direct contact with God. It is in the Psalms that are drawn, along with the Psalmist, to attribute ‘worth-ship’ to God.
The Psalms are the heart of the worship.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in His works.
Who looks on the earth, and it quakes and trembles, Who touches the mountains, and they smoke!
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him; as for me, I will rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
Psalm 104:31-35 The Amplified Bible
Join us for a wonderful Summer Sermon Series as we worship through the Psalms together.
Introduction to the Psalms adapted from Gunn, George S. Singers of Israel: The Book of Psalms (Bible Guides, Volume 10; Barclay, William & F. F. Bruce, general Editors) Abingdon Press: New York 1963
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Summer Sermon Series
“Falling Into Greatness: Reading, Studying and Praying the Psalms”
We will be taking a look at some of the Psalms that speak directly to the heart of our own selves. This sermon series is based on the book “Falling Into Greatness” by Lloyd John Ogilvie.
Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie (born September 2, 1930) is a Presbyterian minister who served as Chaplain of the United States Senate from 104th through 107th Congresses (1995-2003). He has been the recipient of numerous honorary awards and degrees. In 1996, Lloyd Ogilvie is one of 12 individuals named in Baylor University's worldwide survey, "Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World."
He is the author of over 50 books, and hosted the former nationally syndicated radio and television ministry was called "Let God Love You." This weekly television ministry ran for seventeen years and the daily radio ministry spanned ten years. "Let God Love You" was recorded at and broadcast from First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (Hollywood, California).
This sermon series is “about how to fall into greatness.” (Ogilvie 1984, p. 9) Dr. Ogilvie writes: “In our fast-track race through life, problems trip us. We stumble and fall.” (Ogilvie 1984, p. 9) The great news is this: like the loving heavenly Father that He is, God is ready to grab hold of us when we do fall. We are caught up and embraced in the everlasting arms of a loving God. We realize God’s true awesomeness. We experience His grace – unmerited, unearned, undeserved, YET unchanging, unqualified and unlimited. God is always there to turn our hurts and pains, our fears and frustrations, our discouragements and disappointments into a deeper awareness of our own possibility and promise at being great through God. God’s grace + our gratefulness = greatness.
However, Dr. Ogilvie is quick to point out that such “greatness grows when we are honest with God about our difficulties in our relationships and responsibilities.” (Ogilvie 1984, p. 9) The Psalms help us learn how to live our lives honestly before God. The early church father, Athanasius has said, “Most Scripture speaks to us, while the Psalms speak for us.” (Ogilvie 1984, p. 9 emphasis mine) As we study these Psalms, we join with the experience of the Psalmist as he pours out his own heart to God.
Ogilvie, Lloyd John. Falling Into Greatness. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc., 1984.
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