Scripture: Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:11

Scripture Referenced: Hebrews 11:13; Exodus 15:1-2; 2 Samuel 22:2-4; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; Exodus 15:11; Psalm 115:4-8; 

Catechism Question: #40 | What should we pray?


When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and I wouldn’t go to the churches and Gospel Halls; . . . I disliked very much their hymns, which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the great merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit.
— CS Lewis, Surprised by Joy
“Speaking the truth in love” is often understood as saying hard things or dealing with conflict: we “speak the truth in love” when we confront sin or say unpopular things lovingly. According to Peterson, though, “speaking the truth in love” is not so much about interpersonal boldness as it is about a community that shares a confession, a unified expression of faith in the God who saved them. The gathered body teaches the Word and proclaims it together; we speak the truth in love as we sing, read the Scriptures, and remember the gospel together...The fruit of the gathering is not just a strong individual, but a strong church, united in faith.
— Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace
Every time we sing praise to the triune God, we are asserting our opposition to anything that would attempt to stand in God’s place. Every hymn of praise is a little anti-idolatry campaign. . . . When we sing “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,” we are also saying “Down with the gods from whom no blessings flow.
— John Witvliet
When it comes to romantic relationships and sex, many - if not most - emerging adults see little connection between the lives they live now, before settling down, and the lives they will live later after having settled down. The assumption seems to be, “Whatever happens in my early 20’s, stays in my early 20’s” and the memories and behavioral consequences will never haunt them down the road.
— Christian Smith, Souls in Transition