The Joy of the Lord's Day, the History of Presbyterianism, Amillennialism, and Christ's Baptism
Weekend Newsletter: January 29, 2022
One subject I have grown increasingly passionate above over the last few years is the joy God has given us in the celebration of the Lord’s Day. In the Lord’s Day, God gives his people a weekly festival of joyfully gathering in his presence to worship him—what a privilege! God commands that we leave worldly employments and recreations behind not to cut us off from joy, but so to free us for the pleasures that are at his right hand forevermore (Ps. 16:11).
I have come across a few resources on the Lord’s Day lately that are worth sharing. My hope is that they will help you to prepare for the Lord’s Day tomorrow, or, perhaps, that they may be a blessing for you to read/listen tomorrow on the Lord’s Day.
The first article is from Benjamin Glaser, a Pastor in South Carolina:
I’d encourage you to follow Benjamin Glaser on Substack. He regularly produces thoughtful, biblical, and encouraging content.
Second, this article was excellent: Reclaiming Sabbath Rest, by Kyle Borg. Pastor Glaser linked to this in his article (above), and I found this brief meditation so helpful in getting to the heart of the joy of the Lord’s Day, as laid out in Scripture.
Third, please listen to this sermon Sean Morris preached on Psalm 92, “The Lord’s Day.” This was such a blessing to consider the joy that Christ offers us on his day, and it would be an excellent sermon to listen to tomorrow in the afternoon or evening.
May the Lord prepare our hearts for worshiping him tomorrow on the Lord’s Day!
In the previous section, we saw the centrality of repentance to the message and ministry of John the Baptist. A question may arise from this theme of repentance, however, that we should not too quickly overlook: why does repentance “work”? Certainly, there is nothing in repentance that accomplishes some satisfaction for sin, or that itself forces God to pardon us from our guilt. Why, then, should repentance lead to salvation? The answer lies not in our own power or merit when we repent, but in the power and faithfulness of God to keep his own promises. God promises to save those who repent from their sins, and to look in faith toward Christ for salvation. This is a certain guarantee because of his grace alone, and not for anything we deserve on our own. God’s promise, then, stems from God’s purposes and plan to save the world through his Son. As we see Jesus baptized here in Matthew 3, then, we discover an extraordinary truth: King Jesus came to cleanse sinners.