On Sunday, November 17, 2019, Serena Deloglos prayed a Prayer of Confession, Kevin Khoffie led worship, and Matthew Williams preached the message, “Hold Fast to the Gospel” as part of our current series, Living with the End in View from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. Click here for projection from the message. Below is Serena’s prayer and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week. To listen to this message again, click here.
Prayer of Confession:
Oh Almighty Father, we do adore you. You have been so kind to sustain us this week and to bring us to this place of corporate worship. We praise you for all that you have done.
Yet, especially next to your glory, we see our unworthiness to approach you. We confess that this is of our own making. We confess the choices that we have made this week, or on the drive in this morning, as well as the patterns we have allowed ourselves to slip into that are not of you. Like Jonah, we have run from what you have called us to do or who you have called us to be.
Yet, “Where can we go from your Spirit? Where can we flee from your presence? If we go up to the heavens, you are there; if We make our bed in the depths, you are there. If we say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139:11-12).
Thank you for such a loving pursuit, Lord. As we confess our sins against you, thank you for such constant mercy and deep forgiveness. Your love exceeds the heavens reach. You do not treat us as our sins deserve but in our distress you answer us. Even in deep darkness of our own making you listen to our cries for help. My God, like you there is no other. You are our highest good and our unending need.
In the sweet name of our Redeemer we pray,
- Matthew said that salvation is more than just a moment you “got right” with God. Looking at your life, is God’s progressive work visible to you and to others?
- Do you make a practice of asking godly friends, “How do you think the Spirit is working to sanctify me right now?” And then asking them how they think you can cooperate with his work?
- Read 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 and Ephesians 1:3-4. What does Paul say about where our salvation comes from?
- Do you thank God for the gift of salvation on a regular basis?
- Matthew said that the two common ways that can lead to us not holding fast are diminished gratitude or laziness in wrestling with how the gospel impacts our life. Do you see evidence of either of these areas in your life?
- Read 2 Thessalonians 2:15 and Jeremiah 6:16. What are the traditions and ancient paths that God has given us?
- Are you quick to run to the God’s Word and prayer in your life?