“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

11/09/2022 – Morning Service: Judgment and self-examination

Bible Readings:

Psalm 139:1 – 24

Matthew 5:38 – 48, 7:1 – 14

Sermon Outline:

Psalm 139:18–24 (NKJV)

18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

19Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.

20For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;

24And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

I The certainty of final judgment

Psalm 139 begins with a meditation about God before God.

Psalm 139:1–2 (NKJV)

1O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

2You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

II The necessity of judging ourselves

1 Corinthians 11:31–32 (NKJV)

31For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

32But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)

13He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Catechism for Young Children 1840

Adopted from the Westminster Shorter Catechism for Children

10 – Where is God?

God is everywhere.

11 – Can you see God?

No; I cannot see God, but he always sees me.

12 – Does God know all things?

Yes; nothing can be hid from God.

13 – Can God do all things?

Yes; God can do all His holy will.