Sunday, March 26, 2017

“THY WILL BE DONE”, but: SCS 110

Grandma and Grandpa Tutt

Sunday, March 26, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 110

PRAYER for Today:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:

Don Williams - You're my best friend 1982

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:
Matthew 6:5-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Lord's Prayer
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
   on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.[d]
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:9 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence
  2. Matthew 6:10 Or Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
  3. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  4. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one; some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen


SERMON for Today:


My grandpa Tutt always asked. “Have you ever heard of a preacher saying he got a calling from God to go to a smaller church with less pay?”   He was questioning whether or not they were being truly being called.  We pray for God’s will, but we mostly want Him to do what we want.  Grandpa was saying the preachers were going where they wanted.  Are we doing what God wants or what we want?  Are we praying for His will or our desires?


How do we know God’s will?


  1. We study His life and actions while He was on earth in the form of His son Jesus.  We can learn much about what His will for us is by knowing what He did while He was living as a human.  For example He was always approachable by the sick.
  2. We must study His words until they are like our own.
  3. We must be in constant prayer.


1 Thessalonians 5:14-22English Standard Version (ESV)
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or disorderly, or undisciplined


May God Bless You and Walk Beside You This Week. Amen


© Ed Cooper, March 26, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
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(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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