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Series: Returning to Matthew

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May 31, 2020 | Paul Duppenthaler

In this quick diversion from the Book of Matthew, Pastor Paul looks to a passage from James to examine how we should be planning our lives during this pandemic.

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James 4:13–17 NIV
 

Heidelberg Catechism #27.  ON GOD’S PROVIDENCE.

            Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which He upholds, as with His hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from His fatherly hand. 

  1. TRUST IN GOD’S  .

James 4:13-14 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 

Heidelberg Catechism #28.  ON THE BENEFITS OF PROVIDENCE

We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have a good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from His love.  All creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they can neither move nor be moved. 

  1. ALIGN WITH GOD’S WILL:  .

James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say,
“If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
 

  1. HUMBLY TRUST THAT  .

James 4:16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 

1 Corinthians 4:7  What do you have that you did not receive?
And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
 

  1. MAKE PLANS WITH  .

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. 

WHAT ARE YOUR COVID-19 PLANS?

Make unique plans for God’s glory during this unique time. 
Pray for God’s favor while planning and doing them.
Keep margins in your schedule for good works.  

 

Series Information

Matthew became the most important of all Gospel texts for first- and second-century Christians because it contains all the elements important to the early church. In this series, we are picking up where we left off in chapter 9 and going on through chapter 13. We'll be covering the importance of getting Jesus' identity right, his healing miracles, discipleship, and several parables. This series will take us through the first half of 2020.

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