The Creed- Weekend words from Hillsong Worship

 

 

 

via This I Believe (The Creed) – Hillsong Worship – YouTube.

 

“The Apostles’ Creed first appeared around 140 AD.

It’s old — and it’s bold, bolder than we often give it credit for. In fact, the audaciousness of its historic claims easily get obscured by our familiarity with the ancient lines.

“I feel strongly about this,” John Piper once warned in a sermon, “that among those of us who have grown up in church and who can recite the great doctrines of our faith in our sleep and who yawn through the Apostles’ Creed — that among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power.”

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Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

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Christmas-making peace on earth

 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

(Luke 2:11–14)

 

 

 

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. (Isa. 9:6–7)

 

“My great desire for you this Christmas is that you enjoy this peace. We know that there are global aspects to this peace that lie in the future when

“the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). When, as Isaiah says,

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Isa. 9:7).

But Jesus has come to inaugurate that peace among God’s people. And there are three relationships in which he wants you to pursue this peace and enjoy this peace.

Peace with God. Peace with your own soul. And peace with other people, as much as it lies in you.

And by peace, I mean not only the absence of conflict and animosity but also the presence of joyful tranquility, and as much richness of interpersonal communication as you are capable of.”

 

 

Excerpted from The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

Listen to a short introduction from Dr. John Piper here, where you can download a PDF copy free or purchase a paperback or eBook.

Thank you for joining me in these Advent devotions. Here are the earlier posts from this series.

Week 1     Week 2     Week 3      Week 4

 

 

Advent , rejoicing with joy

“Worshiping Jesus means joyfully ascribing authority and dignity to Christ with sacrificial gifts.

 

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

MATTHEW 2:10

 

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“Worshiping Jesus means joyfully ascribing authority and dignity to Christ with sacrificial gifts.

We ascribe ( credit, attribute, attach ) to him. We don’t add to him.

God is not served by human hands as though he needed anything (Acts 17:25). “

 

 

 

Excerpted from

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

 

Listen to a short introduction from Dr. John Piper here, where you can download a PDF copy free or purchase a paperback or eBook.

 

 

Advent , giving in love

The meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this love. “God so loved . . .”

And wonder of wonders, God gives this costly love to an undeserving world of sinners, like us.”

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His Son”

John 3:16

That’s the kind of love the Father has. It is a giving love. It gives his most precious treasure—his Son.

Meditate on that this Advent. It was a very costly love. A very powerful love. A very rugged, painful love.

The meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this love. “God so loved . . .”

And wonder of wonders, God gives this costly love to an undeserving world of sinners, like us.”

Excerpted from

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

Listen to a short introduction from Dr. John Piper here, where you can download a PDF copy free.

Advent, coming to serve

“Christmas is about the coming of Christ into the world

Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

MARK 10:45

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Christmas is about the coming of Christ into the world.

Open your heart to receive the best present imaginable: Jesus giving himself to die for you and to serve you all the rest of eternity. Receive this. Turn away from self-help and sin. Become like little children. Trust him. Trust him. Trust him with your life.”

 

Excerpted from

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

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Listen to a short introduction from Dr. John Piper here, where you can download a PDF copy free .

 

 

Advent , seeking the lost

“The word advent means “coming.” In this season of the year, we focus on the meaning of the coming of the Son of God into the world.

The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10

 

 

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“The word advent means “coming.” In this season of the year, we focus on the meaning of the coming of the Son of God into the world.

Jesus came into the world at the first Advent, and every Advent since is a reminder of his continual advent into more and more lives. And that advent is, in fact, our advent—our coming, our moving into the lives of those around us and into the peoples of the world.”

 

Excerpted from

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper

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Listen to a short introduction from Dr. John Piper here, where you can download a  free PDF copy.

Fifteen Tactics for Joy – Devotional by John Piper | Solid Joys

Fifteen Tactics for Joy
John Piper

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)

How shall we fight for joy?

Realize that authentic joy in God is a gift.
Realize that joy must be fought for relentlessly.
Resolve to attack all known sin in your life.
Learn the secret of gutsy guilt — how to fight like a justified sinner.
Realize that the battle is primarily a fight to see God for who he is.
Meditate on the Word of God day and night.
Pray earnestly and continually for open heart-eyes and an inclination for God.
Learn to preach to yourself rather than listen to yourself.
Spend time with God-saturated people who help you see God and fight the fight.
Be patient in the night of God’s seeming absence.
Get the rest, exercise, and proper diet that your body was designed by God to have.
Make a proper use of God’s revelation in nature.
Read great books about God and biographies of great saints.
Do the hard and loving thing for the sake of others (witness and mercy).
Get a global vision for the cause of Christ and pour yourself out for the unreached.

via Fifteen Tactics for Joy – Devotional by John Piper | Solid Joys.

Also by John Piper Pierced by the Word: Thirty-one Meditations for your Soul

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