Devotional

May 14-20, 2017, wk 20

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (2 Chronicles 17-23, Luke 4:38-8:39, Psalm 67-68, Proverbs 17:25-18:10).

  2. Memorize 

    Who is the Redeemer? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.

     

  3. Meditate

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

    For more on New City Catechism 20, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#20.

    Acts 2:41-42, 44 Those who received [Peter’s] word were baptized…And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

  4. Pray

    “Ask that your church would also be devoted to spending the time together required to forge meaningful relationships. Thank God for the friendships you already have at church; then prayerfully think about who else you could seek to deepen your relationship with this month.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 20.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with J, K, L.

  5. Sing

    Behold the Lamb” is our song for the week:

May 7 – 13, 2017, wk 19

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (2 Chronicles 9-16, Luke 1:39-4:37, Psalm 63-66, Proverbs 17:11-24).

  2. Memorize 

    Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

  3. Meditate

    Isaiah 53:10–11 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

    For more on New City Catechism 19, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#19.

    Acts 2:41-42, 44 Those who received [Peter’s] word were baptized…And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

  4. Pray

    “Ask that your church would also be devoted to spending the time together required to forge meaningful relationships. Thank God for the friendships you already have at church; then prayerfully think about who else you could seek to deepen your relationship with this month.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 20.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with G, H, I.

  5. Sing

    Behold the Lamb” is our song for the week:

April 30 – May 6, 2017, wk 18

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (2 Chronicles 1-8, John 18 – 21, Luke 1:1-38, Psalm 59-62, Proverbs 16:29-17:10).

  2. Memorize 

    Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?(Kidz Memory in Blue)

    No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.

  3. Meditate

    Ephesians 5:5-6 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

    For more on New City Catechism 18, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#18.

    Acts 2:41-42, Those who received [Peter’s] word were baptized…And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

  4. Pray

    “Thank God that he has given the church ‘the apostles’ teaching’ in the pages of Scripture…Pray that your church would be devoted to learning from it together – whether that’s in Sunday services, Bible-study groups, or one to one. Pray that you would be committed to attending, even at the end of a draining day or hectic week. And pray that your hearts and minds would be engaged and stirred by God’s word as you meet week by week.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 20.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with D, E, F.

  5. Sing

    I Have a Shelter” is our song for the week:

April 23-30, 2017, wk 17

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (1 Chronicles 24-29, John 13-17, Psalm 56-58, Proverbs 16:15-28).

  2. Memorize 

    What is idolatry? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.

  3. Meditate

    Romans 1:21, 25 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened…They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.

    For more on New City Catechism 17, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#17.

    Ephesians 4:15-16, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

  4. Pray

    “Ask God to help your church ‘grow’ and ‘build’ one antother up. Ask God to give you specific opportunities to do so when you next meet with your church family! Pray that you would not flinch from speaking hard truth to one another, but that you would do so ‘in love’. Thank God that it is ‘by every supporting ligament’ that the church grows, ‘as each part does its work.’ Pray that those who are on the fringes of church life would come to see the essential role they can play.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 17.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with A, B, C.

  5. Sing

    The Lion and the Lamb” is our song for the week:

April 17-23, 2017, wk 16

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (1 Chronicles 16:8-23:32, John 10-12, Psalm 53-55, Proverbs 16:1-14).

  2. Memorize 

    What is Sin? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created,  rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law – resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

  3. Meditate

    1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

    For more on New City Catechism 16, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#16.

    Ephesians 4:14, “… no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

  4. Pray

    “Pray that your church would not be ‘tossed back and forth by the waves.’ What difficult circumstances are threatening to unsettle individuals in your church? What biblical teachings are you tempted to compromise on? Pray that your church would hold steadfastly to the truth. Pray that every member–whether they’re preaching from the front, contributing at a Bible study or chatting over coffee–would remain confident in the truths of God’s word.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 17.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with V – Z.

  5. Sing

    The Lion and the Lamb” is our song for the week:

April 10-16, 2017, wk 15

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (1 Chronicles 8-16:7, John 7-9, Psalm 50-52, Proverbs 15:19-33).

  2. Memorize 

    Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?  (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

  3. Meditate

    Romans 3:20 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

    For more on New City Catechism 15, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#15.

    Ephesians 4:15, “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”

  4. Pray

    “Pray that your church would be growing more and more into ‘the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ’. Pray that your family would grow ‘in every respect’ – in each areas of believers’ lives.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 17.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with S, T, U.

  5. Sing

    The Lion and the Lamb” is our song for the week:

April 3 – 9, 2017, wk 14

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (1 Chronicles 1-7, John 4:46-6:71, Psalm 45-49, Proverbs 15:5-18).

  2. Memorize 

    Did God create us unable to keep his law? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

  3. Meditate

    Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

    For more on New City Catechism 14, visit: http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/14.

    Ephesians 4:15, “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”

  4. Pray

    “Pray that your church would be growing more and more into ‘the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ’. Pray that your family would grow ‘in every respect’ – in each areas of believers’ lives.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 17.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with P, Q, R.

  5. Sing

    Here is Love” is our song for the week:

March 27 – April 2, 2017, wk 13

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (Jonah 3 – Micah 7, John 1-4:45, Psalm 43-44, Proverbs 14:26-15:4).

  2. Memorize 

    Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

  3. Meditate

    Romans 3:10-12 There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.

    For more on New City Catechism 13, visit: http://www.newcitycatechism.com/q-parent/q13.php.

    Ephesians 4:15, “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”

  4. Pray

    “Pray that your church would be growing more and more into ‘the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ’. Pray that your family would grow ‘in every respect’ – in each areas of believers’ lives.” – Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 17.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with M, N, O.

  5. Sing

    Here is Love” is our song for the week:

March 20-26, 2017, wk 12

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (Hosea 9 – Jonah 2, Mark 14 – 16, Psalm 38 – 42, Proverbs 14:11-25).

  2. Memorize 

    What does God require in the 9th & 10th commandments? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

  3. Meditate

    James 2:8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

    For more on New City Catechism 12, visit: http://www.newcitycatechism.com/q-parent/q12.php.

    Ephesians 4:11-13, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…”

  4. Pray

    “Pray that your church’s unity would not come from being similar types of people in the first place, but that it would be a deeper kind: ‘unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.’ Thank God that through the gospel, such unity is possible!”  Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 16.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with J, K, L.

  5. Sing

    All That I Am I Owe to Thee” is our song for the week:

March 13 – 19, 2017, wk 11

During each week of 2017, a (1) devotional consisting of a reading (or listening) from Scripture, a (2) New City Catechism question and answer (newcitycatechism.com), a (3) primary scripture passage behind that Q&A and a scripture to consider in prayer, a (4) prayer project for the week, and then finally, a (5) song of the week, will be posted to queensreformation.org/devotional and to the “Devotional” portion of the Reformation Church App. On each Sunday following the devotional, the New City Catechism Q&A and the song of the week (or a song from a previous week) will be used during morning worship service.

  1. Read

    Or listen to Bible Reading for the day in the Reformation Church App (Hosea 1-8, Mark 10:35 – 13:37, Psalm 35-37, Proverbs 13:21-14:10).

  2. Memorize 

    What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments? (Kidz Memory in Blue)

    Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

     

  3. Meditate

    Romans 13:9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    For more on New City Catechism 11, visit: http://www.newcitycatechism.com/q-parent/q11.php.

    Ephesians 4:11-12, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…”

  4. Pray

    “Thank God for the leaders that ‘Christ himself’ has given your church, ‘to equip his people for works of service.’ Pray that your church…would see your leaders in the same way that Paul does – not there to do everything themselves, but to equip all of Christ’s people to do his work. Ask God to give your leaders wisdom in discerning the areas where members need equipping the most, and how best they can do that.”  Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray for Your Church, p. 16.

    Pray for brothers and sisters in directory with last names starting with G, H, I.

  5. Sing

    Jesus I am Resting Resting” is our song for the week: