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Lord's Day Liturgy

Forgiven and Favored

There may be no greater burden I feel than that the flock would know that God is glad with them in Christ. Stated another way, I want believers to believe the gospel, to keep believing it into their bones and back out again. I pray for your progress and joy of faith.

We have been taught to be serious by half. It is right to take our sin seriously. God took our sin seriously. Our sin required the sacrifice of a spotless lamb, and God sent His own Son. But, not only has the Lamb died, the Lamb has taken away the sin of the world. And not only that, He stands now as having been slain. The Lamb lives, and we who believe will live forever with Him.

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8–9 ESV)

So for all those in Christ the Lord’s Table is only a table of guilt in so far as we’re reminded He’s dealt with our guilt. For all those in Christ this is a table of judgment in so far as we’re reminded our judgment for sin is done. In Christ we are His beloved, we are saints, we are brothers. In Christ we have bread and wine and peace and joy. In Christ, we are forgiven and favored.