The command in Hebrews 6:1 to go on to mature discernment is worth pondering on. We begin today a mini-series in discernment: what it is, and how it is developed.
We approach the God of wisdom with the reminder in Proverbs 8 that He is its source, and that wisdom and good judgement was His at the foundation of the world. We lift up our hearts in prayer, and then sing to the God who is “Immortal, Invisible, God Only-Wise”.
Our reading in the Tanakh is again in Proverbs, where Solomon tells us how to gain discernment. We then sing again our hymn of the month: “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery”, rejoicing in the glorious mystery of the Incarnation.
Our New Testament reading takes us to Paul’s prayer for the Philippians, that their love would grow in knowledge and discernment (the same word used in Proverbs 2:2 in the Greek Old Testament).
Discernment can recognise the true gospel from the false, and the ancient Apostles’ Creed, dating to around A. D. 250, captures much of the gospel. We recite this together, and then sing a modern version of this in the hymn “Credo”.
After our prayer and offering, we begin our study on the meaning of discernment.
Ending with the Doxology and benediction, we depart to apply our hearts to wisdom.
Call to Worship: Proverbs 8:12-36
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 36 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:1-11
New Hymn: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:3-11
Hymn 273 Credo
Sermon: Learn to Discern (1)
Benediction: 1 Timothy