New City Catechism Week Forty-Six Q&A: What is the Lord’s Supper? Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of Him. The question for week forty-seven is: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?
Jesus sent me to tell you that He’s ready to meet with you. Just the two of you in private whenever you’re ready. And He says that He’s available for as long as you want.
I’m currently reading an outstanding book entitled, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. The author is Dr. Donald S. Whitney. In the chapter on worship, Dr. Whitney talks about the absolute importance of worship in a Christian’s life. For discussion purposes, Whitney divides worship into two categories: public worship and private worship.
Hebrews 10:25 makes it clear that God wants us to “gather together” in public worship. He wants us to develop the habit of faithfully assembling with fellow Christians where our primary purpose is to honor and glorify our Creator and Savior in worship. Dr. Whitney says,
“There’s an element of worship and the Christian life that can never be experienced in private worship, or by “watching” worship. There are some graces and blessings that our Father gives only when we meet together as His Family.”
On the other hand, no matter how much of a blessing God affords us through regular public worship services, there are some experiences with God that He gives only in private. Think about it, Jesus did both. Each Sabbath Jesus was faithfully in the synagogue (Luke 4:16). However, the good doctor Luke also tells us that Jesus would often “withdraw to desolate places to pray (Luke 5:16).”
“If Jesus is our role model, He makes it very clear that we need to be practicing both public and private worship, and that the two complement and enforce each other. Whitney says:
“How can we worship God publicly once each week when we do not care to worship Him privately throughout the week? Can we expect the flames of our worship to burn brightly in public on the Lord’s Day when they barely flicker for Him in secret throughout the week? Could it be that our corporate worship often dissatisfies us because we do not pursue satisfying worship in private?”
Then Dr. Whitney touched my heart when he talked about how God wants us to worship Him in private so that He can bless us, and He doesn’t want to do so just once a week at church. What an incredible blessing; we have unlimited access to God “twenty-four-seven.” Every day the guidance, encouragement, strength, discipline, forgiveness, and joy that only God can give awaits us if we take advantage of His invitation.
Well, here it is. Jesus sent me to tell you that He’s ready to meet with you. Just the two of you in private whenever you’re ready. And He says that He’s available for as long as you want. He says you’ll be blessed.
Written by Jim De Horn