Communion’s prayer, Sunday XVI after Trinity Week from 02 to 07 October 2017

FLM TOBY FANANTENANA 67 Ha
Communion’s prayer, Sunday XVI after Trinity
Week from 02 to 07 October 2017
“Know God”

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Introduction: “Know God” as He is the true God, who is to be believed in. Indeed, not everyone knows and believes in the true God. And even if some might know Him, it does not necessarily mean respecting and believing in Him. This is why the Apostle Paul said to the believers in Rome regarding the deliberate behavior of those who consciously denied God: “for although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” Rom 1:21. For God wants our faith to be deeply rooted in order for us to be saved and to live by his grace, and above all, to be able to stand our ground during the days of evil. (Eph 6:13). This results only from our knowing Him Personally, as stated by Paul: “I know whom I have believed” 2 Tim 1:12, so that we can testify: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” Rom 1:16. Neither religion, nor heritage from education, nor different human teachings, but only “the true faith” can save, the faith which is built on the Word of God as is written: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ” Rom 10: 17. Meanwhile, to worship “false gods” and to serve “a multitude of gods” result in loss and damage, as Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters” Mt 6:24. But great is his promise to all those who seek to know and accept Him as their only saving God, worthy of praise and worship. For it is written: “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘know the Lord’, because they will all know me” Jer 31: 34a.

Monday 02: Know God.
“See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me” Dt 32: 39a.
Reading 1: Heb 6: 13-20; Reading 2: Dt 32: 39-40; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Dt 32: 39a. Other references:
– “Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other” Dt 4:39.
– “Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge?” Ps 94: 8-10.

Tuesday 03: Not all devout practicers know God.
“For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel” Rom 9: 6b.
Reading 1: Jn 1:6-13; Reading 2: Rom 9:1-13; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Rom 9:6-8. Other references:
– “But Israel does not know, my people do not understand” Is 1:3c,d.
– “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know” Jn 4:22.
– “For if they understood, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” 1 Cor 2:8b.

Wednesday 04: Jesus is the Revealer of God.
“I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world” Jn 11:27.
Reading 1: Acts 4: 1-12; Reading 2: Jn 11: 19-29; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 11:27. Other references:
– “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” Jn 1: 18.
– “But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, or we shall be like him, or we shall see him as he is” 1 Jn 3:2b.

Thursday 05: The Word of God teaches us about God.
“Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” Lk 24:45.
Reading 1: Neh 8: 8-10; Reading 2: Lk 24: 44-47; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Lk 24: 45. Other references:
– “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me” Jn 5: 39.
– “And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tim 3:15

Friday 06: The Holy Spirit testifies about God.
“He will testify about me” Jn 15: 26b.
Reading 1: Lk 2: 25-32; Reading 2: Jn 15: 18-26; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 15: 26. Other references:
– “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” Joe 2:28.
– “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” 1 Cor 2: 10b.

Saturday 07: The believers are God’s witnesses.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard” 1 Jn 1:3a.
Reading 1: Is 43:10-13; Reading 2: 1 Jn 1:1-5; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: 1 Jn 1: 3. Other references:
– “Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in Holy majesty from the womb of the dawn you will receive the due of your youth” Ps 110:3
– “Simon Peter answered: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” Mt 16:16.
– “And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning” Jn 15: 27.

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