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Feed: Confessional's Bytes Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2010 11:44 AM Author: Jim Pierce Subject: What Makes the Divine Service "Divine"?
What makes the Sunday divine service so "divine"?
1) We get to be with Jesus (Matthew 18:20). 2) The Lord comes to us with His forgiveness of sins through the preaching of His word, and the Lord's supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-28). 3) Along with angels and archangels, the saints in heaven, and the saints on earth, we get to respond to the Lord with thanksgiving for the forgiveness of sins through praise and worship. The congregation joins together making "supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings" for all (1 Timothy 2:1).
What makes the divine service "divine" is God's word and His forgiveness of sins being faithfully delivered to sinners who need and receive Christ's forgiveness through sound law and gospel preaching and at our Lord's table where they receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ, truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine.
It is pretty simple, really. Peter nailed it with "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life...." —John 6:68