What will our lives be like in Christ’s kingdom reign? Joel 2:26-27, the Scripture call to worship for this coming Lord’s Day, gives us a foretaste: “You shall eat and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.” The difficulties and trials of this life will be over when the Second Adam rules over creation. We will all use God’s gifts for his glory, eating and drinking with joy and satisfaction (cf. 1 Cor 10:31; 15:32). The future millennium will not be a time of abuse of God’s creation, but a time of satisfaction in God and his provision. “You shall eat and be satisfied.” This may strike us terribly “earthly,” but, as we have seen, this will be all part of the glory when God’s created world, now suffering under the throws of the curse, is finally made right. Yes, the millennium will be a time where we are satisfied with creation. But this is not all. Amidst this provisional glory is a shining a far more important glory, where God’s people “will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.” Above and under any early joys will be the praise and glory in God. Then we will truly and ever “eat and drink to the glory of God.” Then we will know, as v. 27 goes on to say, that our God “is the Lord your God and there is none else.” To answer the original question, as to what our lives will be like in Christ’s kingdom, our lives will be marked by worship and adoration and the knowledge of God. As we wait for this blessed vision, since it has been promised to us in the risen Christ, let us now “praise the name of the Lord our God, who has dealt bountifully with us.”
In the prayer service, we will take a Sunday to return to Psalm 119. To begin the service we will sing “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.”
The sermon this Sunday looks at Paul’s explanation of how our Christian lives would be different in practice if there is no resurrection. The resurrection touches on baptism, sacrifice in ministry, and even temperance. Without it, all these things are rendered irrational. The doctrine of the resurrection is necessarily attached, not only to the doctrines Christians espouse (vv 12-19), but to the lives we live. Our worship service brings together several of these themes.
Call to Worship: Joel 2:26-27
Hymn [Insert] Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Congregational Reading: Psalm 20
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 52 [Blue] Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God
Scripture Reading: Job 29 & Mark 9:2-13
Hymn 414 [Blue] Am I a Soldier of the Cross In 1 Cor 15:31, Paul says that he “dies every day.” In that spirit, I’ve selected Isaac Watt’s classic hymn on suffering for the Lord as a soldier of Christ. The true and courageous soldier of Christ endures suffering because he regards himself dead to the world in Christ. So we sing in the final stanza, “Sure I must fight I would reign–increase my courage, Lord! I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by thy Word!” This kind of sacrificial life only makes sense if we have a hope—a hope that we will reign with Christ in the age to come. And this hope is a living hope because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Sermon: The Practical Christian Life (without the Resurrection) from 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
Hymn 403 [Blue] Soldiers of Christ, Arise
In Sunday School, I will teach on our catechism Question 26.