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We continue this week with our sermon series on the book of Jeremiah. The themes of sin and calls for repentance continue to permeate the text. As the Lord directs Jeremiah to prophecy, we should remember that it is his own people, Israel, that he calls to repent. In the four chapters we consider this week, the Lord displays False Religion and True Religion side by side to compare. He calls his people to turn from false religion relying on observance of rituals alone, to true religion leading to humility and obedience.
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Scripture: Jeremiah 7:1-10:25
Sermon: “False v True Religion”
Leader: There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due.
People: But we have not feared you, and have turned to worship idols crafted by our own hands. The lure of riches, power and success have enticed us to turn from you. Have mercy on us, and forgive us.
Leader: We give ourselves license to sin, Lord. We have done violence to your word by daring to use it to justify ourselves, saying “I will continue in sin, that grace may abound!”
People: Forgive us, Lord. Teach us that your grace frees us from sin, not to sin. Unite us with Christ in resurrection,
Confession of Faith :: Heidelberg Catechism, Q.86
Question: Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace alone through Christ, without any merit of our own, why must we yet do good works?
Answer: Because Christ, having redeemed us by His blood, also renews us by His Holy Spirit to be His image, so that with our whole life we may show ourselves thankful to God for His benefits, and He may be praised by us. Further, that we ourselves may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and that by our godly walk of life we may win our neighbours for Christ.