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For my entire career as a student, I have hated studying, but not because I hate learning. I really enjoy learning and engaging with new ideas or concepts. What I hate about studying is that you’re looking at the same concepts, ideas, and facts over and over again. It’s basically an exercise in reminding yourself what you’ve learned over the course of the semester. I would much rather write a paper where I can explore different facets of a concept without going over the same ideas repeatedly. But the best way to learn an idea or remember certain facts is by repeatedly going back to those same ideas over and over again until they are engrained in your head.

The same is true of my spiritual life. It’s easy to get tired of going back to the same ideas, the same teaching, the same areas of growth over and over and over again. But this is precisely how the Christian life works. When we struggle and fall into sin, the solution is hardly ever to learn a brand new idea. Rarely will some previously unknown doctrine bring an end to our wanderings and sin. Rather, what we need to is to return, time and time again, to the same law, the same grace, and the same love of the same God who already cares for us and calls us to Himself.

The thought of this sort of repetition may seem boring or exhausting. But the more we do it and the more we return to God and encounter His love, the more this repetition will no longer feel like a duty. It will cease to be the cleaning-the-house-for-the-tenth-time-this-week or fixing-again-the-same-leaky-faucet kind of ordinary and will become the type of ordinary that we associate with favorite past-times or sitting by the fire with a good friend. As we remind ourselves regularly of God’s love for us, we are reminding ourselves of the most beautiful truth in the world: a holy God has chosen to love sinful people. So as we come to worship this week to be reminded once again of the gospel, may we do so not with boredom or a sense of duty but out of the desire to return in love to a loving God.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-25
Sermon: Remember His Commandment Is to Love Him

SONGS

Father of Mercies, In Thy Word (Traditional)
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Beautiful One (Tim Hughes)
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I Will Offer Up My Life  (Matt Redman)
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Speak O Lord (Getty Music)
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Song of Preparation: Made to Worship (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of ResponseMy Jesus I Love Thee
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