Grace Protestant Reformed Church

The One True God

Date: AM
Text: Isaiah 44; Lord's Day 34
Psalters: 226, 385, 255, 206
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. God is God.
    1. God is (Isaiah 44:6,8). Five thoughts to explain this.
    2. God is God. He is, always is - unchanging deity.
      1. He is good (infinitely so); and thus He is the object of His own focus (seeks Himself and rightly so), desires and purposes
      2. He is sovereign, determining and governing (controlling) all outside of Himself.
  2. Forbidden idolatry.
    1. Idolatry is to conceive of God other than as He has revealed Himself in His Word.
    2. The big idol is always self (II Tim. 3:1,2) - very self-centered, our perceived needs and wants and rights and happiness.
    3. Idolatry is when we trust anyone or anything other than God: our money, family, etc.
    4. Other violations of the first commandment.
  3. God requires right worship from all His creatures of His most glorious Being for Who He is and for all He has done.
    1. As a “living soul” (Gen. 2:7) all mankind is able to have a relationship with God, whether positive or negative.
    2. Right worship means right knowledge of Him, derived from what He reveals of Himself to us.
    3. Right worship is to love, fear, and glorify Him with my whole heart.
    4. Right worship means that I am constantly striving to do only what He commands.
    5. Right worship means that I trust in Him alone.
    6. Right worship means that I submit to Him and His decretive will with all humility and patience.
    7. Right worship is to expect all good things from Him only, for no one and nothing else can give good things.
  4. We receive great blessing in the way of obedience.