Defined By God's Mercy
[Due to technical difficulties, the introduction at the beginning of the sermon is missing. This week the message was brought to us by Garrett DeMeyer, a member at Waukesha City Church.]
How Great Is Our God [Song]
Prayer of Confession
Here Is Love [Song]
Amazing Grace [Song]
Ancient of Days [Song]
New City Catechism Q. 46
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion [Song]
God Is For Us [Song]
 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
 Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
 Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
 For your name's sake, O LORD,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
 Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles. (ESV)
New City Catechism Q. 46. http://newcitycatechism.com/new-city-catechism/#46
1 Peter 2:1-10
 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.  Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (ESV)