Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 2

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 2

This Sunday, as we continue our sermon series in the Gospel of Luke,  we see that Christ’s Kingdom comes in power and that Christians, as members of Christ’s Kingdom, have a measure of access to that power. As Christianity is pushed to the margins of society, this is a message of great hope!  

This brings up an important question: What does Kingdom Power look like in the life of a Christian? Proponents of the Prosperity Gospel would say that Kingdom Power enables the Christian to experience an increasingly blessed and prosperous life that is attained through faith. For some Christian theonomists and dominionists, Kingdom Power is expressed through political change as they seek to establish laws that are based upon Biblical precedent. Though both of these claim to be scriptural expressions of Kingdom Power, neither take into account the full council of scripture and end up expressing fraudulent views.

In Phillipians 3:10, the Apostle Paul writes about how we, as Christians, are to experience Christ’s resurrection power: we “share in His (Christ’s) sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” In this, Paul shows that Kingdom Power is accessed and manifested in the Christian as we are conformed to the image of Christ. Therefore, the process of sanctification is one of repentance, belief, and obedience to Christ that is characterized by servanthood and suffering. Dr. Richard Gaffin expresses this, writing that “By virtue of union with Christ, Paul is saying, the power of Christ’s resurrection is realized in the sufferings of the believer…Sharing in Christ’s sufferings is the way the church manifests his resurrection-power.”

This Sunday, as we hear about the power of the Kingdom, let us remember that the source of this power is the King of the universe who came as a suffering servant.  If we wish to know the power of the Kingdom, let us follow him by daily taking up our cross and living in humble reliance upon His grace and mercy!

THE WORD

Scripture: Luke 4:14-6:16
Sermon: Kingdom Power

SONGS

Hear the Call of the Kingdom (arr. Getty Music)
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Indescribable (arr. Matt Redman)
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Mighty is the Power of the Cross (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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Raise Up the Crown  (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Preparation: Beautiful Jesus (arr. Ed Cash and Kristian Stanfill)
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Song of Response: For All the Saints (arr. Indelible Grace)
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THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

“It is not only our duty, then, but our high privilege, to receive baptism. We not only obey God’s command in receiving it, but lay hold of his covenant promise. Having his mark upon us, and resting upon his pledge, we may go forward in joy and sure expectation of his gracious keeping in this life and his acceptance of us into his glory hereafter. Under this encouragement we are daily and hourly and momently to work out the salvation thus sealed to us, in the blessed knowledge that it is God who, in fulfillment of his pledge, is working in us both the willing and the doing. Thus we shall, as our fathers expressed it, “improve our baptism.” We improve it “by serious and thankful consideration of the nature of it, and of the ends for which Christ instituted it, the privileges and benefits conferred and sealed thereby, and our solemn vow made therein: by being humbled for our sinful defilement, our falling short of, and walking contrary to, the grace of baptism and our engagements; by growing up to assurance of pardon of sin, and of all other blessings sealed to us in that sacrament; by drawing strength from the death and resurrection of Christ, into whom we are baptized, for the mortifying of sin, and quickening of grace; and by endeavoring to live by faith, to have our conversation in holiness and righteousness, as those that have therein given up their names to Christ, and to walk in brotherly love, as being baptized by the same Spirit into one body.” Surely, he who does these things shall never stumble, but shall be fully girded for entrance into that eternal Kingdom for which we are marked and sealed in our baptism.”

B.B. Warfield

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