Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 22, 2015

We can fall into two fallacies when we consider the Lord’s sovereignty. With these fallacies we tend to believe one aspect of God’s sovereignty while failing to trust that God is also sovereign in the other realm. The first way we do this is trust that God is in control of the little circumstances and events of our daily lives and yet we fail to believe that He is in control of all of history. We may believe that He so ordains the events in our lives, but think that there is no way He is in control of the crazy things that happen around the world. The other mistake we make is to believe that the Lord is sovereign over the larger picture, but we do not think that he is in control of our daily lives.

Doctrine and belief always affect how we live so it is important that we correct false beliefs as believers so that we can live the way that God has intended for us to live. When we believe that God is in control of the larger things we tend to act as if we are Lord over our lives in the details and the day to day. It is usually in this mistake that pride can creep its way into our hearts because we believe that we are in the driver’s seat. When we acknowledge God’s sovereignty in the minutiae yet distrust His control over world events we tend to panic, thinking that we live in a choatic, disordered universe. This also causes us to sin because we grasp onto things that will bring us comfort and security amidst our anxiety and fear. 

The truth is that God is totally sovereign over all of His creation. When we realize that God controls our very lives we can come before him in God honoring submission and admit that we are not the lord of our life. This puts God where He is supposed to be, on the throne. When we acknowledge the Lord’s will in the annals of history and in the big events of our lives we begin to trust Him even when things look frightening and chaotic. Here is where we grow in trust and love for a God that works all things out for the good of His people. It is often thought that the doctrine of God’s sovereignty is a cold belief in a God who controls people like robots, but in actuality it is a characteristic of God in which we more fully and intimately know our kind and gracious Father. 

THE WORD

Scripture: 1 Samuel 9:1-10:27
Sermon: Seeing God’s Sovereign Hand at Work

SONGS

Come Thou Fount (Traditional)
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A Mighty Fortress is Our God (arr. Traditional)
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All Must Be Well (arr. Matthew Smith)
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Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: Arise O God  (arr. Christopher Miner)
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Song of Response: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (arr. Indelible Grace)
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