Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 9

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 9

Throughout ancient history, economies ran on an intricate system of weights and measures. Before coinage and the development of paper currency systems of payment and trade were carried out through the exchange of goods such as foodstuffs, livestock, and metals like gold, copper, and iron.  For many of these items, value was established upon weight and many early rulers sought to standardize the weighing system in order to facilitate trade throughout their kingdom. Without a standardized system, trade would have been stunted due to disorder and the likely prominence of thievery and price gauging.  With it in place, economies flourished and brought stability and prosperity.

Examples of standardization exist throughout all of life. In the courtroom, Lawyers appeal on behalf of their clients to a set of laws that their client has either upheld or broken. In the ongoing Winter Olympics, the performance of athletes will be judged according to a set of criteria that aids in determining excellence in a given sport. In all of these situations, standards provide boundaries that determine what something is and isn’t. The criminal is or isn’t guilty according to the law. An athlete is or isn’t a champion based upon their ability to perform according to a determinedly high standard. 

This Sunday, we continue our sermon series in Luke and see the standards by which Jesus evaluates humanity. He pronounces blessing upon the poor, hungry, weeping, and hated. In contrast, Jesus condemns the rich, full, laughing, and well thought of. The standard that Jesus presents here is one that flies directly in the face of the standards that typically determine a persons worth.

In this week’s sermon we learn that Christ lies at the center of his own evaluation. The blessed are those who weep over their need for Him and are hungry for His righteousness. The condemned are those who are full of themselves and laugh at their unrighteousness. As we examine Jesus’ words in Luke 6, let us not miss the implicit call to evaluate our lives, repent of our sins, and hide ourselves from our due penalty in his tender love and mercy. 

THE WORD

Scripture: Luke 6:17-49
Sermon: Examine Your Heart

SONGS

Forever (Chris Tomlin)
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Come Ye Sinners (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Love Constraining to Obedience (arr. Shane Martin)
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Be Thou My Vision (arr. Traditional)
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Song of Preparation: I Boast No More (arr. Sandra McCracken)
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Song of Response: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less (arr. Charlie Hall/Traditional)
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RESPONSIVE READINGS

Confession of Faith: Westminster Confession of Faith Q. 18.3b

“And therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure,that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience,the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness.”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Remembrance is an important part of the Christian experience. When did you last spend time evaluating your heart? What did you uncover? How did you respond? How might this inform your present walk with Christ?

2. What are specific Bible passages that describe how Christians are to live? Have you seen conformity to this in your life? What areas of your life are out of sync with this portrayal? What is one specific area that you can pray for this week?

3. What does it mean to have Christ as your foundation? How does scripture portray the person who has Christ as their foundation? Do you see evidences of this in your life?

 

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