Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

 Compromise sounds like a humble thing in the eyes of the world. And in many circumstances it is an honorable thing to do such as in marital conflict. However, what the world does not understand is the faithfulness of Christians to the Lord Jesus Christ and their unwillingness to compromise. The bumper sticker ‘coexist’ is a good summary of the world’s understanding of compromise. The thinking is that all gods have equal footing and therefore each should be given proper respect and honor. When Christians claim that they worship a God who has revealed himself exclusively in the Trinity then Christians are marked as being intolerant and the call is for them to compromise. 

It is helpful to consider our relationship to Jesus as a marriage which is a way in which he often referred to it. We are wed to Jesus in our union to Christ. We are considered in relationship to him like that of a spouse. It would be ridiculous to ask anyone to compromise their relationship with their spouse. In the same way when we compromise our worship and love to the Lord and give it to other people or things we are spoiling the most important relationship that we have as Christians. The Lord in his mercy has given us the grace of repentance. Repentance displays the wonders of his love in that despite our sin he allows us to forsake it and its divisive nature. In repentance we turn from sin and turn to Christ in faith. As you grow as a Christian you become more aware of how much you need to repent. Martin Luther spoke of it as a daily occurrence. Therefore as we approach Sunday consider the ways that you have compromised with the world and in repentance and faith return to Christ seeking to remain faithful to him alone. 

THE WORD

Scripture: Revelation 2:12-17
Sermon: Don’t Tolerate Worldly Compromise

SONGS

Our God Our Help In Ages Past  (Cardiphonia)
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Not Be Shaken  (arr. Norm Strauss)
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Lead On O King Eternal  (Indelible Grace)
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Jesus With Thy Church Abide  (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: Christ is Enough  (arr. Hillsong)
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Song of Response:Whom Shall I Fear  (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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