Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 1

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 1

Questions concerning knowledge have been debated throughout the ages. The pendulum of thought concerning this topic has swung radically throughout time. In our current day, there is a sentiment concerning knowledge that is echoed throughout academia and pop-culture alike: who knows? In keeping with the empirical tendencies of modernism, our culture values scientific knowledge, but, in a post-modern twist, counts all other sources of knowledge as ephemeral and based upon subjective interpretation.  In many senses, we regard knowledge like the German philospher Arthur Schopenhauer, who said, “The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.” 

As Christians, however, we believe something radically different.  We believe that God is our true source of knowledge and that he made himself known through the incarnation, life, and death of His son, Jesus Christ.  We even take our epistemology further by saying that not only can we know God, but that that our knowing God changes us and makes us more like Him!

This Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series that explores the importance of sound teaching as seen through the book of 2nd Peter. In the series’ first sermon, we see that sound teaching about God begins with right knowledge about God, which is found in the life and work of Jesus Christ.   

THE WORD

Scripture: 2nd Peter 1:1-4
Sermon: “Knowing God Changes Us”

SONGS

How Firm a Foundation
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You Never Let Go (arr. Matt Redman)
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Laden With Guilt (arr. Sandra McCracken)
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Speak, O Lord (arr. Getty Music
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Offertory: Thou Art the Way  (arr. G.W. Doane and J.D. Goodwyne)

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Song of Response: Thou Lovely Source of True Delight (arr. Indelible Grace)
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THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

“The best way to introduce the meaning of baptism is to assert that both the sacraments of the
gospel are essentially sacraments of grace, that is, sacraments of divine initiative, not of
human activity. The clearest evidence of this in the case of baptism is that, in the New
Testament, the candidate never baptizes himself, but always submits to being baptized by
another. In his baptism, he is a passive recipient of something that is done to him. The
Articles are quite clear about this. For instance, Articles twenty-five, twenty-seven and
twenty-eight all begin with the statement that a sacrament is a sign not of what we do or are,
but of what God has done, or does.”
– John Stott, The Evangelical Doctrine of Baptism

 

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