Preparing for Worship // April 09, 2017

Preparing for Worship // April 09, 2017

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In my Life Group this week, Wade Savant led us through Psalm 110. This Psalm, written by King David, looks forward to Jesus the Messiah (whom the passage refers to as “my Lord”) and depicts a side of Jesus that we’re not used to thinking about. The side of Jesus that our culture like to emphasize is his gentleness. And this is legitimate; Jesus is gentle. Throughout the Gospels, we see Him compassionately caring for the weak and needy, for “sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36), as a gentle fatherly figure. But Psalm 110 depicts Jesus as a warrior, even setting a scene reminiscent of an action movie. Think William Wallace in Braveheart or Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. We see him battling his enemies, slaughtering the wicked, and conquering kingdoms. Jesus is at war.

And notice in verse 5 that Jesus does not go out to war alone; He is fighting alongside us. As we go out to battle in the Christian life, we have the ultimate warrior alongside us in the fight. We never go out on the battlefield alone. As we do the work of advancing the kingdom, as we use our gifts for the good of the church, as we share the gospel with our neighbor, we are not alone. Christ is with us. He equips us (Ephesians 6:13-17), strengthens us, and ultimately wins the battle for us. The Kingdom will advance (Matthew 16:18), because Jesus is in the battle,

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 10:1-42
Sermon: Read to Fight?

SONGS

All Glory, Laud and Honor (Redeemer Knoxville)
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O Church Arise  (Keith Getty)
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Lead On O King Eternal (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation: Song of Moses (Aaron Keyes)
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Song for the Supper: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing  (Wen Reagan)
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Song of Response: Who is On the Lord’s Side? (Shane Martin)
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