Preparing for Worship // April 17, 2016

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When we have something that we are excited about or passionate about we want to share it. We all have hobbies that we get enthused about wether it’s cooking or sports or fishing. When we talk about the things we are passionate about like a hobby it seems easy because it doesn’t have universal implications like sharing the gospel does. When we share the gospel it’s something that we are declaring as truth and in our time that is highly offensive. Therefore we are more than likely going to offend people when we are telling others about sin, judgment and salvation. This terrifies us. Almost all of us want to be liked by people and we want to be accepted by others. Sharing the gospel flies in the face of these desires. 

Therefore we need to understand two things about telling others the good news of Jesus Christ. The first has to do with our own heart. When we hesitate to tell others about Jesus, which I am the first to confess this, we are more concerned about our own well being instead of others. It’s a love of self over a love of others. This gives us something to confess to God, to repent of. Secondly, on an encouraging note, we need to realize that our evangelistic efforts are not going to be successful bexcuse of our own effort, but through what God does. Therefore we need to pray that God would give us hearts for others to come to the Lord and we need to pray that God would give others the hearts that would be receptive to his Son. We can fall into a fear of evangelism because we often think it’s all up to us, but we see in God’s word that he is the one who sovereignty acts in our own hearts and in the hears of those who don’t know him. Come to worship on Sunday knowing that this is the God we worship, a God who is merciful, gracious and loving to sinners. 

THE WORD

Scripture: Revelation 10:1-11
Sermon: Before the Final Trumpet – Remember and Respond

SONGS

Hear the Call of the Kingdom (Getty Music)
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Mighty to Save (arr. Hillsong)
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Jesus With Thy Church Abide  (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Preparation:Lo He Comes  (arr. Indelible Grace)
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Song for the Supper:
At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing  (arr. Wen Reagan)
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Song of Response:Lead On O King Eternal  (Indelible Grace)
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