Preparing for Worship // April 24, 2016

Preparing for Worship // April 24, 2016

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For most of the people, if not everyone, reading this blog you has lived through the middle school and high school years of your lives. When you come across those photos of your time in school it is laughable to see the style that was in vogue for that time. Wether it was the 70s, 80s or 90s all of those styles have now become outdated. It is funny to think about how we may look back on the second decade of the 2000s and laugh at what we are in to now. You may even remember all that you did so that you could fit in during those days. Embarrassingly enough, I remember wanting to get clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch because thats what everyone was wearing. For Christmas one year I got a T-Shirt that was actually two T-Shirts sown together from A&F. Now thinking back on it it looks so stupid, but I was sure that that item of clothing would finally get me the acceptance I needed. 

When we think back to style we can laugh or even regret some of the stylistic decisions we made. We realize how meaningless all of our efforts were in trying to fit in. When we consider evangelism and our witness to an unbelieving world we can be controlled by our desire to fit in or our fear of rejection. However, we will always regret the relationships where we never spoke into their life. But we will never look back on someone coming to Christ and wish we hadn’t spoken to them about the gospel. Unlike the fleeting fashions that change each year and have no lasting significance the gospel offers eternal life for all those who place their faith in Christ. This is what we have to offer a world which is constantly changing and has no solid ground to stand on, the Lord Jesus Christ who never changes. 

THE WORD

Scripture: Revelation 11:1-19
Sermon: The Faithful Church Triumphs

SONGS

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (arr. Traditional)
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Who is On the Lord’s Side? (arr. Shane Martin)
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You Never Let Go (Matt Redman)
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Song of Preparation: Our God (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Response: The Church’s One Foundation (arr. Indelible Grace)
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