Preparing for Worship // August 07, 2016

Preparing for Worship // August 07, 2016

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We all want to be part of a community. Even more so, we all want to be a part of a community that is centered on something greater than ourselves. I think that this is one of the reasons that people are drawn to sports. I’m not from Charlotte, and prior to this year, I didn’t follow the Panthers. But it was really fun to be in Charlotte this past fall as they made their run towards the Super Bowl. Everyone was talking about it, and if you wanted to strike up a conversation with anyone, all you had to do was mention the Panthers. There was an instant camaraderie that developed as the city rallied around their team.

The kind of community that we seek in sports fandom is only truly found in the body of Christ. As believers, we are part of something bigger than ourselves. And it’s not just that being part of the Christian community means being part of something bigger than ourselves, it’s also the community that we were created to be a part of. We were created to be in community, but we were specifically created to be in a community that is centered on Christ. This is one of the many reasons that the church is so important. At Uptown church we seek to be a community of people who love each other and enjoy being together, but even more importantly, we seek to be a community of people whose relationships center on Christ. Christ’s death paved the way for us to share in deeper relationships than ever before, and this depth of relationship really grows as we talk about our faith with one another. As we gather for worship, let us not sett for shallow relationships that never go past talking about sports and the weather. Let us pursue deeper relationships that challenge and sanctify us.

THE WORD

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
Sermon: Uptown Church’s Vision: Transforming Community

SONGS

Come Christians Join to Sing (Traditional)
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Brethren We Have Met To Worship (Traditional)
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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds (Shane Martin)
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By Our Love (Christy Nockels)
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Song of Preparation: Fellowship So Deep (Caedmon’s Call)
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Song of Response: The Church’s One Foundation (Indelible Grace)
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