Preparing for Worship // August 13, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 13, 2017

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“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) But what about your enemies? If dying for your friends is the pinnacle of love, what about dying for your enemies? The Bible makes it clear that we are born into a state of being at war with God (Romans 5:10). Anyone who denies Jesus is an enemy of God and a liar (1 John 2:22). Every sin is an act of war against God. Gossiping about the other moms (or dads) in the church, lusting after the woman jogging down the sidewalk, the hateful word that you said (perhaps only in your head) to your spouse, child, parent, or boss, all of these are acts of war against the God who created you and loves you.As you prepare for worship this Sunday, spend some time thinking about the things that make you an enemy of God. Where have you broken His law? How have you spat in His face? Without forgetting the good news (this same God that you declare war

As you prepare for worship this Sunday, spend some time thinking about the things that make you an enemy of God. Where have you broken His law? How have you spat in His face? Without forgetting the good news (this same God that you declare war on every day has died in order to restore the broken relationship), I want you to remember the bad news first. Remember what you deserve. Enemies deserve to be destroyed, to be wiped out. Don’t minimize the heinousness of the bad things you do. Because of your sin, your rebellion against God, you deserve God’s judgment. So take some time to remember what God has saved you from.

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 26:57-27:66
Sermon: Because the Sinless Savior Died…

SONGS

Let Your Kingdom Come (Bob Kauflin)
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Cornerstone (Hillsong)
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The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin)
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Before the Throne of God Above (Sovereign Grace Worship)
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Song of Preparation: Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Response: How Deep the Father’s Love For Us
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