Preparing for Worship // June 12, 2016

Preparing for Worship // June 12, 2016

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One of the great themes of Scripture is the idea of deliverance. The two most obvious examples of this are the Exodus from Egypt and Judah’s return to Canaan after the Babylonian Captivity, but these are just the most prominent examples. This theme is also found throughout the book of Judges, in multiple Psalms, and throughout the New Testament. In addition to being one of the most prominent metaphors in Scripture, it is also one of the most powerful. Although it can be difficult as modern-day Americans to resonate with the reality of captivity (after all, we’re one of the most powerful and prosperous nations in the history of the world), the reality is that we see and experience slavery every day. In Romans, Paul tells us that anyone who is not in Christ is a slave to sin (Romans 6:18-20). This means that every single one of us was once a slave to our sinful desires. But the beauty of the gospel is that if you are trusting in Christ for your salvation, then you are no longer a slave to that sin. Therefore, when we talk about deliverance in the Christian life, we are primarily talking about God freeing us from the consequences of our past sin and from the power of sin in our lives. God does not primarily free us from physical difficulties (although He sometimes does this); instead, the true deliverance that God gives us is deliverance from the enemies of sin and death.

Therefore, as we look to the deliverance that Christ bought on the cross, we can echo the words of our passage from this week in saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!” God has done great things on our behalf, so as we gather together this Sunday morning, let us join our voices together and praise Him for it!

THE WORD

Scripture: Revelation 15
Sermon: The Final Exodus

SONGS

Come Thou Almighty King (Traditional)
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Hail To the Lord’s Anointed (Sandra McCracken)
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Jeremy Casella)
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Jesus I Am Resting, Resting (Shelly Moore)
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Song of Preparation: Give to the Wind (Nathan Partain)
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Song of Response: Sing to the King (Billy Foote)
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