Preparing for Worship // November 27, 2016

Preparing for Worship // November 27, 2016

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Our lives are marked by uncertainty. Whatever we may do to try to control our lives, we don’t really know what the next day (or the next moment) may bring. As Ben Franklin phrased it, “Nothing in this life can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Because we live our lives surrounded by uncertainty, it makes it all the more difficult for us to believe God when He promises to work all things for our good. If we cannot know how the next minutes or day will play out, how can we know that our eternal destiny is secure? Fortunately, Scripture does not expect us to accept this on mere faith; God gives us a reason to have confidence that He will work all things for our good.

There is a certain trust and confidence that underlies my relationships with my family. I naturally assume that they are going to act honestly with me and for my benefit. Is this based on blind faith? Of course not; it’s based on years of experience in which I have seen my parents and my wife act lovingly towards me. We have a similar, but even greater, confidence that God will work all things for our good. In our passage this week, Paul tells us that God will in fact work all things for our good, and he does so on the basis of what God has already done. Jesus has paid the ultimate price, dying for our sins. If God is willing to go this far to save us, why would He stop now? God, who has shown His love for us by sending His Son, will bring His saving work to completion by working all things for our good. Do not lose heart in the midst of life’s difficulties, for “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  Life is full of trials: caring for an aging parent, loving a wayward child, conflict with co-worker. In all these things, God is working for our ultimate and final good, and none of them can separate us from God’s love.

THE WORD

Scripture: Romans 8:28-39
Sermon: How We Know We Win

SONGS

Song of Ascent: Zion (Ordinary Time)
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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Red Mountain Music)
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Once in Royal David’s City  (Traditional)
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Song of Preparation: Holy Spirit (Bryan and Katie Torwalt)
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Song of Response: O Love Incomprehensible (Indelible Grace)
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