Preparing for Worship // August 12, 2018

Preparing for Worship // August 12, 2018

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The best days of school were movie days. On these special occasions, the teacher would surprise us and put away their whiteboard marker, roll out the television set on wheels, and put in a History Channel documentary about whatever subject we were talking about. There would be illustrations of battles, performances of memorable events, and the most peculiar of subject experts. Even as a middle school student I wondered where they found specialists in such random fields. I remember seeing things like “17th century knife expert,” “UFO specialist,” and “Troll Chaser.” I still do not know where to go for Troll Studies, much less where to get paid as a troll specialist, but sign me up!

These shows called in experts because the audience is not expected to know all the necessary background information. The experts study a subject to a level of mastery so that they can explain it at a basic level to the rest of the world. It is the same reason lawyers bring in expert witnesses. The jury is not expected to have the kind of special knowledge about a subject in order to make an informed decision for the trial. If the expert witness were to sit down and read a doctoral dissertation about their in depth research, the audience would be bored and not understand. The essential quality of a good and helpful teacher is that they can simplify complex material in order to make it understandable to the student.

Christians have a personal relationship with an expert Savior. Jesus is an expert at saving because that is a part of his character. The closer someone grows with God, the more they realize how fallen they were to begin with and how far God went to save them. There is a very quick devotional exercise to remember just how good of a savior God is: take a moment to think about just how good we are at sinning, then remind yourself that Jesus is better at saving than we are at sinning! We often consciously or subconsciously believe that we are better saviors than Jesus is. The truth is that we are too focused on being expert sinners to know anything about how to save ourselves. Jerry Bridges reminds us, “Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the lamb.” We are so good at sinning that even our moments of godliness need Jesus’ intercession. Jesus is better at saving than we are at sinning! Jesus is our supreme help in all things, so let us turn to Jesus for His help in all things.

THE WORD

Scripture: Colossians 1:15-23
Sermon: Our Supreme Help

SONGS

O God Our Help In Ages Past  (Cardiphonia)
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Indescribable (Chris Tomlin)
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Christ is Enough  (Hillsong)
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Our God (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Preparation: Jesus (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Response: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Stephen Miller)
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