Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

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It’s that time of year. If you have to ask “What time of year?” you probably haven’t turned on the radio, walked into a store, or listened to the songs we are singing this week yet. Christmas is almost here!! We are counting down the days and weeks until Jesus’ birthday! I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m excited! This time of year, Christians around the world are waiting with bated breath to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We all act a little differently because we know Christmas is coming. I spend a little less money on myself and try to think of good gifts for others. You may have already set up a Christmas tree and lights around your house. Many people collect toys and gifts for those less fortunate or spend time volunteering. Our behavior is different because we know that a great day is coming soon. 

We have made it to “Perseverance” on the Golden Chain of Salvation. God keeps His people safe and secure. Through the process of sanctification, Christians do not need to worry about ever losing their salvation. That’s great news! We are assured of eternal life in heaven! This should affect our lives right now. Just like we change our behavior when we know Christmas is coming, knowing that heaven is coming should change our behavior even more. We celebrate Christmas because it means that Christ came to earth to offer us eternal life in Him. As you look forward to Christmas, don’t neglect looking forward to heaven as well. Let your actions flow from the knowledge that you will spend eternity with God. 

Also, here’s another invitation to come to Lessons and Carols! And invite your friends! I had not been coming to Uptown very long when someone invited me on the morning of Lessons and Carols last year. I came on a whim and before you know it, now I’m a pastoral intern. I’m a personal testimony that Lessons and Carols can change lives, and it’ll be a lot of fun! 

THE WORD

Scripture: John 10:27-29
Sermon: Perseverance: Live For Eternity Now

SONGS

Song of Ascent: Hear Now You House of David (Ordinary Time)
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O Come O Come Emmanuel
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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (David Crowder)
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Jesus Lives and So Shall I  (Nathan Partain)
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Song of Preparation: You Hold Me Now (Hillsong United)
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Song of Response: The Sands of Time Are Sinking (arr. Indelible Grace)
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