Preparing for Worship // February 11, 2018

Preparing for Worship // February 11, 2018

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“A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He only sees one thing he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up in one thing; and that one thing is to please God.

Whether he lives, or whether he dies,—whether he has health, or whether he has sickness,—whether he is rich, or whether he is poor,—whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offence,—whether he is thought wise, or whether he is thought foolish,—whether he gets blame, or whether he gets praise,—whether he gets honour, or whether he gets shame,—for all this the zealous man cares nothing at all.

He burns for one thing; and that one thing is to please God, and to advance God’s glory. If he is consumed in the very burning, he cares not for it,—he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he is made to burn; and if consumed in burning, he has but done the work for which God appointed him.”

–J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers, and Privileges of Professing Christians (London: Charles Murray, 1900).

What stands between you and this type of zeal for the Lord? Is it your work, your comfort, your spouse, your family? Jesus, in Matthew 5:29-30, commands us to take drastic measures to remove anything from our lives that stands between us and passionate obedience to God. Keeping in mind that cutting certain things out of your life would be sin (e.g., kids, your spouse), are there drastic measures that you need to take to make God the single all-consuming passion of your life?

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20
Sermon: Wholly to the Lord

SONGS

Holy Is the Lord (Chris Tomlin)
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Not Be Shaken  (Norm Strauss)
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O Church Arise  (Keith Getty)
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Jesus Calls Us  (Shane Martin)
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Song of Preparation: I’d Rather Have You (Tommee Profitt)
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Song of Response: Who is On the Lord’s Side? (Shane Martin)
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