Preparing for Worship // January 13, 2019

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Think for a moment through your personal testimony. How did you come to know Christ? No two testimonies are exactly the same. Even if you were to ask two siblings raised in Uptown’s youth ministry – with the same home, same parents, same school, same community, same teachers – they would have different stories of how they came to be in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God beautifully and creatively draws people to Himself in very different ways so that He might receive all the glory. But even with all this individuality, every testimony has a few common components.

Romans 10:12-15 lays out a basic formula for every Christian conversion. Someone is sent, they preach the Gospel, the recipient hears and believes. In your own personal testimony, who was that person God used to tell you about Christ? It could be multiple people. I went to church every Sunday and Wednesday growing up and heard the Gospel preached every week and it still took years for me to accept and believe it. God loves His people so much that He sends believers out into the world to point the lost back to Christ. Your friend or family member or campus minister loves you so much they took a bit of courage to explain the Gospel and encourage you to come to Christ. Part of Uptown’s Vision is to be a loving witness in Charlotte, across the US, and around the world. We have seen Jesus do amazing things in our own lives and want Him to transform the lives of those around us. 2019 could be a year for “New Year, New You” but it could also be a year for your non-believing friends to say, “New Year, I’m a New Creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). It’s not as catchy of a phrase, but it is much more glorious. Paul asks the church in Rome, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” Uptown’s Vision is to send out preachers, and that’s not just the staff and the session – that includes you.

THE WORD

Scripture: Romans 10:12-15
Sermon: Uptown’s Vision: Loving Witness

SONGS

Raise Up the Crown  (arr. Chris Tomlin)
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Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling (tune: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus)
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Jesus Calls Us  (Shane Martin)
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Song of Preparation: You Said (Shane Barnard)
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Song of Response: I Love to Tell The Story (Traditional)
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