Preparing for Worship // January 14, 2018

Preparing for Worship // January 14, 2018

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Among the many horrors of war, there is one that stands out above the rest: friendly fire. What makes friendly fire so horrible and sad is that the very person who is supposed to have your back and fight alongside you becomes your demise. One of the worst instances of friendly fire came in Iraq just following the First Gulf War. On April 14, 1994, two US Army Blackhawk helicopters entered a no-fly zone headed for the US military base. At the same time, two US Air Force F-15’s were patrolling the no-fly zone and intercepted the Army helicopters. Due to a failure in the helicopters’ Identification Friend or Foe systems, the F-15’s mistook the Blackhawks as enemy helicopters, shot them down, and killed all 26 passengers.

This can happen in the body of Christ as well. We are in the middle of a war, and when you’re fighting a war, there will inevitably be times when shots need to be fired. The problem comes when we forget who the real enemy is. We attack other believers because they have different views about predestination, baptism, or the right method for evangelism. While there is certainly a place for these discussions (personally, I enjoy debating theological minutiae more than most), we should never do so in a way that attacks or denigrates our brothers and sisters in Christ who hold different views. If someone believes God’s word and is leaning on Christ’s death for their salvation, then we are ultimately on the same side.

As we gather for worship this Sunday, we do not gather primarily as members of Uptown Church or as members of the PCA, or even as evangelicals. We gather as members of the body of Christ, a body that spans generations, nations, and even denominations.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29
Sermon: Follow Christ to Triumph

SONGS

Lead On O King Eternal (Indelible Grace)
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Lion of Judah (Robin Mark)
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Hear the Call of the Kingdom (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
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You Said (Shane Barnard)
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Song of Preparation: I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Response: Let Your Kingdom Come (Bob Kauflin)
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