Preparing for Worship // January 7, 2018

Preparing for Worship // January 7, 2018

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Recently I realized that I have lost my ability to trust movie and TV show characters. I’ve seen one too many show where the character you trust the most turns out to be a traitor and a villain, and now when I watch movies I just assume that everyone’s a traitor. Even if (especially if) the character has done nothing to make them seem like a traitor, I automatically assume that they will eventually backstab their friends and sell their soul to the bad guys.

Sadly, I think that sometimes we have a similar attitude in our Christian faith. Even though we know that God loves us, even though He has given us every reason to believe that He will take care of us, we are still tempted to believe that when it matters most, God will leave us high and dry. This is nothing new. When the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, they saw the difficulty of what lay ahead and immediately doubted God’s protection and provision. Even though God had delivered them out of Egypt, brought them safely across the Red Sea, and provided for them in the wilderness, they still had no trust that God would do what He promised.

Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” God has already given us the most precious and costly thing that He could offer: His own Son. Imagine for a minute that you have a wealthy grandparent who promises to leave you their whole estate, but you doubt whether they will actually follow through on their promise. How would those doubts change if, prior to their death, they gave you their most valuable possession, a pearl necklace? Would you still doubt their commitment to give you everything else? Of course not. Neither should we doubt God’s commitment to provide for us what He has promised. He has already given us His Son on the cross, so we have no reason to doubt His love for us?

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:1-46
Sermon: Trust God to Extend His Kingdom Through You

SONGS

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Traditional)
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Mighty to Save (Hillsong United)
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Whom Shall I Fear (Chris Tomlin)
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (Jeremy Casella)
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Song of Preparation: Praise My Soul the King of Heaven (Indelible Grace)
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Song of Response: Trust and Obey (Traditional)
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