Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

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Our society works best when people delegate. It would be a mess if every household had to grow all their own food, design and make all their own clothes, be their own government and police force, and practice their own medicine. Back in 380BC, Plato saw this. In his Republic, he describes an ideal society is one where everyone does the job in which they are best at. I am very grateful that we have skilled farmers to grow food, skilled teachers to impart knowledge, and skilled electricians to keep the lights on.

But sometimes we try to do jobs for ourselves. WebMD has made it really easy to diagnose myself with a terrible rare disease when I have a cold. YouTube and Skillshare will teach you just about any new skill you’d like to learn. Even with all of these training tutorials and resources, there are some jobs that not everyone can do. No matter how hard I try, I will never be an offensive lineman for the Panthers. Even if it was my greatest desire and I trained day and night for a decade, I do not meet the job requirements. I will have to live with the knowledge that I will never suit up with Cam or McCaffrey, and let others do the job of blocking for them.

We are fine with giving up a lot of these roles. I’m sure none of you were really hoping that I would be the next free agent acquisition for the Panthers. The one job we often do not want to surrender is the job we are least qualified for. A few weeks ago, we talked about Jesus being our great high priest. He is interceding right now at the throne of God the Father on our behalf. But sometimes in our beliefs, and very often in our practices, we behave as if we do not need an intercessor. We want direct access to God the Father, but because of our sin this access would actually do us more harm than good. So we try to earn a good standing with God by working hard, giving to the church, and doing good deeds. But these things will never be enough. We need a priest. We need Jesus’ intercession. We need Jesus! He is the only one who can ever fill this office. We will never meet the job requirements of personal priest, but Jesus perfectly fulfills this role and freely offers to be your Great High Priest.

THE WORD

Scripture: Hebrews 7:1-28
Sermon: Draw Near To Your High Priest

SONGS

Arise My Soul, Arise (Indelible Grace)
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I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Tune: Jesus Shall Reign) (Matt Grimsley)
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Psalm 110 (R.V. Williams)
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Song of Preparation: High Priest (Rivers & Robots)
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Song for the Supper: I Thirst Thou Wounded Lamb of God (Bethany Brooks)
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Song of Response: Before the Throne of God Above (Sovereign Grace Worship)
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