Preparing for Worship // November 5, 2017

Preparing for Worship // November 5, 2017

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The book Same Kind of Different as Me tells the story of Ron Hall, a wealthy art dealer whose life is turned upside down by his friendship with Denver Moore, a poor homeless man. Ron’s redemption and transformation from unloving and selfish to caring and generous comes about as a result of two relationships in his life. The first is his relationship with Denver, a man who on the surface could not have been more different than Ron. The second is Ron’s relationship with his wife, Deborah. About halfway through the book, Ron has an affair, and his wife finds out about it. Rather than leave him and file for divorce, Deborah decides to stay with Ron. She is faithful even in his faithlessness. Through her decision to stay, Ron’s heart begins to change as he understands not only his wife’s love for him but also God’s love for him.

The Bible regularly uses the imagery of adultery to describe our relationship with God. Anytime we set our hearts on something other than God, we’re committing spiritual adultery. Anytime we desire something more than God, we’re committing spiritual adultery. Anytime we put something other than God on the throne of our hearts, we’re committing spiritual adultery. In other words, all sin is ultimately spiritual adultery because we are running to something other than God to fill the role that only God can and should fill.

But here’s the amazing thing. God continues to pursue us despite this. Hosea 2:14-15 reads, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her… And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.” Following Israel’s adultery and rebellion, God promises that He will once again pursue His unfaithful bride. This passage uses incredibly tender and intimate language to describe God’s actions toward His people; “allure her” and “speak tenderly” both paint the picture of a husband speaking sweet and loving words to His wife. And all this after His wife has cheated on Him and broken His heart.

Do you realize that you are an adulteress? Do you realize that God’s continued love and faithfulness towards you are completely the result of His grace and love and have nothing to do with your actions? Your actions leave you deserving divorce and wrath. This Sunday, praise God for His faithfulness to you. You have a bridegroom in Jesus who has remained faithful to you despite your regular adultery and unfaithfulness. Come and praise the God who has seen your worst and still loves you.

THE WORD

Scripture: Zechariah 7:1-8:23
Sermon: Faithful to the Faithless

SONGS

What a Friend We Have In Jesus (Traditional)
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We Will Feast In The House Of Zion  (Sandra McCracken)
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Thy Mercy (Sandra McCracken)
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Kindness (Chris Tomlin)
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Song of Preparation: I Will Offer Up My Life (Matt Redman)
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Song of Response: Great is Thy Faithfulness (Traditional)
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