Monthly Archives: December 2014

Preparing for Worship – January 4, 2015

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This week, we continue our series In Him by studying Ephesians 4:1-6

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

For three chapters, we have seen who we are in Christ. We have seen the many blessings of being brought into God’s family. Now, Paul reminds us that because we are in God’s family, we should live lives that reflect that reality. It is compelling that the first exhortation that Paul gives is for us to live in unity with one another. Because we have been brought into the family, we should be eager to preserve unity with one another.

 

Preparing to sing together

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

One God (Listen | Purchase)

Praise To The Lord (Listen | Purchase)

Jude Doxology (Listen | Purchase)

I Stand Amazed (Listen | Purchase)

Rock of Ages (Listen | Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – December 28, 2014

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This week, we re-start our series In Him by studying Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

What an amazing prayer that Paul prays for the Ephesian church! Oh, that we would all comprehend and know the love of Christ! Oh, that we would all be filled with all the fullness of God!

 

Preparing to sing together

To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Rejoice (Listen | Purchase)

Here Is Love (Listen | Purchase) 

The Lord’s Prayer

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (Listen | Purchase)

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – December 21, 2014

He Came (To Ransom)

HE CAME TO RANSOM

This week, we continue He Came, our Advent sermon series. On Sunday we will see that Jesus came to Ransom. We will be studying from Mark 10:35-45. The culmination of this passage is found in verse 45:

45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

A ransom is the price paid to redeem someone from bondage or captivity (cue Hollywood movie trailer here…). In this case, we have been purchased by the blood of Christ. We couldn’t free ourselves from this captivity – it is only through his perfect sinless life and his shed blood on the cross that we have been purchased from slavery.

Psalm 49 says:

Truly no man can ransom another,
    or give to God the price of his life,
8 for the ransom of their life is costly
    and can never suffice,

15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
    for he will receive me.

Praise be to Jesus for paying the price for you and me!

 

PREPARING TO SING TOGETHER

Join us this week as we continue to sing songs of praise to Jesus for coming to earth to save us. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

O Come O Come Emmanuel (Listen | Purchase)

A Day of Glory (Listen | Purchase)

O Come All Ye Faithful (Listen | Purchase)

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Listen | Purchase)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

 

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – December 14, 2014

He Came (To Redeem)

HE CAME TO REDEEM

This week, we continue He Came, our Advent sermon series. This week, we will see that Jesus came to Redeem. We will be studying from Galatians 4:1-7. His redemption is described in verses 4-5:

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Redemption can be described as the act of being purchased – in this case, we were purchased out of slavery. The verses before this describe our lives as one of slavery to sin and death. But in verses 4-5 we see that Christ became flesh in order to purchase us from slavery and make it possible for us to be adopted into God’s family.

Does this remind you of some of the verses we studied in Ephesians a few months ago? Take a look at Ephesians 1:7-10

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Praise be to God for sending His son to purchase us from slavery!

PREPARING TO SING TOGETHER

Join us this week as we continue to sing songs of praise to Jesus for coming to earth to save us. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

Joy To The World (Listen | Purchase)

What Child Is This (Listen)

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Hallelujah What A Savior (Listen | Purchase)

O Come O Come Emmanuel (Listen | Purchase)

In Tenderness (Listen | Purchase)

 

See you on Sunday.

Preparing For Worship – December 7, 2014

He Came (Humbly)

 

 

HE CAME HUMBLY

This week, we continue He Came, our Advent sermon series. This week, we will see that Jesus came Humbly. We will be studying from Philippians 2. We see his humility on display particularly in vv. 6-11:

Christ Jesus, who, 6 though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What a beautiful picture of Jesus. That he humbled himself by “becoming flesh” (John 1:14), and then humbling himself by obediently going to the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and mine.

PREPARING TO SING TOGETHER

This week we will sing songs that point to Jesus humility – particularly through his birth. To prepare to sing together, check out these helpful links:

God Undefeatable (Listen | Purchase) – “To waken us to life You came”

O Come O Come Emmanuel (Listen | Purchase) – “Emmanuel has come to thee”

A Day of Glory (Listen | Purchase) – “In flesh his entrance humble, the Prince of Peace now known”

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Listen | Purchase) – “Born to set thy people free”

O Holy Night“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth”

Jesus! (Listen | Purchase) – “The King of all creation set aside His crown, a servant to the Father’s love, descended from His throne above”

 

See you on Sunday.