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Reflect & Prepare (4/18/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we considered the love of God from Hosea 3. When we are faithless, God is faithful. Though our sin is great, God's love is greater. He desires to restore us and even though this comes through painful discipline, he does it for our good and holiness.

As we approach Easter, remember God's love shown in redemption. There is no greater expression of love than someone laying down his life for his friends, which is exactly what Jesus came to do. Spend some time this week reflecting on the incredible love of God.

Listen to God's Unexpected Love

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we have two opportunities to gather together and consider the events of Easter. We would love to have you join us at 7 PM on Friday to rehearse the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross.

Then, during our Sunday morning service we will be celebrating the resurrection. To prepare for the service, take some time to read the following passages regarding Christ's death and resurrection:

  • Isaiah 53
  • Matthew 26-28
  • Mark 14-16
  • Luke 22-24
  • John 18-20

Pray that we would hear the familiar truths of the gospel in a fresh way and that our hearts would be encouraged and filled up as we consider the glorious event and implications of the resurrection.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Order of Worship

Reflect & Prepare (4/10/19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we focused on the sufficiency of Christ. Christ is sufficient to change our hearts, forgive our sins, and conquer our enemies. As Christians, this is fantastic news! As you go through this week, remember that Christ is enough. Use this truth to focus your heart in difficult circumstances, in temptation, and in everything you do.

Listen to All Sufficient Savior

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will hear the next installment in our series in Hosea. Chapter 3 is the final installment in the narrative of the book, and showcases the faithful love of God in contrast to the passing fancies of sinners. As you prepare for this Sunday, read Hosea 3 and think about the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the Israelites loving cakes of raisins?
  • Why did Hosea have to buy back his wife?
  • Based on this passage, how would you define God's love?
  • What is meant by the phrase "in the latter days"?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Order of Worship

Reflect & Prepare (4/4/19)

IN REFLECTION

It was incredibly encouraging witnessing eight people get baptized on Sunday. Their testimonies pointed to God's saving power that has been at work in their lives. The differing circumstances and ages reflected the fact that God works in his way and at his time. As we reflect on what we witnessed on Sunday, we should be encouraged by what God is doing in the lives of his children and challenged to come alongside those who were baptized to help them grow in their faith.

Though the audio from Sunday's service is not posted on the website, if you missed the service you can listen to it here.

PREPARING TO HEAR

We will return to Colossians this Sunday and JD will cover 2:11-15. From the previous verses, we saw that Christ is sufficient for all our needs. These verses tell us how. We will see a big view of Jesus and the work he did for us on the cross. To prepare for this Sunday's message, read the above passage and think about the following questions:

  • What is the connection between circumcision and baptism in verses 11-12?
  • What metaphors are used for salvation in this passage?
  • What does it mean that Jesus disarmed and triumphed over the rulers and authorities (vs. 15)?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he leads the service, and for all those being baptized. Pray those sharing their testimony of salvation would not be nervous and would give glory to God as they share of his work. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work in the hearts of all who hear and that he would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.

PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE

This Sunday we also have the privilege to participate in the Lord's Supper. Take some time this week to think of Jesus' death in light of his incarnation. Jesus came as a baby to live and die for sinners. At the Lord's Supper we remember his sacrifice and rejoice in his love for us. Prepare yourself to partake of the elements with a right mindset and in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.

Order of Worship

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