Our time last Sunday directed our attention to blessing. Jacob's blessing to Judah and Joseph remind us that God's blessing comes to those who repent of their sins and endure in faith. This blessing ultimately comes through Jesus Christ, the true lion of Judah who reigns forever. Take some time this week to reflect on sin in your life that calls for repentance. Like Judah, repent of your sin and share in blessing. As you struggle through difficult times, place your faith in God as you seek to endure.
Listen to "Blessing Through the Coming King."
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday we will hear from pastoral resident Michael Dietzel from 2 Timothy 4:1-2. The book of 2 Timothy is Paul's last recorded letter. As Paul nears the end of his life, he writes to Timothy, a young pastor, and gives him his final words of encouragement and exhortation. In order to get the context for this Sunday's text, take some time to read 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8 and meditate on the following questions:
- Why was Paul so concerned about teaching and the Word?
- Why does Paul say in 4:1 that this charge is in the presence of God and Christ Jesus?
- What is the difference between reproof and rebuke in 4:2?
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 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.
"All Glory Be to Christ" is a new song to Redemption Hill, though the tune should be familiar as it is set to "Auld Lang Syne" with rewritten words. This song would be especially profitable to listen to before we sing it corporately.