This Sunday we were reminded from Hebrews 12:1-2 that running the race of obedient faith is difficult, but worth it. While God calls us to faithfully obey and run with endurance, he does not leave us without motivation or help. As we run, we must look to Jesus, both for the example of the one who has run with joy, and for the ability he has given believers to run by making them alive and saving them from their sins.
Listen to "Run Well and Finish Well"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday JD will continue our series in Genesis by looking at chapter 48. This chapter is the first of two chronicling Jacob's blessings to his offspring and gives us another example of God's mysterious sovereignty. Please take some time this week to read Genesis 48 and consider the following questions:
- What is significant about Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh instead of Joseph?
- Which of God's covenant promises does Jacob reference most prominently in his blessing? (See 48:4, 16, and 19).
- Why does Jacob give Ephraim, the younger brother, the blessing of the firstborn over Manasseh, the older brother?
- How does this story add to our understanding of God's sovereignty?
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 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 through the ministry of 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