When we endure trials, difficulties, or others' sin against us, it is easy to focus solely on how we have been wronged. The conclusion to Genesis shows us that rather than focusing on how we have been wronged, we should look to God who has always had a plan for what is going on. As you reflect on God's good, sovereign hand this week, meditate on his grace in creating a good plan for your life. Dwell on the security you can have knowing that God is in control. Review your own attitude towards any difficulties in your life to see if it matches the response modeled for us by Joseph to his brothers.
Listen to "But God Meant it for Good"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday marks the beginning of a new series: Living by the Book. We will be taking a look at what the Bible says about living in this world, starting with our worldview. As you prepare for this Sunday, take some time to think on these questions:
- What is the biggest influence in my decision making?
- What are the most prominent relationships that God has given me in my stage of life?
- What does it look like to follow Jesus and make disciples in those relationships?
- What does the Bible have to say regarding how I live my life?
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 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.
This is the first time we will be singing "Cling to Christ." Take some time to listen to it before we sing so you are familiar with the tune and meditate on the words to prepare your heart for worship.