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Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

In Exodus 5:1-6:8 we saw that although faith and obedience do lead to blessing, sometimes things get worse before they get better. However, even in moments of crisis we can find confidence and comfort by looking to God and remembering who he is. In his revelation of his name - his character, promise, purpose, power - we find the strength needed to persevere in faith and renew our resolve to obey.

Listen to "Beholding God in Times of Crisis"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be drawn from Exodus 6:9-7:7. Take a few minutes this week to prepare for Sunday by reading this text and considering:

  • As God prepares to rescue his people, what is their emotional state? What about Pharaoh? Moses?
  • Why would the story be seemingly interrupted by a genealogy at this point?
  • What is God's purpose in his guiding of history and hearts?

Let's pray for the word to go forth with power, and for God's glory to be seen and known. Let's pray our hearts would be hungry for and responsive to God's truth, and that our faith would be strengthened.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we plan to sing on Sunday. Use this list to become familiar with any songs that may be new to you so that you can participate with us.

Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we had the privilege of hearing Brian Warne walk through Psalm 16 and call us to joyful hope in God. He is our refuge, our treasure, and in the resurrection of Christ we find the ultimate resource to face any trial, even death. Let's meditate on these truths this week and seek to live in light of them for God's glory.

Listen to "Rejoicing in Times of Trial"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will return our study through Exodus. Read chapter 5 through 6:8 and consider:

  • Does obedience to God always bring immediate blessing?
  • In what ways had God prepared Moses for what would happen when he spoke to Pharaoh?
  • What repeated phrases stand out in God's speech of reassurance to Moses?

Let's pray for the word to go forth with power, and for God's glory to be seen and known. Let's pray our hearts would be hungry for and responsive to God's truth, and that our faith would be strengthened.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we plan to sing on Sunday. Use this list to become familiar with any songs that may be new to you so that you can participate with us.

Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we observed in Exodus 4:18-31 three different attitudes towards God's promises: resistance, neglect, and worship. As those who have been brought out of slavery, marked with the blood of Christ, and granted the status of being God's children, our heart ought to overflow with wonder and gratitude for his redeeming grace.

Listen to "Israel, My Son"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will be hearing from pastor Brian Warne, missionary to Sinaloa, Mexico. He will be preaching Psalm 16. Here are some questions to get you thinking about the passage:

  • What kind of experience seems to be prompting the composition of this Psalm?
  • What is the psalmist's orientation towards others, the trials, and God?
  • What is his hope in the face of earthly loss?

Let's pray for the word to go forth with power, and for God's glory to be seen and known. Let's pray our hearts would be hungry for and responsive to God's truth, and that our faith would be strengthened.

This Sunday we will also be celebrating the Lord's Supper together. For those who are not comfortable taking the provided elements, we encourage you to bring your own so you can participate with us.

Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday we looked into the amazing account of God's appearing to Moses on the mountaint. The "I AM" announces his holy nature, his personal name, and commissions Moses to lead the people out of Egypt. The same God today initiates our own redemption from sin. He has drawn near to us in Christ and invites us to come near in humble repentance in faith. Salvation is found in knowing God, looking to the appointed instrument of our deliverance - Jesus Christ.

Listen to "The Great I AM"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will be from Exodus 4:1-17. Take time this week to read the text and consider:

  • What do Moses' statements reveal about his heart? How do our own hearts often follow suit?
  • What does God's patience and anger reveal about his character?
  • What place does human ability have in the plan of God?
  • What place does God's miraculous power have in the strengthening of faith and the rescue of sinners?

Please pray that God would be greatly glorified through the preaching of his word - that he would be more clearly seen, known, feared, trusted, and worshiped. Pray that this familiar story would invoke fresh joy and faith.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. These are provided so you can familiarize yourself with any songs that are new to you, and to provide Christ-exalting music to encourage you this week.

 

Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we were challenged by pastor Mike Summers from Acts 17 to continue the mission of proclaiming the gospel. Just as Paul did in Athens, we have an opportunity to make the unknown God known in our own culture. This involves having a burden for the lost, taking advantage of opportunity, proclaiming the truth of Christ, and then leaving the results in God's hands. Let's pray and seek to be faithful this week to our calling as ambassadors for Christ

Listen to "Making the Unknown God Known"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to our series through Exodus. As you prepare for worship, take a few minutes to read Exodus chapter 3 and consider the following questions:

  • How do the events and language of this chapter connect to Exodus 2:23-25?
  • Who or what is "the angel of the LORD"?
  • In what ways are grace and judgment woven together in God's promise to Moses?
  • What does this scenario reveal to us about God's nature and character?

Please pray that God would be greatly glorified through the preaching of his word - that he would be more clearly seen, known, feared, trusted, and worshiped. Pray that this familiar story would invoke fresh joy and faith.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. These are provided so you can familiarize yourself with any songs that are new to you, and to provide Christ-exalting music to encourage you this week.

  • Holy Holy Holy (with additional chorus)
  • O God of Our Salvation
  • Christ Be All
  • Only a Holy God

 

 

 

 

 

Reflect & Prepare

IN REFLECTION

Last week's sermon dealt with the portrait of God found in Exodus 2:23-25. While sovereign over the timing and nature of his people's suffering, God always hears our prayers, remembers his promises, sees our condition, and knows our suffering. He is not a distant and detached God, but one who loves us faithfully and personally. In light of this truth, let's seek to trust him, draw near, and tell the lost what our God is really like.

Listen to "The Groaning of Man and the Goodness of God"

PREPARING TO HEAR

On Sunday we will be hearing from Pastor Mike Summers, lead teaching pastor of Countryside Church (our sending church). The text will be Acts 17:16-34. Please take a few minutes to prepare your heart and mind for worship this week by reading this passage and considering:

  • Why was Paul provoked at the site of pagan idols?
  • How does Paul's message differ from his preaching to the Jews (Acts 13)? In what ways is it similar?
  • How should this story encourage and shape our own ministry?

Let's pray for God's Spirit to empower and use the preaching of the word to accomplish change in our hearts. Pray for any among us who may be religious but spiritually dead, that they would recognize their need for salvation and trust in Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. Including a new song for our church, "May Christ Be All." Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this new tune so you can participate fully with us on Sunday.

 

Reflect & Prepare (6/25/20)

IN REFLECTION

In our final sermon from James last Sunday, we were challenged to display our faith by pursuing prodigals. The final mark of genuine faith is demonstrating concern for the faith of others. Will you love the wanderers and seek to turn them back to the truth? Let's humbly seek to demonstrate this kind of care for one another as we submit to God's instruction for the local church.

Listen to "Demonstrating Concern for the Faith of Others"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we are planning to meet together at the DoubleTree Hotel for corporate worship. We will have one service at 10:30am. [more info...]

Over the next few weeks we will be in Psalms. Read Psalm 1 and think about these questions as you prepare to listen to Sunday's sermon:

  • What does it mean to be "blessed?"
  • What does it look like to meditate on the word day and night?
  • How does this text both encourage and warn us?

Let's pray that our church would be united in the truth as we begin to gather together once again. Pray for soft hearts, a teachable spirit, and a desire to obey God's will. Pray that those wandering from God would be convicted of sin and moved to repentance.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. These are provided so you can familiarize yourself with any songs that are new to you, and to provide Christ-exalting music to encourage you this week.

Reflect & Prepare (6/17/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at James's exhortation to respond to every circumstance of life with prayer. This is the "exhale" of faith in the life of the believer. Have you been quicker to pray this week? Have you taken opportunities to not only ask God for help, but also to intercede for others, praise God for his goodness, and confess sin? Let's keep our eyes on the One who hears and answers as we pray to Him in faith.

PREPARING TO HEAR

Our text for this coming Sunday is James 5:19-20. Read this final word from James and consider:

  • What does it mean to "wander from the truth?"
  • How do we bring such people back?
  • Is this text addressed to pastors, or the whole church?

Please pray for the preaching of the word, that the Holy Spirit would powerfully work in our hearts to convict us of sin and convince us of grace. Pray that our church, though scattered, would be united in the truth and filled with brotherly love and longing.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. These are provided so you can familiarize yourself with any songs that are new to you, and to provide Christ-exalting music to encourage you this week.

  • Glorious and Mighty
  • Only a Holy God
  • Here is Love (Grace Takes My Sin)
  • All I Have is Christ

Reflect & Prepare (5/15/20)

IN REFLECTION

James 4:11-12 commands us to not slander or judge our brothers. James grounds his argument in the right view of the law, and the right view of God. A humble heart will keep us from overstepping our place and committing these sins. This week, whether in person or on social media or in our digital communications, let's seek to honor God and his law with our words.

Listen to "Humbly Submitting to the Judge"

PREPARING TO HEAR

How should those who believe in God go about planning for the future? Read James 4:13-17 and consider the following questions in preparation for Sunday's sermon.

  • How does James's emphasis on humility and wisdom continue to be present in this text?
  • Why does James urge us to reckon with the sovereignty of God?
  • How should we apply these truths during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Please pray that despite the challenges of livestreaming, God's word would be heard with clarity and without distraction. Pray that we all would have attentive and open hearts to receive God's truth and that good fruit would be produced in us.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. We hope that despite the limitations of worshiping at home, you will prepare your heart to sing praise to our Savior and give him the glory he so richly deserves.

We plan to have the lyrics on the screen, but they can also be found on our website.

Reflect & Prepare (5/5/20)

IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday's message looked at the necessity of controlling the tongue in James 3:1-12. James informs of the power of the tongue, the destruction it can cause, and how it can reveal spiritual hypocrisy. The good news is that Christ atones for sins of the tongue and gives us the power to change. Let's seek to offer ourselves as instruments of righteousness to God this week.

Listen to "Dealing with Idolatrous Desires"

Small groups - be sure to check the sermon post each week for discussion questions and points for prayer.

PREPARING TO HEAR

Continuing the theme of our conflicts with one another, James moves from diagnosing the problem to exhorting us on how we must behave. Read James 4:11-12 and think through these questions:

  • What does it mean to "judge?" Does James use this word the same way our culture does?
  • How do these exhortations apply to discipleship, discernment, confrontation, and church discipline?
  • What is the basis for James' instruction?

Please pray that despite the challenges of livestreaming, God's word would be heard with clarity and without distraction. Pray that we all would have attentive and open hearts to receive God's truth and that good fruit would be produced in us.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. We hope that despite the limitations of worshiping at home, you will prepare your heart to sing praise to our Savior and give him the glory he so richly deserves.

We plan to have the lyrics on the screen, but they can also be found on our website.

Reflect & Prepare (4/22/20)

 IN REFLECTION

Last Sunday's message looked at the necessity of controlling the tongue in James 3:1-12. James informs of the power of the tongue, the destruction it can cause, and how it can reveal spiritual hypocrisy. The good news is that Christ atones for sins of the tongue and gives us the power to change. Let's seek to offer ourselves as instruments of righteousness to God this week.

Listen to "Controlling the Tongue" 

Small groups - be sure to check the sermon post each week for discussion questions and points for prayer.

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon text will be James 3:13-18. Take some time to read and consider this week:

  • How does the theme of wisdom connect with the idea of faith, good words, and spiritual maturity?
  • How does James describe these two competing versions of wisdom?
  • What contrasting results do these two competing versions of wisdom produce?

Please pray that despite the challenges of livestreaming, God's word would be heard with clarity and without distraction. Pray that we all would have attentive and open hearts to receive God's truth and that good fruit would be produced in us.

PREPARING TO SING

Here are the songs we will be singing this week. If you are still unfamiliar with the new song we learned last week (Christ Our Hope in Life and Death) then be sure to listen a few times before Sunday.


We plan to have the lyrics on the screen, but they can also be found here

Reflect & Prepare (4/19/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. 1 Corinthians 15 sets for for us the meaning of the resurrection, theological truths we must understand so that our faith is strengthened and our joy deepened. The resurrection calls us to recognize the divine identity and saving power of Jesus, to see him as our representative, and signals that he reigns and will reign over the whole cosmos. Let's revere him, rejoice in our future hope, and consider the glory of his eternal victory this week.

Listen to The Meaning of the Resurrection

Small groups - be sure to check the sermon post each week for discussion questions and points for prayer.

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will return to our series in the book of James. Take a few minutes to read James 3:1-12 and contemplate its teaching on the tongue:

  • Why do you think James gives so much space to describing the danger of the tongue and the damage words can inflict?
  • What significance does this have for teachers? Does this exempt everyone else?
  • What kind of speech should characterize a Christian?

Let's pray that God would use his word to sanctify us; bringing our lives more and more into conformity to Christ, especially in the area of our speech.

PREPARING TO SING

This week we will be learning a new song, Christ our Hope in Life and Death. Be sure to learn it with us this week! We trust you will be encouraged by its rich message and helped to rejoice confidently in Christ.

We plan to have the lyrics on the screen, but they can also be found on our website.

Reflect & Prepare (3/11/20)

IN REFLECTION

James 1:19-21 shows us that genuine faith produces meekness, controlling how we respond to other people and to the word of God. We are to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger," and to "receive the word." This is a sign of genuine faith, spiritual maturity, proper humility, self-control, and the Spirit's work in our hearts.

Listen to "Cultivating Meekness"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday's text will be James 1:22-27. Please read the passage and consider the following questions in preparation for Sunday's message:

  • How does vs 22 continue the thought of vs 21? What words are repeated?
  • Why does vs 23-25 assert it is so important to be "doers of the word?"
  • In what way might we deceive ourselves (26)? What is at stake?
  • Is "religion" a positive or negative word (26-27)?
  • Should we use vs 27 to establish a strict paradigm for Christian living?

Please pray that God would instruct us through His word, leading us to a more faithful walk and a deeper joy in Christ.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday, including a NEW song we want you to learn! Use this as a resource to prepare your heart and mind to participate fully with us as we worship God together.

Come Praise And Glorify
In Christ Alone
Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me **NEW**
Take My Life And Let It Be

Reflect & Prepare (2/27/20)

IN REFLECTION

In James 1:9-12 we learn that no matter our financial or social status in this life, joyful perseverance is made possible by faith in future grace. Eternal reward is coming for those who love God and persevere to the end, and it is this perspective that helps us rejoice and endure the trials of lack and loss. Let's set our minds on things above this week and keep running the race!

Listen to Joyfully Persevering

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be walking through James 1:13-18. Take a few minutes to read through this text and consider:

  • In what ways does this text urge us to think about temptation?
  • Why can God not be the source of temptation?
  • How might we be deceived in regards to our view of sin and temptation?
  • How does verse 17 equip us to fight temptation?

Pray that God's word would be made clear, that our minds and hearts would be affected, that our faith would be strengthened, and that those who do not know Christ would hear the call to repent and believe in the gospel.

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.

Reflect & Prepare (2/19/20)

IN REFLECTION

James 1:5-8 shows us that genuine faith is expressed by seeking God as the source of true wisdom. When trials come, James exhorts us to ask God for help, and assures us that God delights to give wisdom out of his abundance. But this offer comes with a warning: those who are double minded and lack true faith do not have this hope. Let's seek wisdom from God this week with a whole-hearted faith, expecting him to provide as we read his word and fellowship with his people.

Listen to Faith-Filled Asking for Wisdom

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week take a few minutes to read James 1:9-12. Pray for insight, an open heart, and that God would shape our perspective on life and wealth. Consider the following questions:

  • James contrasts "lowly" with "rich." Are there non-economic ways people may fall into the category of "lowly" in our cultural context?
  • What does it mean to "boast" in either exaltation or humiliation?
  • What is the connection between endurance and love in v12?
  • What perspectives or pursuits in your life need to change in light of these truths?

Please pray for the preparation of the sermon, for prepared hearts, and for God to be glorified in the hearing and doing of the word.

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.

Reflect & Prepare 2/12/20

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we began a study through the book of James. The theme of James is that genuine faith affects all of life, and in chapter 1 James begins by showing us how faith controls our response to trials: faith frees us to respond to trials with joy. By faith we see the value in trials, and we embrace God's purpose in trials. This will require cognitive effort, and spiritual sensitivity, but allows us to experience real joy in the midst of difficulty.

Listen to Counting it all Joy

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will continue our study through James by examining the exhortation and warning in James 1:5-8. Take some time to read this text, pray for God's help to understand, and consider the following questions:

  • What is wisdom? Why is it necessary?
  • What is the connection between trials (2-4) and seeking wisdom (5-8)?
  • How does "double-minded" clarify what James means by doubting?

Please pray for the preaching of God's word Sunday, that the Spirit would illuminate truth, convict, encourage, strengthen, and produce change in us.

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.

Reflect & Prepare (1/29/20)

IN REFLECTION

This past Sunday we considered the priority of worship in relation to the church. Worship is what we were made for, what we were saved for, and must be acceptable to God. Were you challenged to think differently about personal and corporate worship? Let's prepare our hearts this week to come Sunday and give ourselves to God-centered, Christ-focused, scripture-saturated, whole-hearted worship.

Listen to The Priority of Worship

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be considering the final focus in our series on the mission of the church - the necessity of relationships in the church. As you prepare your heart for worship this week, take a few moments to prayerfully consider Romans 12:9-18 and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why does Paul take so much time to exhort people to relate to one another in these ways (love, honor, hospitality)?
  • Which of these commands is hardest for you to apply in the context of the local church?
  • What would your relationships in the church look like if you gave yourself fully to applying these instructions more faithfully in your own life?
  • Who in your life has been a model of this faithfulness and how has that blessed you?

Please pray for the preaching, praying, and singing of God's word on Sunday, and let's ask that He would do abundantly above all that we could ask or think.

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.

Reflect & Prepare (1/22/20)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we looked at the role of Scripture in our mission. We need God's Word to direct and sustain us as we seek to follow the Lord. Scripture is authoritative and sufficient, and it is of utmost importance that we remember this. If we are to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus, we must value and embrace the Word with all our hearts. 

This week, think about whether you treat Scripture as authoritative. As sufficient. As necessary. 

Listen to The Priority of Scripture

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week's sermon will focus on worship. We are all called to worship God individually, but the church is also called to worship God corporately. It is important that we understand why and how we are called to worship. So to prepare for this Sunday, read Hebrews 13:15 and consider the following questions:

  • Why do we worship in church on Sunday?
  • Why do we worship the way we do?
  • What is the Biblical basis of our worship?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/16/20)

PREPARING TO HEAR

Although we do not have a Reflect section this week, there are two things we can prepare for on Sunday. 

First, in Sunday School, the Mexico missions team will share testimonies from their time abroad. If you don't normally come to our Sunday School class, we invite you to join us at 9:30 to hear what God did on the trip and what he is doing in Mexico through the Warne's ministry. 

Second, in our main service, JD will be continuing his series on our mission. This week we will be considering the authority of Scripture. Our view of Scripture is essential to following God's mission. Downplaying or neglecting Scripture is disastrous. To prepare for this Sunday, please read 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and consider the following questions:

  • What descriptions of Scripture does this text have?
  • What does it mean that Scripture is breathed out by God?
  • What responsibilities are outlined in the text?
  • What other types of authority might challenge the authority of Scripture?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/10/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday JD challenged us that if we are going to fulfill God's mission to glorify him by being and making disciples of Jesus, we must maintain our focus on the gospel. We can never move on from the gospel, but rather into a deeper understanding of the gospel. It must color and motivate all that we do in fulfilling God's mission.

Take some time to consider what the gospel means to you. Do you value it? Does it motivate you?

Listen to Mission Refresh: The Centrality of the Gospel

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will focus on the centrality of the gospel to our mission. We cannot glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus if we do not have the gospel. While it may seem like the gospel is just the introduction to the Christian life, we must never move on from the gospel. To prepare for the message this Sunday, read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and think about the following:

  • How can we abide in Christ?
  • What is the fruit that we should desire to bear?
  • Does verse 7 teach that God will give us whatever we want?
  • What are the purposes of remaining in Christ?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (1/2/20)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday JD reminded us of our mission: We exist to glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus. God's main purpose and goal is to bring himself glory, and believers must have the same mission. We do this by living as disciples of Christ, and by serving as ambassadors for Christ. We must follow Christ and help others follow Christ. Is this your mission? Are you living as a disciple of Jesus? Do you care about helping others live like Christ?

As we begin the new year, take some time to consider your mission. 

Listen to Mission Refresh

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will focus on the centrality of the gospel to our mission. We cannot glorify God by being and making disciples of Jesus if we do not have the gospel. While it may seem like the gospel is just the introduction to the Christian life, we must never move on from the gospel. To prepare for the message this Sunday, read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and think about the following:

  • How would you define Paul's mission from these verses?
  • What does the phrase "For the love of Christ controls us" (v. 14) mean?
  • What does it mean to "regard no one according to the flesh" (v. 16)? 
  • How would you explain the gospel to someone else?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/26/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we spent a final week pondering the glory of God in the incarnation. We focused on how God is light. In the birth of Christ, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. This should give us great confidence as we walk in the midst of a dark and dying world. Take heart - the light of the world has overcome the darkness. Jesus entered our world to die on the cross and shine in our hearts to free us from sin. Praise God for the incarnation!

Listen to Light Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

As we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another, we are going to take the opportunity to refocus on what is most important. This week JD will be preaching on our mission, which is to glorify God by being and making disicples of Jesus. It's easy to get distracted or misunderstand the mission, so we need to be reminded of what God has commanded us. To prepare for this Sunday, read Matthew 16:24 and 28:18-20 and consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • What does it mean to make disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • What does the world say should be your mission in life?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/19/19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week Pastor JD expounded the concept of God's love revealed in the incarnation. We so often hear of the importance of love around Christmas, but the truest and fullest expression of love is found in God sending Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. May we never doubt that God loves us - he has proven it once and for all in the incarnation.

This week, meditate on the truth of God's love for you and spend some time praising and thanking him for his unconditional favor towards you.

Listen to Love Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

On Sunday we will conclude our mini series on the incarnation by considering how God's light is revealed in the incarnation. The God who said "Let there be light" in the midst of physical darkness sent Jesus to bring light in the midst of our spiritual darkness. To prepare for this Sunday, read and think about the following texts:

  • Matthew 4:12-17 How must we respond to seeing God's light?
  • John 3:19-21 What is our natural response to seeing God's light?
  • Revelation 21:21-23 What is God's light?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/12/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked into the throne room of God and saw him arrayed in majestic holiness. Our God is holy, separate from sin and distinct from all others. There is no one like our God! And yet God became like us. He brought his holiness to dwell among us and make an acceptable sacrifice to atone for our sins. Praise God for his holiness!

Spend some time this week meditating on God's holy character and what his holiness means for you.

Listen to Holiness Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will reflect on how God pours out love in the incarnation. Love is one of the most common themes of Christmas in our secular world, and yet God's true love is often misrepresented. God reveals his love in the incarnation in specific ways. To prepare for our time in God's Word this week, read 1 John 4:7-12 and consider the following questions:

  • After reading these verses, how would you define love?
  • How does the world around us define love?
  • What does propitiation mean?
  • What are some specific ways that you can display the love of Christ to others this Christmas season?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (12/5/19)

IN REFLECTION

Last week we began the season of Advent by reflecting on how God's grace is revealed in the incarnation. We are desperately in need of grace, but we do not deserve it. this is what makes the incarnation such good news - that God would freely give of his fullness of grace to needy, undeserving sinners like us. In Christ we receive grace upon grace, grace to cleanse us from our guilt and grace to sanctify us after conversion. This Christmas, remember God's grace shown in the incarnation.

Listen to Grace Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ

PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will consider another attribute of God displayed in the incarnation: Holiness. God's holy character normally refers to his separateness and distinction from anything else, and yet in the incarnation, Christ brought his infinite holiness to dwell among us. To prepare yourself for this Sunday, read Isaiah 6:1-7 and consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean that God is holy?
  • How could Christ remain holy and also become human?
  • Why is important (and essential) that Christ be holy?
  • How should we respond to God's holiness displayed in the incarnation?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

Reflect & Prepare (6/20/19)

IN REFLECTION

On Sunday we looked at the topic of repentance from Hosea 5-6. Repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of heart resulting in a change of action. It is not a work that we do but a response to what God is doing in us. God calls everyone to turn from their sin and turn to God to receive forgiveness and cleansing from their sins.

This week, consider both your need for repentance and the blessed results of true repentance.

Listen to God's Grace of Repentance

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week we will be returning to Colossians 3 and looking at verses 12-14.These verses build off of verse 9, where believers were reminded that they have put off the old man and put on the new man. Verses 12-14 go further in explaining what it means to live as a believer. To prepare for the message, read Colossians 3:12-14 and consider the following questions:

  • How can I put on the attributes listed in these verses?
  • Why are believers reminded that they are chosen, holy, and beloved in verse 12?
  • Why is forgiveness so important in the Christian life?
  • How does love bind everything together in perfect harmony (vs 14)?

Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.

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.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Grace Unmeasured
Our Great Savior
O To Be Like Thee