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Getting Ready for Sunday, August 28

AUGUST 25, 2016

Church family,

"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing. We’ve also begin including care group discussion questions at the bottom of the email, to help your care group discuss God’s word together. 

This Sunday we are continuing our new fall sermon series “To the One Who Conquers”. Check out our series preview video here: 


This week we are looking at Revelation 2:8-11 and seeing how we can be courageous in suffering because Jesus is bigger than death. 

Our Call to Worship is from Psalm 112:1-2, 4-6:

1 Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.

4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.

As you prepare to gather with the church, pray that God would:

  1. Grow us in joyfully following His commandments.
  2. Give those who are suffering a deep experience of the light of Christ dawning on them.

Here are the songs we are singing this week. Listen to them beforehand to prepare to worship with the church. We chose these songs because they point us to find comfort and joy in Christ’s power over sin, suffering, and death. 

Great Are You Lord
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In Christ Alone
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It Is Well
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To Him Who Overcomes
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Christ is Risen
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1. Tribulation in this passage means pressure in the purest sense.  What pressures do you face as believers living in the culture we find ourselves in?
 
2. Is there anything unsettling about the truth that God uses the tactics of devil to prove his people's steadfastness?  If so why? What is the truth of scripture that you are not believing?

3. These pressures are attacks from the enemy. Where have you seen a fellow Christian attacked by the lies of Satan? What truth about the gospel did they need to hear in order to combat the lies of the enemy?

4. The big idea of the sermon was that the knowledge of the risen Jesus is greater than the reality of death itself. How does a bigger vision of Jesus bring comfort and courage in the face of death or suffering?

Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it: