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Getting Ready for Sunday, September 4

SEPTEMBER 1, 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 2:12-17 and seeing how trusting in the identity given to us by Christ through the cross is the only way out of the downward spiral of sin and compromise with the world. 

Our call to worship is Philippians 4:8-9: 

 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."


Read it beforehand and pray that God would:

  1. Shape us to be more like Christ as we gather around His truth, excellence, and beauty. 
  2. Pray that we would experience the ever present reality of the God of peace being with us. 


Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us that God has called us to change and grow in Christ. They shape us to trust that our eternal and earthly security is held for us in Christ.

Break Every Chain
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Called Me Higher
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He Will Hold Me Fast
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There is a Fountain
Itunes Youtube Spotify

This Is Amazing Grace
Itunes Youtube Spotify

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1. Are ideas circulating in our culture that we could liken to "the teaching of the Nicolaitans?" Ideas that would result in our thinking it right to gratify sinful desires? Ideas that would result in our thinking it right to give worship to something other than God alone?

2. Often the root of idolatry is the mistaken conclusion that this false god is going to provide for me. For example the root of sexual immorality is a longing for intimacy apart from God's will for intimacy. What are some examples in your personal life of idols you believe will provide for you in your marriage, being a mom, being a dad, in your friendships, at the your job, with your family?

3. Jesus promises to perfectly provide all our needs, spiritual, physical, and emotional. How is Jesus' provision for your needs better than the provision of the ideal with which you struggle?

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