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Getting Ready for Sunday, September 11

SEPTEMBER 8, 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 Sunday we are looking at Revelation 2:18-29 and seeing how gospel humility, grown in us by Christ, frees us to repent and change without fear. 

Our call to worship is Psalm 25:8-10:

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.


We are using this Psalm as our call to worship because it focus our attention on the great and good character of God. His greatness and goodness is shown to us in the world as He guides us farther down His paths of righteousness. This is why we gather: so that we grow more and more into the way of God in order that the world can see how good He is.

Here are the songs we are singing this Sunday. Listen to them beforehand to prepare for worshipping with the church.  We chose these songs because they focus us on the greatness of God and invite us to find our identity in Him. Finding our identity and security in Christ frees us to repent and change without fear!

How Great Thou Art
Youtube Spotify  iTunes

Forever
Itunes Youtube Spotify

He Will Hold Me Fast
Itunes Youtube Spotify

Jesus Is Better
Itunes Spotify Youtube

I Am Set Free
Itunes Youtube  Spotify

 

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1. The church in Thyatira, failed to call Jezebel to repentance while tolerating her sin and the sins of others.  Why is it easy to tolerate sin in our lives and in those we love?

2. What dangers exists when we tolerate sin for too long?  How does it affect our heart, how does it affect others, how does it affect the culture?

3. Do you view repentance more as an act of condemnation or an act of grace? Why?

4. One of the most gracious things we can do with people we love is to call them to a place of repentance.  What makes this statement true and how does the gospel inform it?

5. Humility and repentance are inextricably linked together.  What are signs you are growing in humility and how does this reflect in your relationships with others?

6. Share a moment where you had to deal with your own pride and practice the posture of repentance.

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