OCTOBER 26, 2017
"Getting Ready for Sunday" is a resource we provide to help the church look ahead to the upcoming Sunday. We want to prepare well for gathering together by reading God’s word, praying, and singing.
This week we are continuing our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.”
This week we are looking at Acts 8:4-26 and seeing how Jesus frees us from pursuing our kingdoms to pursue the mission of his kingdom.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 43:3-5.
Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
In Psalm 43 we see the author speak to his own soul saying “why are you cast down, O my soul?”. The Psalmist recognizes his negative spiritual state, but instead of accepting it he questions and talks back to his troubled soul. He tells himself what he needs to believe, he preaches the truth of who God is to himself. We can be much like the psalmist, our hearts are easily led astray. As one of the hymns we sing says: our hearts are prone to wander. One of the things we do in worship is speak the truth of the gospel to our souls because we need to be reminded of the truth. Our hearts can run after other things that are true but we need to talk back to our doubt, unbelief, and fears with the truth of God.
Read and pray Psalm 43:3-5 that God would:
Show us where we walk in fear and unbelief, and replace it with the truth of the gospel.
Bring people (pray for them by name) to faith in Christ.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose them because they proclaim the truth that God is near us and victorious over sin, evil, death, and suffering. He has set us free with the work he has already done.