FEBRUARY 15, 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 continue our sermon series “Multiply: a Journey Through the Book of Acts.” We’ll be looking at Acts 13:13-52 and seeing how God graciously saved many in Antioch through the preaching of the gospel.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 42:5-6a
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.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you.
One of the ways the church worships God when we gather together is by speaking the truth of the gospel to our minds and hearts. When we experience the “turmoil” described in the psalm we should look to the gospel and speak its truth to our hearts. When we do this we teach our hearts to press into the truth of the gospel with praise and trust no matter what situation we find ourselves in. When we speak the truth of the gospel to our hearts we are acknowledging that our thoughts and emotions are not the final word on our situations. Instead, we are remembering who God is and what he has done for us, and that is a much more trustworthy and safe foundation for our thoughts and emotions.
Read Psalm 42:5-6a and:
Ask God to help you remember the truth of the gospel in both times of conflict and contentment.
Pray that as a church we would point one another to Christ this Sunday.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they point to Jesus as the comfort to our suffering and the source of our contentment while celebrating the goodness of the gospel in all of life.