OCTOBER 12, 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 6:1-7. We’ll be seeing how Luke gives an inside look at the blessings and challenges faced by the early church in Jerusalem and how he provides us with a framework to stay gospel-centered.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 23:1-3.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
More than anything, what we think and feel about God guides our lives. If we wrongly think God is distant or waiting for us to fail, we will live in fear and uncertainty. But when we think and feel the truth about God, the truth puts our feet on solid ground. We can live with mercy for ourselves and others because we know that God has been merciful to us. We can have a proper confidence because we know God is in control and very good. Psalm 23 calls us to worship God first by trusting that God is our shepherd, that he provides for us, that he restores us, and that he leads us in his righteousness. It then calls us to worship God by putting that trust into action. Let’s gather to worship this Sunday expecting God to refresh, restore, and shape us in his righteousness.
Read and pray Psalm 23:1-3 that God would:
Help us look only to him for our righteousness and restoration.
Bring people (pray for them by name) to faith in Christ.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they express the greatness of God in every circumstance. They remind us that when the Lord is using a period of time to grow and change us, we get to find rest and freedom in the work he has already done.