JULY 20, 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.
We are continuing our series through the Psalms “Ascribe.”
This week we are looking at Psalm 110 and seeing how Christ gives us assurance in the midst of change.
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.
What does it mean to find our identity in Christ? It means that who we think we are is based not on what we or others think of ourselves, but instead is based solely on who God says we are. Psalm 23 is an identity Psalm. It tell us that who we are comes from who God is and what he does for us. God is our shepherd, so we are not people who have to worry about our provision. He cares for us so we can be those who rest and enjoy the “still waters” he provides. He is the one who restores our souls and grows in us the ability to walk in “paths of righteousness”. This is the foundation of the gospel, we are made new creations because of what Christ has done for us. We don’t have to earn what God has already given. Psalm 23 calls us to worship God by being satisfied and solidified in the identity he has given us through the work of Christ.
Read Psalm 23 and pray that God would:
1. Help us find our identity in Christ
2. Give us a deep experience of the gift of his grace.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they remind us of the great power and care with which God rules the world.
In Your Steadfast Love
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.