AUGUST 24, 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 2:1-41 and seeing how Pentecost means everyone can know God intimately and should make him known faithfully.
Our Call to Worship is Psalm 138:1-3.
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
Life can be filled will difficulty and disappointments. How we respond to the hard events of our lives shows us where we have placed our faith. Our responses can range from trying to push through difficulty in our own strength and wisdom, to running away and avoiding the problem. Psalm 138 shows us that the best way to deal with difficulty and disappointment is to bow before God. Why? Because when we worship God we are exalting “his name and his word”. When we lower ourselves and exalt God it puts the painful things in our lives in proper perspective. We see that sin, death, and evil do not sit on the throne. Instead, we see that Christ reigns. What happens to the Psalmist, and to us, when we see God as our exalted king? Our hearts are answered and our souls are strengthened by the glory of God.
Read Psalm 138:1-3 and pray that God would:
Grow us in our awe and trust of Him.
Heal and restore our hearts in Him.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We chose these songs because they exalt the glory and goodness of God and remind us of His power to accomplish his will in our lives.
Here is last week's sermon in case you missed it.