APRIL 5, 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 16:19-40 and see how Christ calls us to display faith and trust by responding to his character, not our circumstances.
Our Call to Worship is Isaiah 26:3-4.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Our current circumstances sure have a way of shaping how we act, don’t they? Difficult circumstances have a way of bringing out the problem-solver in all of us. Confronted with challenges we quickly attempt to construct solutions in an attempt to bring peace and order back to our lives. In contrast, when we find ourselves in peaceful circumstances we can be deceived into a state of complacency and self-sufficiency. Across the spectrum of our experiences we often find that our circumstances are what rules our hearts and minds. While our circumstances obviously affect us deeply, they make terrible foundations for our spiritual, emotional, and mental peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 offers us true peace by calling us to keep our minds fixed first and foremost on God. As the hymn reminds us, when our eyes are fixed on the character and acts of God, the power and importance of our circumstances “grows strangely dim.” God calls us to worship him today by finding peace in who he is, not where we are.
Pray that we fix our hearts and minds on Jesus this week.
Pray that we would clearly see who God is, what he has done, and what he is doing about the brokenness of our world.
Here are the songs we are singing this week. We are singing these songs because they direct our hearts and minds to find peace and joy in the character and acts of Christ.