This Week in Worship

July 10, 2018

 

Looking back on weekend worship (July 7 & 8)

Our summer worship series, “Heaven’s Kitchen,” brought us to a desolate place where Jesus encountered 5,000 men and their families.  He preached and healed their sick for the entire day.  As suppertime rolled around the disciples suggested the crowds be sent home.  Jesus instructed the 12 to feed the crowd.  Armed with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, they informed the Lord they lacked the resources.  Jesus takes the food and provides a miracle, feeding the throng with more food leftover than what they originally possessed.

We have many challenges in our lives.  When we lack the resources to overcome the challenges, we end up with problems.  The disciples failed to recognize the resource they had in Jesus, the Miracle Worker.  We make the same mistake.  Jesus promises to use all things together for the good of those who love Him.  This doesn’t mean He will necessarily remove our problem in the manner with desire.  It does mean that Jesus’ grace is sufficient at all times in our lives.  It is His grace that gives us the ability to move through our problems coming out stronger in our faith toward the Lord and in our care and commitment to one another.

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Looking back on worship on The Bluff (Thursday, July 5)

Our worship series, “FAQ’s – Faith & Questions,” continued last Thursday by asking, “Is Grace Enough?”  We are sinful people.  Sin separates us from our Father in heaven.  There is no manner in which we can breech this gap.  We cannot save ourselves.  This is why the heavenly Father’s Son took our flesh upon Himself and lived the perfect life for us, died on the cross as the sacrifice for our sin and rose with the promise that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

However, it is sinful human nature to think we need to do something to deem ourselves worthy of the love of God.  We have done nothing to earn or deserve His love, but His grace is so great that He loves us despite our sin.  YES!  It is purely by grace that we are saved.

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Looking forward to weekend worship (July 14 & July 15)

We continue our worship series, “Heaven’s Kitchen.”  Peter had an interesting dream.  In his dream he saw a large sheet with all kinds of foods come down from heaven.  Included in the heavenly buffet were foods considered unclean by Jewish Old Testament standards.  Peter is told that his dream indicates that all things that were considered unclean are not permissible.  The dietary restrictions the Old Testament placed upon God’s people were a reminder that the Lord was coming to save unclean people.  Once the Savior had come, the reminder was no longer needed.

We are the unclean who have been made righteous by the blood of Jesus.  We are reminded to secure hearts that are clean through faith and shine the light of the Gospel to all.

To prepare for worship, read Psalm 22:25-26, Leviticus 11:1-8; Acts 10:9-16 and Mark 7:14-23.

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Looking forward to worship on The Bluff (Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 pm)

“What is Truth?”  It is a question often asked in our pluristic society that provides everyone the “right” to decide for themselves to determine what is right and wrong for their situation.  Can one be sure there are absolute truths to follow?  Jesus will answer that question for us.

To prepare for worship, read Psalm 119:9-16; Romans 1:18-25  and John 17:1-19.