PREPARING TO HEAR
Since we were unable to meet last week due to the weather, we are especially excited to join with you this Sunday as we begin a short series through Matthew 1-2 in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Use the time we have left before Christmas to direct your thinking about this celebration. Over the month of December, read Matthew 1-2 and meditate and dwell on the significance of the coming of Jesus. This week especially, look at 1:1-17 and think about the following questions:
- Why does Matthew begin with a genealogy?
- Why is it significant that Jesus is descended from David?
- Why is it significant that Jesus is descended from Abraham?
- What does the birth of Jesus mean for your life today?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE
This Sunday we also have the privilege to participate in the Lord's Supper. Take some time this week to think of Jesus' death in light of his incarnation. Jesus came as a baby to live and die for sinners. At the Lord's Supper we remember his sacrifice and rejoice in his love for us. Prepare yourself to partake of the elements with a right mindset and in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-28)
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.