Once someone becomes a believer in Christ, they do not go back to their old life of sin and spiritual complacency, but grow in holiness. Colossians 1:9-12 describes this process of sanctification, a process of growth in mind, will, and action. Paul's prayer for believers to know the will of God still holds weight today, meaning we must search the Scriptures and pursue God to know his heart and desires for our life. As we do so, and as God grows us, we should respond with thanksgiving and joy to the miracle of our life in Christ.
Take some time to ponder how you are seeking God's will in the Scripture and how you are responding to his work in your life.
Listen to "Paul's Prayer for the Church"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week Michael Dietzel will preach the first of a series of sermons from the book of Hosea. The first of the minor prophets, Hosea centers on a striking image of idolatry and adultery to force us to reckon with the weight of our sin. This week, read Hosea 1:1-2:1 and think about the following questions:
- Why should we study the book of Hosea?
- What does God's command to Hosea say about the character of God?
- Why does God command Hosea to name his first son Jezreel? (see 2 Kings 9)
- Which character in the story are we meant to see ourselves as?
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 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.
Order of Worship