Last week we took a hard look at idolatry as we introduced the book of Hosea. God does not share his glory with another, and his justice demands that he punish our sin. We must be honest with ourselves and consider what idols we worship instead of and alongside the one true God. As we do so, we can turn to our loving God who offers mercy and salvation even to us, the worst of sinners.
Spend some time this week thinking about what you worship.
Listen to "Faithless People, Faithful God"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week JD will take us through Colossians 1:12-14. These verses point us to the response of gratitude for who God is and what he has done. Do you ever have difficulty being thankful to God? These verses are you. Spend some time reading these verses and think about the following questions:
- What are we told to be thankful for in these verses?
- How did the Father qualify us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (12)?
- What is God responsible for in these verses? What are we responsible for?
- When is it hardest for you to be thankful to God?
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 JD 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.
This Sunday we are introducing a new song - Only A Holy God. Since it is new, make sure to give it a listen to be prepared for when we sing it on Sunday.
Order of Worship