Worship Preparation: July 21, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Read the sermon text: Job 42

Read the sermon summary: The saying, “Good things come to those who wait,” encourages patient waiting and delayed gratification. As we have surveyed Job’s suffering, his wrestling with man and God, and his repentance, the saying seems to hold true. Is this the case? Is what is needed in our trials simply to patiently wait and then all things will turn out good? In our passage for this Sunday we see that not only does Job repent. His friends do too. Even they are redeemed through sacrifice and Job’s intercession. After Job prays for them he is restored. But this isn’t a lesson about things always turning out right in this life. The phrase “restored the fortunes” is significant. It is used throughout the scriptures of the promise that God would rescue his people out of captivity and restore them to abundant life. The restoration of Job encourages us to look for our ultimate restoration not in this life, but in the life to come. This is an important reminder. We must not look for our ultimate restoration in this life. Rather, we must live with patient endurance as we wait for the fulfillment of all of God’s promises to us, which are ours in Christ. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: Where else in scripture do we find the phrase “restored the fortunes”? What in this passage points to Christ and his work for us? What does James’ exhortation teach us about our role in sufferings and God’s purposes (see James 5:11)?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Hallelujah What A Savior (Gethsemane)
Man of sorrows what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah what a Savior
 
Bearing shame and scoffing rude
In my place condemned He stood
Sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah what a Savior
 
Guilty vile and helpless we
Spotless Lamb of God was He
Full atonement can it be
Hallelujah what a Savior
 
Lifted up was He to die
It is finished was His cry
Now in heaven exalted high
Hallelujah what a Savior
 
When He comes our glorious King
All His ransomed home to bring
Then anew this song we'll sing
Hallelujah what a Savior
 
CCLI Song # 29530
Philip Paul Bliss
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    Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Bo Pritchard

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