Worship Preparation: August 1, 2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 8:9-25
 
Read the sermon summary: How can you distinguish between the work of God and the work of humans? How does God accomplish his work? What shows that a work originates with God and not man? As the gospel goes forward to Samaria in Acts 8, Luke presents a contrast between the work of God through Philip and the work of a man named Simon. As we walk through this passage, we will see that the work of God is accomplished by the proclamation of Christ, is a free gift of grace, and results in a heart changed by the Spirit. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What is the significance of Peter and John going to Samaria to pray for the new believers’ reception of the Spirit? What can we infer from Peter’s words to Simon (v. 20-23) about Simon’s initial response to the gospel in verse 13?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ein Feste Burg)
A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe
His craft and pow'r are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

Did we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God's own choosing
Dost ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He
Lord Sabaoth His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle
 
And tho' this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thru us
The prince of darkness grim
We tremble not for him
His rage we can endure
For lo his doom is sure
One little word shall fell him

That word above all earthly pow'rs
No thanks to them abideth
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Thru Him who with us sideth
Let goods and kindred go
This mortal life also
The body they may kill
God's truth abideth still
His kingdom is forever

Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Congregation

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