Worship Preparation: August 15, 2021

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Read the sermon text: Acts 9:1-31

Read the sermon summary: In this passage we once again see the sovereignty of God in carrying out his plan to advance his kingdom. Here, God does so by miraculous visions given to Saul and Ananias. The conversion of Saul breaks opens the floodgates of the gospel to the Gentiles as God tells Ananias, “He is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and children of Israel.” In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: In what ways does Luke provide a contrast between pre-conversion Saul and post-conversion Saul? How might we understand Saul’s blindness and subsequent regaining of his sight? What does this passage teach us about the power and plans of God?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Is He Worthy
Do you feel the world is broken
We do
Do you feel the shadows deepen
We do
But do you know that all the dark
Won't stop the light from getting through
We do
Do you wish that you could see it all made new
We do
 
Is all creation groaning
It is
Is a new creation coming
It is
Is the glory of the Lord
To be the light within our midst
It is
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this
It is
 
Is anyone worthy
Is anyone whole
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David's Root
And the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
Is He worthy
Is He worthy
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this
He is

Does the Father truly love us
He does
Does the Spirit move among us
He does
And does Jesus our Messiah
Hold forever those He loves
He does
Does our God intend to dwell again with us
He does
 
Is anyone worthy
Is anyone whole
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David's Root
And the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From ev'ry people and tribe every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests
To God to reign with the Son
Is He worthy
Is He worthy
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy
Is He worthy
Is He worthy of this
He is
 
Is He worthy
Is He worthy
He is
He is
 
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Andrew Peterson | Ben Shive

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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