Worship Preparation: August 16, 2020

Sunday, August 16, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Galatians 6:11-18

Read the sermon summary: What do we look for in our leaders? What impresses us, motivates, and inspires us? In our world of self-marketing and self-promotion, we may be attracted to leaders who tout their own strengths and achievements. In this passage, however, we see the contrast between godly leaders and ungodly leaders. In these verses Paul wants the Galatians to see through the self-promoting schemes of the false teachers who have selfish motives and simply want to show off. Paul, on the other hand, wishes to boast only in the cross, the instrument of death, by which Jesus died for sinners. We learn that what counts in leadership and in life isn’t fulfilling the works of the law, but having the pattern of life characterized by being a new creation. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: What appear to be the motives of the false teachers (v. 12-13)? Why do you think Paul charges them with avoiding persecution because of the cross? Why does Paul boast only in the cross of Jesus? What do you think Paul means that nothing counts for anything except a new creation?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
My Victory
You came for criminals
And ev'ry Pharisee
You came for hypocrites
Even one like me
You carried sin and shame
The guilt of ev'ry man
The weight of all I've done
Nailed into Your hands
 
Chorus
Oh Your love bled for me
Oh Your blood in crimson streams
Oh Your death is Hell's defeat
A cross meant to kill is my victory
 
Oh Your amazing grace
I've seen and tasted it
It's running through my veins
I can't escape its grip
In You my soul is safe
You cover ev'rything
 
Behold the Lamb of God
Who takes away our sin
Who takes away our sin
The holy Lamb of God
Makes us alive again
Makes us alive again
 
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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