Worship Preparation: August 2, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Read the sermon text: Galatians 6:1-5

Read the sermon summary: How have you felt when a friend quietly let you know that you had spinach in your teeth, you had something on your face, or something in your attire wasn’t in order? Even though you may have felt a little embarrassed, you’re probably thankful you have such a friend. If we have difficulty with minor issues like this, consider how much more difficult will it be for us if a friend gently points out our sin! And yet, our passage for this Sunday teaches us that it is a blessing of God if someone loves us enough to point out our sin to us and seeks to restore us. This, Paul tells us, is a display of the glory of Christ, for when we bear one another’s burdens like this, we are fulfilling the law of Christ. Not only that, but we are also giving a visible reflection of the gospel. For it was Christ himself who bore our burdens when he died on the cross for our sins. Christ didn’t look down on us for our sins, nor take pride in comparing himself to us. Rather, he sought to restore us by his own suffering and death. In preparation for the sermon this Sunday, consider the following questions: What does it mean to “restore” someone? What temptation might one face as he or she points out a sin to another? How can we understand verse 2 and verse 5 as not being in contradiction to one another? How does this passage teach the mercy and grace of God?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
 
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
 
I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
 
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Stuart Townend
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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