Worship Preparation: December 12, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021
Read the sermon text: Acts 17:16-34
Read the sermon summary: In this passage Paul preaches the gospel to the Athenians. When preaching to Jewish crowds Paul begins with Scripture, something they are already familiar with. With the Athenians, Paul begins with their own version of spirituality and the many gods represented around the city. Paul makes a winsome presentation, but he doesn’t shy away from the truth. For instance, in his sermon: there is one true God who made heaven and earth; God is transcendent and sovereign; God calls people to repent of their idolatry; God will judge the world in righteousness by the man Jesus Christ who rose from the dead. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: In what ways did Paul “contextualize” his message for the Athenians? In what ways did Paul not shy away from truth in ways that might have offended his listeners? How can Paul’s example here be instructive to us when we speak to others about Christ?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
Jesus Is Alive
There is now a hope that lasts beyond our days
For the One that once was buried lives again
Now the tomb is bare and empty
And the stone is rolled away
Praise the risen One who overcame the grave
All you brokenhearted all you worn and weak
Come find living water everlasting streams
To the wandering spirit
Lost and searching wanting something more
Find the risen King who overcomes the world
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
No more condemnation no more doubt and fear
For our sin and shame they have no power here
In His resurrection
Perfect love has set the captives free
Praise the risen King who stands in victory
Hallelujah death is undone
Hallelujah Jesus has won
Hallelujah we overcome
Oh in Jesus oh in Jesus

Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Keaton Ketchum

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