Worship Preparation: December 13, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Zephaniah (sermon focused on 3:9-20)

Read the sermon summary: In the prophet Zephaniah, we once again encounter the theme of the Day of the Lord. Zephaniah describes the destruction which will come upon the city of Jerusalem as so complete it will appear as a reversal of creation itself. The focus on the Day of the Lord, however, shows us that the author doesn’t just have a specific locale in mind. God will gather up the nations and pour out is burning anger on them so that the earth will be consumed (3:8). But there is hope of escape from these terrible judgments. Zephaniah 3:9-20 outlines the hope of salvation on the Day of the Lord. All who call on the name of the Lord in faith, whether Jew or Gentile, will find refuge in him. The messianic age will bring about a reversal in the fortunes of God’s people. Their judgments will be taken away and their enemies destroyed. They will once again be reunited with their King, the Lord himself, as he dwells in their midst. And the Lord will turn their shame into rejoicing. He will gather up the weak, the feeble, the broken and give them a name renowned throughout all the earth. As you can see, this is a cause of great rejoicing while we patiently await our King and the appointed time.
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Joy To The World (Antioch)
Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and nature sing
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing
 
Joy to the earth the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat repeat the sounding joy
 
No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as far as the curse is found
 
He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders wonders of His love
 
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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