Worship Preparation: December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Read the sermon text: John 18:15-27
Read the sermon summary: As we come to John 18:15-27, we see that the arrangement of this passage is interesting. The reader is taken from one scene to another. In verses 15-18, the author centers on Peter. Then in verses 19-24, Jesus is the center of attention. Then in verses 25-27, the focus moves back to Peter. Remember, when reading the Scripture we should consider not only content, but also arrangement. We should ask, “Why did the author arrange things in this way?” Here, this arrangement does at least two things. First, it sets up a contrast between the interrogations of Peter and Jesus. Peter, the one who has consistently proclaimed his willingness to die for Jesus, shrinks when questioned about his associations with him. Jesus, however, continues to openly proclaim the truth about himself. Second, this arrangement sets up a climax at which Peter denies Jesus and the rooster crows, fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy in chapter 13. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Jesus is being interrogated along, but what might he be asking for in verse 21? In verses 17 and 25, Peter says, “I am not.” Considering Jesus’ own words of self-identification throughout the book of John and the contrast we see in this passage, what might the author be intending for us to see?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:  
All I Have Is Christ
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God's love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life

Now Lord I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You
CCLI Song # 5174122
Jordan Kauflin
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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