Worship Preparation: February 14, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Philippians 1:19-26

Read the sermon summary: Scripture guarantees that Christians will suffer. Yet, as believers, we do not often plan to suffer or thoroughly anticipate the sufferings to come. Often, we acknowledge that someday we will suffer on account of our faith, but we generally do not devote much thought to our future sufferings. “It will be okay,” or “I’ll be fine,” we might say as we consider the possibilities of suffering, and that is where we stop. But, is there a way Christians should anticipate and respond to sufferings that have yet to come? In our sermon text, Paul demonstrates how Christians should anticipate and respond to future suffering. Facing trial in the Roman court, which could lead to his death, Paul rejoices in the sufferings to come as he looks forward to honoring Christ in his body (v.20). He can do this because he is sure that his salvation and future with Christ are secure no matter what happens. Consequently, Paul chooses to persevere in suffering rather than departing and being with Christ so that the Philippians would grow in their faith and worship of God (v.22-26). He summarizes his attitude toward future suffering when he writes, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Every day, for Christians, it is an opportunity to honor Christ in everything we do, whether in comfort or suffering. Therefore, as we consider our future suffering, knowing that our salvation in Christ is secure, we can boldly proclaim that Christ will be honored in our bodies no matter what happens to us. As we prepare our hearts for Sunday, read the sermon text and consider how you might rejoice in the sufferings to come because of your future salvation, when you will be with Christ in heaven. Think of how your suffering might positively affect how other believers worship Christ. Are you willing to suffer knowingly so that your brothers and sisters might be encouraged in their faith? What hesitations might you have toward suffering for another’s benefit?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love my deep and boundless peace
 
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his
Oh how strange and divine I can sing all is mine
Yet not I but through Christ in me
 
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side the Saviour he will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need his power is displayed
 
To this I hold my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley he will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome
Yet not I but through Christ in me
 
No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
The future sure the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave
 
To this I hold my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released I can sing I am free
Yet not I but through Christ in me
 
With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For he has said that he will bring me home
And day by day I know he will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne
 
To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to him
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I but through Christ in me
 
Ending
When the race is complete still my lips shall repeat
Yet not I but through Christ in me
Yet not I but through Christ in me
 
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Preaching: Josiah Gwyn
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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