Worship Preparation: February 21, 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021
Read the sermon text: Philippians 1:27-30
Read the sermon summary: In this passage Paul exhorts the Philippians to live as citizens of heaven in a manner worthy of the gospel. He anticipates that they will face opposition and persecution. Against these attacks, they must stand firm together as one person and strive together with the unified purpose of advancing the gospel. That they do so without fear, Paul says, will be a sign of destruction and salvation. The Philippians must understand the sovereign providence of God in their faith and even in their suffering. God has graciously granted these things to them. In the sermon we will consider what it means to live worthily as citizens of heaven, what threats and attacks we may face as we stand united in the gospel, and how we might strive together without fear for the sake of the faith. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: How might we understand the Philippians’ striving without fear as a sign of destruction? What threats to or opponents of the gospel do we face? What is our source of strength to stand firm against opposition to the gospel?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
The Church's One Foundation (Aurelia)
The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord
She is His new creation
By water and the Word
From heav'n He came and sought her
To be His holy bride
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died
Elect from every nation
Yet one o'er all the earth
Her charter of salvation
One Lord one faith one birth
One holy name she blesses
Partakes one holy food
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued
'Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest
Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won
O happy ones and holy
Lord give us grace that we
Like them the meek and lowly
On high may dwell with Thee
Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed
By schisms rent asunder
By heresies distressed
Yet saints their watch are keeping
Their cry goes up how long
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song
CCLI Song # 55377
Samuel John Stone | Samuel Sebastian Wesley
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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