Worship Preparation: July 7, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Read the sermon text: Job 3-41 (with a focus on chapters 31, 38-41)

Read the sermon summary: Have you ever considered your suffering and asked, “Why?” Why does God allow suffering? What is the purpose of it? Why do the righteous suffer? These are some of the questions Job and his friends are wrestling with as they consider Job’s suffering. In their dialogue, some of the things they say are true while many of their conclusions are wrong. In the end, their wisdom is proven to be inadequate to answer the sort of questions they have. Job appeals to God himself for answers (ch. 31) saying in verse 35, “Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!” God does just that in chapters 38-41. If Job has questions for God, God has more questions for Job. Like his friends before him, Job finds that his wisdom is too limited to understand the things of God. He confesses that he spoke of things he didn’t understand and repents in dust and ashes (42:1-6). In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: What is the logic of Job’s three friends concerning his suffering? What patterns in the dialogue do you see in chapters 3-41 and what breaks the pattern? How would you summarize God’s answer to Job’s questions? How does the interaction between Job and God show the need for a mediator between them? Is there anything explicit in the text that points us to that need?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Behold Our God
Who has held the oceans in His hands
Who has numbered every grain of sand
Kings and nations tremble at His voice
All creation rises to rejoice
 
Chorus
Behold our God seated on His throne
Come let us adore Him
Behold our King nothing can compare
Come let us adore Him
 
Who has given counsel to the Lord
Who can question any of His words
Who can teach the One who knows all things
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds
 
Who has felt the nails upon His hand
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal humbled to the grave
Jesus Savior risen now to reign
 
You will reign forever
(Let Your glory fill the earth)
You will reign forever
(Let Your glory fill)

CCLI Song # 5937510
Jonathan Baird | Meghan Baird | Ryan Baird | Stephen Altrogge
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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