Worship Preparation: July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Read the sermon text: Job 32:1-42:6

Read the sermon summary: Have you ever wished you could have a chance at running the world? Perhaps you’ve thought that God didn’t get things exactly right in some situation or another… that God had been unjust to you at some point… or simply that you could have done better than God if you’d had the power to change things. Thus far in our series in the book of Job, Job has suffered though he was innocent. He rightly defends his cause against his friends who accuse him of sin. Yet he also seems to accuse God of being unjust in his particular case. In chapter 31 he makes his final plea to God to appear before him to give an account. In our passage for this Sunday, Elihu offers his wisdom to Job, progressively shifting our attention away from Job’s questions about suffering and justice to the omnipotence and supremacy of God. His speeches prepare us for the climax of the book when God appears in a whirlwind and speaks. Interestingly, instead of answering Job, God actually puts Job on the witness stand and begins to question him. He demonstrates that he alone has an exclusive claim to wisdom and righteousness. Job repents in dust and ashes, for he recognizes he has spoken of things of which he didn’t understand. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: How does this passage demonstrate humanity’s need for revelation? How does it demonstrate humanity’s need for a mediator? How can we learn from God’s words and Job’s response in responding to our own trials? How might the book of Job and these chapters in particular be pointing to Christ?
 
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)

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Jonathan Baird | Meghan Baird | Ryan Baird | Stephen Altrogge
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Mark Wood

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