Worship Preparation: July 18, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 8:1-13
 
Read the sermon summary: In this section of Acts, the focus turns to another man who was appointed to administer the distribution of food among the widows in the church. Notice how chapters 6-7 detail Stephen’s ministry, chapter 8 turns our attention to Philip, and chapter 9 begins considering the conversion of Saul and his ministry among Gentiles. In this passage we see Philip proclaiming Christ among the Samaritans as the church is scattered because of persecution. We also see an interesting contrast between Simon’s magic and movement and the preaching of the good news of the kingdom of God, along with its accompanying signs and wonders. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What indicators suggest that the gospel message is spreading among a community? How can one delineate between a movement of God and a movement of a man?
 
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
 
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: Seth Hubler