Worship Preparation: July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Read the sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

Read the sermon summary: How can we live as the church of God in the midst of our godless culture? That’s a big concern Paul has for his Corinthian brothers and sisters. So in this introduction of the letter he reminds the Corinthian church of their identity. They are the church of God. They are sanctified in Christ Jesus. And they are called to be God's holy people, along with all others who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. All of this is by the grace and peace from God the Father, purchased by Jesus Christ. For it is only by God’s grace and peace that we will be able to be united together under the cross of Christ and live for his glory in the midst of this godless world.

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

O Church Arise
O church arise and put your armour on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We'll stand against the devil's lies
An army bold whose battle cry is Love
Reaching out to those in darkness

Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him

So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory

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Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Christopher Scott


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