Worship Preparation: March 18, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Read the sermon text: Mark 5:21-43

Read the sermon summary: We often enter into challenges with firm faith and courage to face what lies ahead. But as we face mounting difficulties… if we find the challenges are greater or more serious than we first realized, we are tempted to go down the path of fear. What if the difficulty is just too great? What if it is just too late for the Lord to work? What if we are of too little importance for the Lord to be troubled about us? In the face of all these fears the Lord commands us, “Do not fear, only have faith.” And his words to us not only direct us, but also drive us to faith in him. In this passage of Jesus miraculously raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead we learn that 1) Christ’s compassion extends to all sorts of people, great and small, 2) Christ has authority over sickness and even death, and 3) Christ is the fulfillment of the ceremonial laws of cleanliness. His contact with a diseased woman and a dead girl should have rendered him unclean. Instead it resulted in the woman being made whole and the girl being brought to live. In the same way, we are made spiritually clean not when we perform certain religious rituals, but when we come into contact with Jesus Christ, when we reach out and grasp him by faith.

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

Nothing But The Blood (Plainfield)
What can wash away my sin
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

O precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing this my plea
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Nothing can for sin atone
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Naught of good that I have done
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

This is all my hope and peace
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

CCLI Song # 21332
Robert Lowry
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052

Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Landon Pauley

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