Worship Preparation: March 21, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Philippians 3:1-11

Read the sermon summary: Are you a part of the people of God? How do you know? In what do you glory or boast? In this passage, Paul makes some audacious claims. He argues that the people of God aren’t marked by adherence to certain laws like circumcision, but by their worshiping in the Spirit, glorying in Christ, and putting no confidence in the flesh. In Paul’s own experience, he came to see any outward or moral advantage as completely worthless compared to knowing Christ. While this section of the letter might seem disconnected from what we’ve read previously, it matches quite well with the commands to stand firm in one Spirit, striving together for the faith of the gospel. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What are some things you have sinfully counted as more valuable than knowing Jesus Christ? What things does Paul hope to gain by counting all things as loss? In what ways are you tempted to put confidence in your flesh?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Hallelujah For The Cross
I would be hopeless without Your goodness
I would be desp'rate without Your love
Slave to the darkness
If it wasn't for the cross
 
You have won me with Your kindness
Chased me down when I was lost
Where would I be
If it wasn't for the cross

Chorus
Hallelujah thank You Jesus
I was a pris'ner now I'm not
With Your blood You bought my freedom
Hallelujah for the cross
 
All my shame was met with mercy
Now Your mercy will be my song
And oh the glory
Oh the power of the cross
 
By Your stripes I'm healed
By Your death I live
The pow'r of sin overcome
It is finished (it is done)
 
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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