Worship Preparation: May 3, 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

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Read the sermon text: Galatians 1:11-24

Read the sermon summary: “All religions are basically the same,” some say. They contend that, for the most part, all religions teach us to love one another and be kind to one another. If that is the case, the Christian faith is just one alternative among many, which all arrive at the same conclusions. In this passage, however, Paul insists that Christianity is not a man-made religion, one philosophy of life along with all the others. Specifically, he says that the gospel he preached didn’t come from any human, but was revealed to him by Jesus Christ. Paul then gives us his testimony as evidence of his claim. He received the gospel from God and his message was confirmed by the Apostles and the church. Interestingly, the gospel itself is built into his argument. Notice how he places the emphasis on God’s initiative and work in him. He “set me apart before I was born,” “called me by his grace,” and “was pleased to reveal his Son to me.” This is where Christianity stands distinct from all other faiths. The emphasis is on God’s initiative not ours, God’s grace not our merit, God’s revelation not our man-made philosophies.
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
All I Have Is Christ
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God's love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life
Now Lord I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch

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