Worship Preparation: November 21, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Read the sermon text: Acts 16:1-15
Read the sermon summary: We know our mission… to make disciples by bearing witness to Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. Sometimes, however, our plans are blocked or don’t come to fruition in the way we had expected. We see an example of this in our passage for this Sunday. Having received the decision and letter from the Christian leaders in Jerusalem, Paul sets out to continue preaching the gospel, but his plans to preach the gospel in Asia and Bithynia were “forbidden by the Holy Spirit.” Instead, Paul receives a vision to go preach in Macedonia, where the Lord opens Lydia’s heart to hear and receive the gospel. As we consider this passage together this Sunday, we will be encouraged at the Lord’s provision. As we go on our way to bear witness to Christ, we must recognize the sovereignty of God over his mission. He gives wisdom to his people; He gives direction to his people; and he alone opens the hearts of individuals to receive the good news of Jesus the Savior. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: Why did Paul have Timothy circumcised after just receiving the decision that circumcision isn’t required? In what ways can we expect or not expect the Spirit to give us direction like he does for Paul in verses 6-10? What is emphasized in Lydia’s conversion to Christ (v. 14)?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

Build My Life
Worthy of ev'ry song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Jesus the name above ev'ry other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of ev'ry breath we could ever breathe
We live for You
We live for You
Holy there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
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