Worship Preparation: September 19, 2021

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Read the sermon text: Acts 11:19-30
Read the sermon summary: In our previous passages, Peter preaches the gospel to Gentiles, they receive the message, and are welcomed into the fellowship of the church. In our passage for this Sunday, Luke summarizes other instances in which the disciples preach the gospel to Gentiles. The story of Peter wasn’t just a one-time event. As other disciples, scattered by persecution, preach the gospel to all kinds of people, we see a groundswell of Gentiles coming to faith in Jesus Christ. They are being accepted into the church. Not only that, but these new believers also begin to participate in the fellowship of the church by sacrificially sending gifts to the Christians in Judea in preparation for the famine. In this way, God is sovereignly uniting his church of Jews and Gentiles through the trials of persecution and famine. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What is the significance of “the hand of the Lord” being with the men of Cyprus and Cyrene who preached the gospel to Gentiles (v. 21)? What is the significance of Luke reporting that in “Antioch the disciples were first called Christians” (v. 26)? Is there any significance to the fact that Luke doesn’t mention the names of the “men of Cyprus and Cyrene” who preached the gospel?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
It Is Well With My Soul
When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
Tho' Satan should buffet
Tho' trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded
My helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul
My sin O the bliss
Of this glorious tho't
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord O my soul
And Lord haste the day
When the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well
With my soul
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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