Worship Preparation: September 20, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020
 
Read the sermon texts: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Read the sermon summary: For our third sermon in the series on leadership in the church, we will consider the members of the church. While not technically an aspect of leadership, members have important roles and responsibilities in building up the church and causing it to flourish. In this sermon we will consider the qualifications of a church member. Who should be included and recognized as a part of a local church? We’ll use this sentence as a working definition of a local church member: Local church members should be those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, give evidence of having been regenerated, and are committed to a particular church for their mutual growth in Christ. In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What problems might arise if a church is made up of those who are unregenerate? Since we’re unable to look into someone’s heart, how do we evaluate whether or not a person is regenerate? How can we evaluate a person’s commitment to a particular local church? How can that commitment be expressed?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Lamb of God
You came from heaven's throne
Acquainted with our sorrow
To trade the debt we owed,
Your suffering for our freedom
 
The Lamb of God in my place,
Your blood poured out, my sin erased
It was my death You died
I am raised to life
Hallelujah, the Lamb of God
 
My name upon Your heart
My shame upon Your shoulders
The power of sin undone
The cross for my salvation
 
There is no greater love
There is no greater love
The Savior lifted up
There is no greater love
 
The Lamb of God in my place,
Your blood poured out, my sin erased
It was my death You died
I am raised to life
Hallelujah, the Lamb of God
 
Songwriters: Jason Ingram / Meredith Andrews / Andi Rozier
Lamb of God lyrics © Mesmerized Music, Word Music, Llc
 
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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