Worship Preparation: September 26, 2021

Sunday, September 26, 2021
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 12:1-25
 
Read the sermon summary: What if every time you sinned, God punished you? Little white lie… you get a sore throat. You hurt someone with your hands… you get a painful bout of carpal tunnel. Greedily buy things you don’t need while neglecting the poor… your bank account is emptied by a thief. In our passage for this Sunday, we see the power of God. He rescues his people (Sometimes… Peter, but not James) and executes justice on those who oppose him (Herod). Notice the contrast Luke provides: God’s people are humbly reliant upon him for deliverance, while Herod arrogantly seeks the praise of people. A key verse is Acts 12:23, “Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory.” We are reminded of God’s power to punish sin whenever he wants, but also of his patience towards sinners. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” In preparation for the sermon consider the following questions: What other contrasts do you see in this passage? What do you think it means that “the word of God increased and multiplied”? How does passage encourage Christians and warn those who oppose God?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
Jesus Is Alive
There is now a hope that lasts beyond our days
For the One that once was buried lives again
Now the tomb is bare and empty
And the stone is rolled away
Praise the risen One who overcame the grave
 
All you brokenhearted all you worn and weak
Come find living water everlasting streams
To the wandering spirit
Lost and searching wanting something more
Find the risen King who overcomes the world
 
Chorus
Let there be dancing in the darkness
And let our song break through the night
Lift your voice and sing that Christ is King
For Jesus is alive
 
No more condemnation no more doubt and fear
For our sin and shame they have no power here
In His resurrection
Perfect love has set the captives free
Praise the risen King who stands in victory
 
Bridge
Hallelujah death is undone
Hallelujah Jesus has won
Hallelujah we overcome
Oh in Jesus oh in Jesus
 
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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