Worship Preparation: September 6, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Luke 22:24-27

Read the sermon summary: “What, do you think I’m your servant or something!?” Have you ever said or thought something like this when someone else is expecting you to do something for them? If so, it may reveal a prideful heart and a misunderstanding of the biblical perspective of serving others. Certainly, nuance is needed in thinking about these things. We’re not obligated to be proverbial doormats for others or to remain in abusive relationships, but we are called to be servants. In fact, one of the two offices of the church is deacon, or servant. This Sunday we will consider the qualification and roles of deacons. In addition, we will see that there is a certain glory to deaconing in the church. For those who serve well, Paul tells us, gain a good standing and great confidence in the faith as they reflect God’s service to us in Christ. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: If we see Acts 6:1-7 as a paradigm for deacon service, what would you say is the main role of deacons? What sticks out to you from the qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8-13? How does Luke 22:24-27 help us think about the role of deacons? How do deacons reflect the glory of God in the person and work of Jesus Christ?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
There Is A Fountain
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
 
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away

Dear dying Lamb Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow'r
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
 
E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
 
When this poor lisping stamm'ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
 
Edwin Othello Excell | Lowell Mason | William Cowper
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
 
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Jared Holt

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