Worship Preparation: July 28, 2013
Worship Preparation – Sunday, July 28, 2013
1. Ways to use this worship preparation
Print it out Friday and place it in your bible for the weekend
Use it as a family devotion and time of prayer on Saturday evening.
2. Read sermon text: 1 Peter 3:13-22
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. (ESV)
3. Read sermon summary:
Peter wants us to abandon fear over temporary consequences, and pursue the blessing that is found in honoring Christ. He wants us to be bold with our faith, but to be bold with a gentleness and respect that reflects the Gospel we are preaching. He, also, knows how difficult this will be for us. So, he spends verses 17-22 giving examples of how those who fear God above all else end up reaping the victory. This week's passage is a challenging call to faith.
4. Consider the songs and their relationship to the sermon:
All I Have Is Christ
I once was lost in darkest night Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God's love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace
Hallelujah all I have is Christ
Hallelujah Jesus is my life
Now Lord I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You
It Is Well
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well, It is well,
Praise the Lord, oh my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
My sin - O the bliss of this glorious thought! -
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His 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.
It is well, (It is well,)
With my soul, (With my soul,)
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, and Horatio G. Spafford
Preaching: Daniel Savage
Music Leader: Micah Lansing
Grace and Peace!
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