Worship Preparation: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

1. Read the text: Genesis 18:16-33

2. Read the sermon summary: In this passage God reveals himself as the righteous and just Judge of all the earth. But in Abraham’s intercession for the city, we also see God’s willingness to show mercy to the wicked for the sake of the righteous. This truth encourages us, but also warns us. God’s justice encourages us because we know that in the end every wrong will be made right and those who are oppressed will have justice. But God’s justice also warns us because we are all by nature included in the number of the wicked, not the righteous. What we ultimately need is not justice, but mercy, which finds its climactic expression in Jesus Christ. He lived a righteous life yet was counted among the transgressors for the sake of sinners. In this way God is both just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus.

3. Consider the following song lyrics in relationship to the sermon:

How Sweet and Awesome is the Place (verses 5, 6, and 7)
'Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in
Else we had still refused to taste
And perished in our sin

Pity the nations O our God
Constrain the earth to come
Send Thy victorious Word abroad
And bring the strangers home

We long to see Thy churches full
That all the chosen race
May with one voice and heart and soul
Sing Thy redeeming grace

CCLI Song # 754180
Isaac Watts
Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052

Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Guest Music Leader: Michael Lawing

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