Worship Preparation: June 17, 2012

Worship Preparation – Sunday, June 17, 2012

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 text for Sunday: Col. 2:16-23 (ESV).
16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations- 21 "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)-according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

3. Read sermon summary: There is no shortage of false teachings about how to pursue God. You can find teachers who will promote all kinds of methods. Some teach that we must move away from the physical pleasures of life, while some want to point to complicated, secret rituals. The same was true for the Colossians. Teachers that are pointing the people to various methods of pursuing God have infiltrated the church. Paul is reminding them that clinging to Christ is the only way to find more of God. Paul instructs them to disregard these false teachers and hold fast to Christ, the one who nourishes the body, and brings a growth that comes from God.

4. Consider the songs and their relationship to the sermon:

How Great is Your Faithfulness

Now unto the King who reigns over all
And never changes or turns
Unfailing justice unfading grace
Whose promises remain
Yes Your promises remain

The heavens ring
The saints all sing
Great is Your faithfulness
From age to age we will proclaim
Great is Your faithfulness

Ev'rything changes but You stay the same
Your Word and kingdom endure
We lean on the promise of all that You are
And trust forevermore
We will trust forevermore

From generation to generation
You never failed us O God
Yesterday and today and tomorrow
Until the day You return

Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman - CCLI# 5557055: Copyright 2009 Thankyou Music

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hand
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because a sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Praise the One, Risen Son of God

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am
The King of Glory and of grace
One in Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook- CCLI# 2306412: Copyright 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship


Preaching: Daniel Savage

Music Leader: Micah Lansing


Grace and Peace!


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