Worship Preparation: March 2, 2014

Worship Preparation – Sunday, March 2, 2014

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 Timothy 1:3-7 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. (ESV)

3. Read sermon summary: In these first few verses of instruction, Paul is reminding Timothy why he is there in Ephesus. He is there to protect the church from false doctrine. He is there to preach the gospel. Paul lays out the two different kinds of teaching, and contrasts the fruit of both. One results in questions and speculations, while the gospel produces love. This is a powerful argument for Timothy to use in his fight against these false teachers. It is, also, a strong reminder to us that we should keep the gospel central to our teaching, because it will help us to stay the course.

4. Lord’s Supper: We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday, as we do the first Sunday of each month. In preparation for this visible celebration of the gospel, please take advantage of this time to consider the state of your soul. Resolve conflicts that you have ignored, repent of sins that you have hidden, and take time to consider the great love of a Savior who has reconciled us to God by his death and resurrection.

5. Consider the following song and its relationship to the sermon:

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the Savior's name
He has hushed the law's loud thunder
He has quenched Mount Sinai's flame

He has washed us with His blood
He has brought us nigh to God
Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the savior's name

Let us sing,though fierce temptation threaten hard to bear us down
For the Lord,our strong salvation,holds in view the conqu'rors' crown
He who washed us with his blood,soon will bring us home to God
Let us love and sing and wonder,let us praise the Savior's name

We, we delight, in the son, who gives us light
And His light has now dawned on us
We, we delight, in the son, who gives us light
And His light has now dawned on us

Let us wonder, grace and justice join to point to mercy's store
When through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more
He who washed us with his blood has secured our way to God
Let us love and sing and wonder, let us praise the Savior's name

Let us praise, and join the Chorus of the saints enthroned on high Here they trusted him before us, now their praises fill the sky You have washed us with your blood, you are worthy, Lamb of God Let us love and sing and wonder, let us praise the Savior's name

John Newton, Daniel Renstrom

Preaching: Daniel Savage
Music Leader: Micah Lansing

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