Good morning Church and welcome! In Romans 3, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24, ESV). This morning, John will be talking about one of the ways that our sin is made evident: our tendencies to lash out. Whether in an argument or responding to a way that someone has hurt us, no matter what side of the issue we are on, we all have sin latched on to our hearts. As we worship together today I encourage you to graciously and gently examine the sin that can be found in your own heart, and as we do this together we can surrender these things to the Father knowing that we have already received redemption through Jesus Christ.
Build My Life – Pat Barrett
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad
Today I wanted to begin our time of worship with a reminder of the commitment that we have made to Christ. Though we are human and though we are sinful, when we gave our lives to Christ we made the commitment to obey, to seek, and to follow him. Building our life on the foundation of our savior means committing to turning back to Christ when we realize that we have strayed, and setting our eyes on Christ as firmly as we are able. Let us remember these things not so that we feel ashamed when we fail to live up to our commitment, but so that we may be continuously evaluating our actions and seeking forgiveness and reconciliation from the Father when we stumble or go astray.
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Austin Stone Worship / Stuart Townsend
As Jesus prepared for his own death and crucifixion, he left his disciples with a new task. In John 13, Jesus says “a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, ESV). I pray that we all will take this as our task as well in the coming weeks, that we would remember the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice and the depth of the Father’s love and we would seek to love others in the same way.
Nothing But The Blood – Norton Hall Band / Robert Lowry
Give Thanks To God – Housefires
Let us close our time of worship with the words of Paul in Ephesians 2, who says this:
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and the members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22, ESV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!