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Preparing for Worship: January 7, 2018

Text: Mark 9:42-50
Title: “The Children of God in This World”

Anyone who thinks soundly in this world will never confine their thoughts to this world. Sound thinking will make eternity the preeminent focus and emphasis of your brief lifespan. And that sober way of thinking will not be confined to your own soul alone; you will also give thought to the souls of others.

This Lord’s Day we will be reminded of that point. Christ instructs His disciples about the seriousness of life in this world, and the preciousness of the soul. We will examine our verses under the following headings:

     I. THE SERIOUSNESS OF OUR INFLUENCE ON THE SOULS OF OTHERS (v. 42)
     II. THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CHOICES THAT INFLUENCE OUR OWN SOUL (vv. 43-49)
     III. THE SERIOUS COMMITMENTS OF GOD’S CHILDREN CONSIDERING THESE INFLUENCES (v. 50)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. The Solid Rock
  2. It is Well with My Soul
  3. O Great God
  4. God of this Restless Heart
  5. Abide with Me

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Preparing for Worship: December 31, 2017

Text: Mark 9:38-41
Title: “Narrower than Jesus”

Guarding sound doctrine and watching out for spiritual wolves is a responsibility given to spiritual leaders. There is a danger, however, that all believers face when we think about discernment. It is the danger of developing a mindset that lacks generosity and practices a proud exclusiveness in ministry that displeases Christ. 

This Lord’s Day we will listen as Christ takes a question from the apostle John and turns it into an opportunity to teach His men about generosity in ministry. May the Lord teach us to be careful and faithful, but not proud.

     I.   A NARROW VIEW OF FELLOWSHIP (v. 38)
     II.  A BROADER VIEW OF FELLOWSHIP (vv. 39-40)
     III. AN ETERNAL VIEW OF FELLOWSHIP (v. 41)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Song of Moses
  2. He Who is Mighty
  3. Christ is Mine Forevermore
  4. We Sing as One
  5. All Glory Be to Christ

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Preparing for Worship: December 24, 2017

Text: Mark 9:30-37
Title: “God’s True Children and True Greatness”

Against the most sobering backdrop imaginable—Christ’s teaching about His own death—the disciples were having an argument about greatness. They were arguing about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus took their argument as an opportunity to teach them about greatness. In that lesson, He also taught them about what God produces when He brings anyone into His kingdom. This Lord’s Day we hear Christ as He teaches us about God’s true children and what is true greatness in God’s sight.

     I. THE AIM OF JESUS (vv. 30-32)
     II. THE AMBITION OF THE DISCIPLES (vv. 33-34)
     III. THE ATTITUDE THAT BELONGS TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD (vv. 35-37)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. O Holy Night
  2. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  3. In Christ Alone
  4. O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
  5. In the Name of God

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Preparing for Worship: December 17, 2017

Text: Mark 9:14-29
Title: “A Powerful Lesson in Faith”

This Lord’s Day we witness a desperate father seeking deliverance for his son. From the time his only son was a child (Luke 9:38), he had been tormented by a demon. When the man went to seek Jesus, he found the nine disciples who were not with Christ at His transfiguration. The result of those disciples’ inability to cast out the demon was an encounter with Jesus that imparted powerful lessons about faith. We will examine the miracle under six headings:

  1. CONTROVERSY AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN (vv. 14-16)
  2. FAILURE IN A CONFRONTATION WITH EVIL (vv. 17-18)
  3. REBUKE FOR AN UNBELIEVING GENERATION (vv. 19)
  4. COMPASSION FOR A TROUBLED FATHER (vv. 20-24)
  5. DELIVERANCE BY A POWERFUL SAVIOR (vv. 25-27)
  6. INSTRUCTION FOR THE MINISTRY OF DISCIPLES (vv. 28-29)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. A Day of Glory
  2. What Child is This
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  5. Psalm 126

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Preparing for Worship: December 10, 2017

Text: Mark 9:9-13Title: “After Glory”

Most believers have had a special time in their Christian life that they might refer to as a “mountain top experience.” Maybe it was a weekend retreat, or a ministry camp, or just a specially impacting worship service. It is safe to say, however, that none of us has ever had a mountain top experience like Peter, James, and John when they witnessed the transfiguration. Those three men received a glimpse of kingdom power. They experienced the glory of God’s Son, veiled in humanity, unveiled before their eyes. This Lord’s Day we meet with the instruction that followed that experience. We listen as Jesus teaches His disciples immediately after the glorious experience. What they hear won’t fully dawn on them until after the cross and the resurrection, when they will be prepared to process the message of the transfiguration.

Last week we looked at:

          I. THE SETTING 
          II. THE SIGHT
          III. THE SKITTISH RESPONSE
          IV. THE SINGULAR FOCUS

This week we will examine:

          V. THE SILENCE (vv. 9-10)
          VI. THE SEARCH FOR CLARITY (vv. 11-13)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  3. His Mercy is More
  4. O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer

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Preparing for Worship: December 3, 2017

Text: Mark 9:1-13
Title: “The Glory of the King”

Jesus told the crowd and His disciples that some of them would not taste death until they had seen the kingdom of God in its power (9:1). In our verses for this Lord’s Day, we are told of something astounding that three of Christ’s disciples saw just six days later. Peter, James, and John, saw Jesus transfigured. Those men received a view of the glory of Israel’s King unveiled. We will examine what they saw and consider what it meant for them, and what it means for us.

  1. THE SETTING (v. 2)
  2. THE SIGHT (vv. 2b-4)
  3. THE SKITTISH RESPONSE (vv. 5-6)
  4. THE SINGULAR FOCUS (vv. 7-8)
  5. THE SILENCE (vv. 9-10)
  6. THE SEARCH FOR CLARITY (vv. 11-13)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come All Ye Faithful
  2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  3. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  4. What Child is This?
  5. My Soul Longs for the Lord

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Preparing for Worship: November 26, 2017

Text: Mark 8:34-38
Title: “Count the Cost”

Jesus Christ was crystal clear about what it means to be His disciple. He was not only clear about His own identity and the mission He came to accomplish, He was also clear about what true belief in Him resulted in. Those who believe Him follow Him, and the choice to follow Him must not be considered lightly. Christ said his followers must “deny” themselves, and “lose” their lives for his sake. In other words, Christ made it a deliberate decision. He challenged people that way.

This Lord’s Day we are going to consider what Jesus stresses when He addressed those who desired to be His followers. We will consider three vital answers to questions about following Jesus:

  1. WHAT IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW JESUS? (v. 34)
  2. WHAT IS CONSIDERED WHEN FOLLOWING JESUS? (vv. 35-37)
  3. WHAT IS EMBRACED WHEN FOLLOWING JESUS? (v. 38)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Praise to the Lord
  2. A Day of Glory
  3. No Greater Aim
  4. Be Still My Soul

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Preparing for Worship: November 19, 2017

Text: Mark 8:31-33
Title: “The Great Correction”

In our last study in Mark’s gospel account, we met with Peter’s great confession. We noted that a believing confession is the result of God’s grace. Regeneration explains saving faith.

This week we will be reminded that the same God who brings us to Himself then goes on teaching us about Himself. That is what we see in our text for this Lord’s Day. When Jesus begins to teach His disciples what it means that He is the Christ (as Peter had just confessed), Peter reveals that he still needs to learn about what he has embraced. Peter’s misunderstanding meets with rebuke, and the result of this correction is a view of the great mercy and grace extended to those whom the Father teaches about His Son.

We will examine our verses under four headings.

  1. THE GREAT CONFESSION (review vv. 27-30)
  2. THE GREAT TEACHER (vv. 31-32a)
  3. THE GREAT CONFUSION (v. 32b)
  4. THE GREAT CORRECTION (v. 33)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. A Day of Glory
  3. He Who is Mighty
  4. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

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Preparing for Worship: November 12, 2017

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Title: “Biblical Giving”

Biblical giving is a matter of grace (2 For 8:1, 6-7). It is a grace that we all need in order to grow in (2 Peter 3:18). It is also an amazing demonstration of God’s presence and work in His people. This Lord’s Day we examine one of the great passages of the New Testament. It is rich beyond description. We will see 6 principles for Biblical giving.

  1. BIBLICAL GIVING IS A CONDITIONAL GRACE (v. 6)
  2. BIBLICAL GIVING REQUIRES A PERSONAL DECISION (v. 7a)
  3. BIBLICAL GIVING EMBRACES THE MOTIVE THAT GRACE TEACHES (v. 7b)
  4. BIBLICAL GIVING IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF GOD (vv. 8-9)
  5. BIBLICAL GIVING SEES WHAT GOD WILL SURELY PRODUCE (vv. 9-11a)
  6. BIBLICAL GIVING RESULTS IN GOD GLORIFYING PRAISE (v. 11)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come Praise and Glorify
  2. God with us
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. Christ is Mine Forevermore

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Preparing for Worship: November 5, 2017

Text: Mark 8:27-30
Title: Questions and Answers that Reveal Eternity

Who do men say that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is? Who do you say that He is? Those two questions get to the heart of our eternal destiny. How we answer the question of our view of Jesus’ true identity reveals whether we will spend eternity in heaven or hell.

This Lord’s Day we will listen as Jesus quizzes His disciples on that very issue. We will examine the record of that teaching opportunity under five headings:

  1. THE TEACHER’S INITIAL QUESTION (v. .27)
  2. THE DISCIPLE’S INFORMED ANSWER (v. 28)
  3. THE TEACHER’S FOLLOW UP QUESTION (v. 29)
  4. THE SPOKESMAN’S ENLIGHTENED ANSWER (v. 29)
  5. THE MASTER’S WISE CHARGE (v. 30)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. His Mercy is More
  2. Jesus Paid it All
  3. In the Name of God
  4. It is Well with My Soul
  5. He Who is Mighty

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