Getting Ready for Sunday April 24th at The Crossing

Prepare

Keith Simon picks up our series in the Gospel of John this week with a sermon entitled, “Approval Addicts” from John 12:42–43; 5:44. The Scriptures read,

12:42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

5:44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

We will take communion together this Sunday. God gives us communion to feed our faith, to help us trust in Christ’s death on our behalf. That means we have to reflect on why Christ died for us. We have to look again at ourselves and recognize our sin and ask God for forgiveness. A great way to get ready for communion, therefore, is to take some time this weekend to ask God to show you if there’s any sin in your life that you’re not seeing. Ask him for forgiveness. And if there are things you need to put right, in keeping with repentance, take the time today or this weekend to do that (e.g., Matt 5:23–24).

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

O Worship the King [lyrics; listen; Andrew Camp version (track #2 via Spotify)] – words by Robert Grant and Edward H. Bickersteth (re-worked from lyrics by William Kethe); music by Johann M. Haydn

I Cry to You [lyrics; listen (track #4 via Spotify)] – Andrew Camp

Jesus, Thank You [lyrics and listen] – Pat Sczebel

Lord, I Need You [lyrics and listen] – Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher

King of My Heart [lyrics and listen] – John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

See you on Sunday!

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