Getting Ready for Sunday Feb. 16th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

On Sunday Dave Cover will continue our series in Exodus with a sermon on the 2nd commandment, “Imagine, . . . No, Don’t” from Exodus 20:4–6. The Scripture reads,

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

We often mix up the first and second commandments: the first says worship only the LORD as God, and the second says don’t create a false image of the LORD. The second tells us how to worship the LORD God, that is, by not making any idol that supposedly represents him.

We’re not so tempted today to carve a statute to represent God, but that doesn’t mean the 2nd commandment doesn’t apply to us. What kind of mental images do we construct of the LORD? What shapes how we think about God? How movies and TV shows talk about him? How we want him to be? Or is it how he has told us about himself in the Bible?

We have the privilege of taking communion this Sunday. Communion is a way that God has given us to be strengthened in our faith, to encounter Christ and trust in his death for our sin. The Apostle Paul tells us we should examine ourselves before we take the bread and wine (1 Cor 11:28). In communion we recognize our sin for what it is and again repent of it and turn to Christ for forgiveness. Take a few minutes before Sunday morning and ask God to show you any areas of sin he wants you to repent of, in order to prepare for communion.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music). We’re singing “It is Finished” for the third time this week. It’s by Dustin Kensrue, the same artist who wrote “Suffering Servant.” It’s a rousing celebration of how Christ has accomplished our salvation. If you get a chance, listen to this song ahead of time, so you’re more ready to sing it on Sunday.

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name [lyrics and listen] – words by Edward Perronet (v.4 by John Ripon); music by Oliver Holden; chorus by Judah Groveman

Nothing but the Blood [lyrics; listen] – Robert Lowry; arranged by Page CXVI

It is Finished [lyrics; listen to the last track in the list] – Dustin Kensrue

You Alone Can Rescue [lyrics and listen] – Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

Revelation Song [lyrics; listen] – Jennie Lee Riddle

See you on Sunday!

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