Getting Ready for Sunday Feb. 1st at The Crossing

Prepare

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Keith Simon this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Passionate about Helping People Believe in Jesus” from 1 Corinthians 9:19–23. The Scripture reads,

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Paul made a maximal commitment to do what it took to reach people with the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It meant that he adapted to different people, becoming like them as much as he could, in order to have the chance to tell them about Jesus. What are our comfort zones? How good do we think the good news really is? What might this look like for us? Join us Sunday as Keith helps us explore these kinds of questions.

We’re singing a new song this week, “Almighty God,” which turns us toward him, asks him to know our hearts, to cleanse them, and orient us to himself. Take a look at the lyrics and listen to it before Sunday, if you can.

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

How Great Thou Art [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody; arranged by Page CXVI

God Who Saves [lyrics; listen] – Aaron Senseman

Almighty God [lyrics; listen] – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Sandra McCracken

Gloria [bluegrass version lyrics and listen] – by Chad Gardner (King’s Kaleidoscope);

The Gospel Song [lyrics and listen] – words by Drew Jones; music by Bob Kauflin

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Wonderful Cross) [lyrics and listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Lowell Mason; chorus by Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves

See you on Sunday!

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