Getting Ready for Sunday February 5 at The Crossing

This week we continue our sermon series, “Risking Reality,” as Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Keep Christianity Weird” from Hebrews 10:32–39. The Scripture reads,

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
he who is coming will come
and will not delay.”

38 And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

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):

We will sing a new song this week, “Relent.” It’s by Citizens and Saints, a band we’ve been drawing on a lot recently. The lyrics point to the futility of our efforts ultimately to build our own life, and that true life is found only in surrendering and giving our life so that we can receive Christ’s life. Listen and get familiar with it before Sunday so that you’re ready to join in.

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) [lyrics and listen] – Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman

How Great is Our God [lyrics and listen] – Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash

Doubting Doubts [lyrics and listen] – Nathan Furtado, Spencer Abbott, Adam Skatula, Brian Eichelberger & Zach Bolen

Abide [lyrics; listen] – Liz Vice

Relent [lyrics and listen] – Adam Skatula, Brian Eichelberger, Nathan Furtado, Spencer Abbott

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken [lyrics; listen] – words by Henry Lyte; music by Bill Moore

See you on Sunday!

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