Getting Ready for Sunday Mar. 15th 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.

Barry Danylak continues our sermon series in 1 Corinthians this week with a sermon entitled “Remain as You Are!” from 1 Corinthians 7:17–28. The Scripture reads:

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

21 Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 24 Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

Barry is pastor for single adult ministries at Centre Street Church in Calgary (and did his PhD in England alongside Charles Anderson). He will help us think through how God regards singleness and marriage. What gives us status in the world? Is that the same thing that counts in God’s community? Join us on Sunday for a timely, encouraging look at God’s big kingdom vision for how we relate to each other, whether married or single.

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

We sing for the first time this week “Grace Alone,” by Dustin Kensrue (who has written other songs we’ve been doing recently, including, “My One Comfort” and “It is Finished”). It’s a great song that reminds us that God is responsible for our salvation; it’s not our doing. Watch here for Kensrue talking about the song.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing [lyrics; listen] – words by Robert Robinson; music by John Wyeth

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

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – words by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings; arranged by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Grace Alone [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

I’m Yours [lyrics; listen] – Asher Seevinck and Dave Wilton

See you on Sunday!

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