Getting Ready for Sunday May 14 at The Crossing

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “What We Need to Learn from Ronda Rousey” that draws from three biblical passages. They are

1 John 3:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us.

Ephesians 1:13

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.

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):

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

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

Steadfast [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken, Leslie Jordan, and Joshua Silverberg

The Mighty Hand of God [lyrics; listen] – Brian Eichelberger, Cam Huxford, and Zach Bolen

Grace Alone [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

Day by Day (lyrics and listen) – Nathan Furtado, Spencer Abbott, Adam Skatula, Brian Eichelberger & Zach Bolen

See you on Sunday!

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