Getting Ready for Sunday May 17th at The Crossing

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Keith Simon continues our 1 Corinthians series this Sunday with a sermon entitled, “The Power to Live Courageously” from 1 Corinthians 15:30–32. The Scripture reads,

30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”

We face all sorts of challenges and sometimes even dangers in our lives because of the gospel. Maybe not danger to our lives from wild beasts like Paul did. But dangers to our reputation, to our comfort, maybe to our employment, and sometimes maybe even to our safety. How will we face those dangers? Where will we find the courage to live rightly? Join us Sunday to hear from Scripture about the power to live courageously.

In every worship service we rehearse the gospel: we celebrate the greatness and goodness of God, we confess the awfulness of our sin, we receive the assurance of forgiveness in Jesus, and we go out to live in his power. In each case we want to root the gospel in the actual realities and messiness of our lives. When we confess how we have turned away from God, we don’t want just to rehearse platitudes about sin in general, but rather we want to acknowledge some of the real ways we rebel and are broken. Take a few minutes to read our confession for this Sunday so that you can know and agree with it as we recite it.

Leader: Heavenly Father, we confess before you today the weakness of our faith.

All: In good times, we declare boldly that in Jesus we have a sympathetic High Priest,  yet when trials and troubles come, we quickly feel abandoned and alone, convinced that you have forgotten us.

Leader: Instead of drawing near to the throne of grace, full of confidence in your love for us, our hearts are consumed with frustration and fear.

All: We lash out at those closest to us in anger, or withdraw within ourselves to sulk and hide. We run to the idols that promise us immediate escape or relief from our pain.

Leader: We quickly forget that our merciful High Priest has ascended into heaven in triumph and intercedes for us there.

All: As a result, we do not depend on you for the resources that we need in our weakness;  we do not honor and revere you as the all-wise God who orders everything in the universe well, including our trials; and we do not obey you in our hearts or in our lives.

Father, forgive us.

Leader: Spirit of God, bind our hearts to you as we walk through the paths that you have ordained for us.

All: When we suffer, be our vision by strengthening our belief that you always have redemptive purposes in the suffering of your children, as we see so clearly in the cross of Christ.

Leader: Enable us to cry out for wisdom when we lack it, and humble us to see that we lack wisdom often.

All: Grow our faith in the promise that you will not leave us as we pass through troubled waters, that we will not be burned when we are called to walk through fire, and that we do not need to fear, for you have called us by name; we are yours.

Leader: In Jesus’ name we pray,

All: Amen.

(adapted from Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara Duguid and Wayne Duguid Houk)

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

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery [lyrics and listen] – Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Michael Bleeker

Death in his Grave [lyrics; listen] – John Mark McMillan

Sovereign Over Us [lyrics and listen] – Aaron Keyes, Jack Mooring, and Bryan Brown

We Will Feast in the House of Zion [lyrics and listen] – Sandra McCracken

Unimaginable [lyrics from 1 Corinthians 2:9; listen] – Kristen Camp, Scott Johnson, David A. Cover and Andrew Luley

The Revelation of Jesus Christ [lyrics and listen] – Cam Huxford

See you on Sunday!

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