Getting Ready for Sunday Nov. 16th 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.

Dave Cover this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Owner’s Manual” from 1 Corinthians 6:12–20. The Scripture reads,

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

We continue this week thinking about human sexuality and relationships but taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. Why does God even care about our sex lives? Why does he seem so determined to tell us what to do with our bodies? This passage shows how God’s perspective on sex is tied up with the big story of what he’s doing with us and all of creation, from the very beginning, all the way to the end.

Note: Given the content of this week’s sermon, you may want to consider whether this service is appropriate for your kids (if they typically accompany you to the service).

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

Sanctus [lyrics; listen] – words traditional (1st century); music by Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

Holy (Jesus You Are) [lyrics and listen]– Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, and Jonas Myrin

With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes [lyrics; listen] – words by John Fawcett; music by Clint Wells

Jesus, Thank You [lyrics; listen] – Pat Sczebel

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty

My One Comfort [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

See you on Sunday!

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