Getting Ready for Sunday November 20 at The Crossing

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This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Charles Anderson preaches a sermon entitled, “Gritty Prayer” from Luke 18:1–18. The Scripture reads,

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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

King of My Heart [lyrics and listen] – John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

What a Friend We Have in Jesus [lyrics] ­– Joseph M. Scriven

Give Me Jesus [lyrics; listen] – Matt Stinton

In Christ Alone [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Townend and Keith Getty; additional lyrics and arrangement by Kristian Stanfill

Center My Life [lyrics and listen] – Aaron Ivey and Brett Land

See you on Sunday!

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