Getting Ready for Sunday Oct. 5th 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.

Keith Simon this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Getting to the Heart of your Relational Conflict” from 1 Corinthians 3:1–4 and 1:10–17. The Scripture reads,

3:1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”;another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Well, that title and the problems in the Corinthian church (3:3) seem pretty relevant to our lives. We all experience conflict with friends, family, colleagues, neighbors. It can wound us deeply, and its intensity can overwhelm us. How do we get to the bottom of why we have conflict? What does God have to say about this?

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

How Great Thou Art [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody; arranged by Page CXVI

Holy, Holy, Holy (Lord God, Almighty) [lyrics; listen] – words by Reginald Heber; music by John Dykes

O Help My Unbelief [lyrics; listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Justin Smith

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

Gloria [lyrics and listen] – by Chad Gardner (King’s Kaleidoscope)

Doxology [lyrics and listen] – words by Thomas Ken; music from Old 100th, Genevan Psalter, attributed to Louis Bourgeois; arranged by David A. Cover and Christine Cover

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

See you on Sunday!

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