Getting Ready for Sunday October 16 at The Crossing

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This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” as Dave Cover preaches a sermon entitled, “Running in the Darkness” from 2 Peter 1:1–12. The Scripture reads,

1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

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):

We debut a new song this week, “Day by Day.” Its lyrics capture well how the race we run is something we take day by day, that over the long haul, slowly but truly, we live by God’s grace and are changed to be more like Jesus. Try to listen to it before Sunday so you can be ready to sing it.

Praise the Lord, All Praise and Blessing [listen] – words by Joel Bloomqvist; music by Matt Scott

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

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

Day by Day (lyrics and listen) – Citizens and Saints

The War is Won [lyrics and listen] – words by Joseph Hart; additional lyrics by Patrick Miller and David A. Cover; music by Christine Cover, Latifah Phillips, David A. Cover, and Greg Wiele

See you on Sunday!

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