Getting Ready for Sunday October 2 at The Crossing

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This week we continue our sermon series, “Running the Race of Your Life,” and Dave Cover preaches again from Philippians 3, this time from 3:1–9 in a sermon entitled, “(un)Qualified for the Race.” The Scripture reads,

1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

If the Bible compares our life to a race, what qualifies us to get in the race in the first place? If someone wants to run the Boston Marathon, for example, they can’t just show up and enter. They have to have run a certain time already to qualify. What about the Christian life? Can we just show up and start running? Do we have to qualify somehow? And if so, does that mean it’s really about our own efforts? Join us this Sunday to see just what and how we’re able to run the race.

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):

Salvation’s Tide [lyrics and listen] – Brett Younker, Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Maher

Man of Sorrows [lyrics and listen] – Matt Crocker and Brooke Ligertwood

Nothing but the Blood [lyricsBethel version] – Robert Lowry

No Longer Slaves [lyrics and listen] – Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser

Before the Throne of God Above [lyrics; Citizens and Saints version] – words by Charitie Lee Bancroft; music by Vikki Cook

O Praise the Name (Anástasis) [lyrics and listen] – Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings

See you on Sunday!

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