How to Prepare for Sunday Jan. 12th at The Crossing

On Fridays we post a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

On Sunday Dave Cover will continue our series in Exodus with the sermon, “The Fight of Your Life” from Exodus 17:8–16. The Scripture reads,

8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
14 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”
15 Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the LORD, the LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

When we read and hear the Bible it’s important that we don’t overlook its strangeness. There are places where the teachings or the stories or the commands sound weird to our ears. Rather than simply turn off at that point, we should take it as a chance to hear what God has to say to us, to recognize that our perspective is not perfect, and that he is working to transform us.

This battle story is precisely one of those times—why does Moses climb up on the hill and hold up his hands? And why the drama about whether Moses can keep his hands up? What might God be saying about how he works, about who we are and what our lives look like, through this unusual story? Join us on Sunday to learn about the battle of your life.

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music).

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

Behold Our God [lyrics and listen] – Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge

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

The Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

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

Behold the Lamb of God [lyrics and listen] – Cam Huxford

Revelation Song [lyrics; listen] – Jennie Lee Riddle

See you on Sunday!

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