How to Prepare for Sunday July 7th at The Crossing

On Fridays we’re posting 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.

Ryan Wampler will preach this week from 1 Peter 1:13–25, “The Difference.” Peter in his letter writes, “13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
      and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.”

How do we feel about being different? Some of us relish it, while others of us recoil from it. The Bible calls Christians to be different, but in the right way, and for the right reasons. Is that something we’re prepared to do? If we find it hard to be different, why might that be? Can you recall a time when your Christian faith made you different in a noticeable way from the people around you? What was the impact on you? On them?

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

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

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (lyrics and listen) – words by Edward Perronet (v.4 by John Ripon); music by Oliver Holden; chorus by Judah Groveman

Come Ye Sinners (lyrics) – words by Joseph Hart; music by Christine Cover and Greg Wiele

Nothing but the Blood (lyrics; listen) – Robert Lowry; arranged by Page CXVI

How Great Thou Art (lyrics; listen) – Stuart Hine

Take My Life (lyrics; listen) – words by Francis Havergal; music and additional words by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio; arranged by Andrew Camp

See you Sunday morning.

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