Preparing for Worship: January 26, 2020

Text: Romans 5:1–5
Title: “The Joy of Peace With God”

The knowledge of salvation’s security allows for the celebration of salvation’s promises. Justification by faith, and peace with God, provides the believer a unique joy that is present, whether in considering future glory or the many trials that belong to this age. That joy will be the focus of our study this Lord’s Day.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. New Again
  2. Man of Sorrows
  3. Blessed Are All (Only in Jesus)
  4. Not in Me
  5. Our Great God
  6. Lord, I Need You
  7. Thou Lovely Source of True Delight
  8. Grace Greater than All Our Sin

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Preparing for Worship: January 12, 2020

Text: Romans 5:1–2
Title: "The Certainty of Salvation"

Having established that salvation is by grace alone, and that justification is by faith, Paul now turns to an enormous result of that justification.

For four chapters (Rom 5–8) Paul unfolds the beauty of the unassailable nature of the salvation God has given. He demonstrates that salvation is not only free, it is final, and it results in a hope that will not be disappointed.

This Lord's Day we will examine the first two verses of Romans chapter 5, and we will see that justification results in peace with God.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. Praise to the Lord
  2. Raised to Life
  3. The Solid Rock
  4. Christ is Mine Forevermore
  5. Yet Not I but through Christ in Me
  6. Jesus Lover of My Soul
  7. Be Still My Soul
  8. I Will Be Still
  9. Grace Greater than All Our Sin

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Preparing for Worship: January 5, 2020

Text: Romans 4:9–16
Title: “Abraham—The Father of All Who Believe"

Abraham is the personal example Paul uses to illustrate his teaching on the gospel in Romans 1–3. One of the crucial issues that the early church had to address was whether Gentile believers were to be received as Jewish proselytes (involving circumcision and obedience to the law of Moses), or could Gentiles come directly to God by faith in Christ?

Our text for this Lord's Day makes plain that God designed Abraham to be a model for both Jewish and Gentile believers. He illustrates the unity of the people of God, and the uniqueness of the Lord's church, in the New Covenant.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. Psalm 46
  2. Blessed Are All (Only in Jesus)
  3. Jesus, Thank You
  4. Grace So Glorious
  5. I Will Be Still
  6. Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners
  7. His Mercy is More
  8. Ancient of Days
  9. Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God
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Preparing for Worship: December 29, 2019

Text: Romans 4:1–8
Title: "The Gospel Illustrated"

Paul ends the third chapter of Romans with six questions. Those six questions test our understanding of the gospel. What Paul contends for through those six questions he now demonstrates in a real life. His choice for the illustration is someone whom every Jew would have to concede settles the issue as to how God justifies His people. Paul chooses Abraham.

This Lord's Day we will spend the morning and evening examining Paul's test case. We will see that Paul's gospel is the same good news that all the Old Testament saints trusted in as they looked forward to the coming of Messiah.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. The Solid Rock
  3. We Sing as One
  4. No Greater Aim
  5. All Glory Be to Christ
  6. None But Thee
  7. Jesus Lover of My Soul
  8. Blessed Are All
  9. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
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Preparing for Worship: December 15, 2019

Text: Romans 3:25
Title: "By His Blood"

Last Sunday evening we began answering three questions regarding the propitiation mentioned in Romans 3:25: What is it? How was it accomplished? How is it applied? We first considered "What is it?” last week. This Lord's Day we will see what our text teaches about its accomplishment and application. We will focus on the death of Christ and how His death fulfills the Old Testament witness (3:21) to God's saving work.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. What Child is This
  3. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  4. See the Destined Day Arise
  5. It is Well with My Soul
  6. Jesus, Lover of My Soul
  7. Shine Into Our Night
  8. He Will Hold Me Fast

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Preparing for Worship: December 1, 2019

Text: Romans 3:24
Title: "Jesus Our Redeemer"

This Lord's Day we will consider one of the most beautiful words in all of Scripture. It is the word redemption. It is a word that speaks of deliverance. It is a word that reminds us that our salvation required a payment. While salvation is a free gift to the believing sinner, it was not without cost. This Lord's Day we will be reminded of that great cost, and of why we sing the praises of Jesus our redeemer.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a Spotify playlist here or a Youtube playlist here:

  1. Praise to the Lord
  2. A Day of Glory
  3. O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
  4. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  5. Blessed Are All
  6. None But Thee
  7. Ancient of Days
  8. The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
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