Good morning! Welcome to Redeemer Gathered.
We are not called here today by any other than our loving and faithful Father. Let us worship Him as we see how He has pursued us and been faithful even when we are faithless.
Will you read with me:
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
Song: Praise to the Lord (Citizens)
As we come before a Holy God, we see our need of a savior. Our situation is hopeless apart from Christ. Ephesians 2 says this about our state as humans.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Then these beautiful words follow: But God,
Let us take some time to silently confess our sins.This is the good news. We were dead. BUT GOD came to us!
Song: Before the Throne of God Above (Kings Kaleidoscope)
Let’s finish Ephesians 2 together. Think about speaking this to one another as you read it.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
People of God we have been made alive in Christ!
Thanks be to God!
Song: Made Alive (Citizens)
Because of the finished work of Christ we now have peace with God and peace with one another. In the spirit of that peace take some time to greet those around you.
“Peace be with you!”
Song: Abide With Me (Soverign Grace Music)
“The True and Better King”
Pastor Chris Jones
Song: Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go (Ascend the Hill)
Song: Kingdom Come (Elevation Worship)
Seeing what a good and faithful king we have in Jesus, let us commit ourselves to lives full of hope, faith and repentance. And a boldness to share those with our city.
I am called Christian because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing.
I am anointed to confess his name, to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks, to strive with a good conscience against sin and the devil in this life, and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for all eternity.
We call him “our Lord” because—not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood—he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own.
—from Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 32, 34
Go in grace and peace on mission for Jesus