Good morning! Welcome to Redeemer Gathered.
We call this a “Gathering” because God has gathered us together as a family. We don’t call this a service because we all have a part to play. We don’t want to simply show up and expect to be served by someone from the stage. We all play a vital role in the gathering and it is important that we participate. As we read through the scriptures and liturgy, we have the opportunity to speak the gospel to one another. In singing together we get to rejoice and respond to these truths in God’s word. This is an opportunity to see how our “theology” (thoughts about God) leads to “doxology” (our worship of God). This gathering is meant to be, not a one-off experience in our week, but an extension of our everyday lives. We gather with believers because the word tells us not to neglect it, because we forget the gospel (and need to be reminded), and because it is a great opportunity to show the world the hope we have in the cross of Christ.
We are here to remember that God is Holy and to see that He is ultimately the one doing the work of gathering us all together. Let us respond to God’s holiness by reading together.
Will you read with me:
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
Song: Praise to the Lord (Citizens)
We are far more sinful than we often admit. Each week, we come before a Holy God and offer our songs of praise and remember the gospel. Let’s take a moment to confess and understand the costliness of our sin that we might grasp a grander view of the greatness of God’s grace in our lives.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
–1 John 1:5-9
Song: Give Me Faith (Elevation Worship)
The good news of the gospel is the forgiveness of sins and the assurance that Christ’s work is finished. Let us proclaim the truth of how much we are loved by our Father in Heaven.
Hear the good news:
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Because of Jesus, you are forgiven!
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
–based on Romans 5:8
Song: How He Loves (John Mark McMillan)
In christ, we have peace with God the Father and with one another. Let’s take a moment to greet one another in the spirit of this peace.
“Peace be with you!”
Song: Abide With Me (MP Jones)
Sermon On The Mount | Perception & Reality
Deacon Matt Fields preaches on Matthew 7:1-6.
Song: Rock of Ages (Brooks Ritter)
Song: As Long As I Live (The Sing Team)
Let us commit to knowing, believing, and living out the hope of the Gospel in our lives.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Song: Hail the King (Citizens)
Go in peace, in the knowledge of God’s power.
Go in confidence, in the knowledge of God’s strength.
Go in joy, in the knowledge of God’s love.
–Worship Sourcebook 9.1.12