Worship Preparation: July 9, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Read the sermon text: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Read the sermon summary: From a young age, we learn to rebel against rules. Rules feel stifling and constraining. It’s true that some rules are oppressive. But some rules flow from love. Consider a family’s house rules. No hitting. No talking back or yelling. Pick up after yourself. Rules like these aren’t designed to suppress individual personalities, but rather to protect one another. And in this passage, Paul continues to apply the principle of love to the church’s corporate gatherings. Everything must be done for the purpose of building up. Everything must be done in an orderly manner. Everything must be done according to the revelation that God has given. Far from constraining our worship, these rules free us to worship God according to his will. Consider Jesus. We would all say he lived a life of love and worship to God, and it was precisely because he was completely obedient to the Father. He “followed the rules” for us and then was prosecuted as a law-breaker in our place. And now Christ calls us to joyful obedience in the church. God hasn’t designed these “rules” in order to oppress us, but in order that his word would be clearly proclaimed and his church built up in Christ.

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

The Church's One Foundation (Aurelia)
The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord
She is His new creation
By water and the Word
From heav'n He came and sought her
To be His holy bride
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died

Elect from every nation
Yet one o'er all the earth
Her charter of salvation
One Lord one faith one birth
One holy name she blesses
Partakes one holy food
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued

'Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won
O happy ones and holy
Lord give us grace that we
Like them the meek and lowly
On high may dwell with Thee

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed
By schisms rent asunder
By heresies distressed
Yet saints their watch are keeping
Their cry goes up how long
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song

CCLI Song # 55377
Samuel John Stone | Samuel Sebastian Wesley
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Congregation


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