Sermon Recap Vol. 1.39

FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR

Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven

Verse 1

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; 
To His feet thy tribute bring. 
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 
Who like me His praise should sing? 
Praise Him, praise Him, 
praise Him, praise Him, 
Praise the everlasting King.

Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! 

The Sunday Recap is a brief fly-by of what we did during Sunday worship. Did anything land with you from worship on Sunday? What did it make you think? How did it make you feel? What did you find especially sweet or challenging from God's word? What did we sing, read, or pray that left an impression on you?

Food For Thought:

It is by beholding the glory of Christ by faith that we are spiritually edified and built up in this world, for as we behold His glory, the life and power of faith grow stronger and stronger. It is by faith that we grow to love Christ. So if we desire strong faith and powerful love, which give us rest, peace and satisfaction, we must seek them by diligently beholding the glory of Christ by faith. In this duty I desire to live and to die. On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy. – John Owen

Confession of Sin:

Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, your love brings life to dead souls, light to darkened minds, and strength to weak wills.  Depending on our own strength we stumble; proclaiming our own goodness we sin; glorying in our own righteousness we corrupt everything we touch; indulging in self-pity we blind ourselves to the needs of those around us. Help us to believe and trust that no wrong we have done, and no good we have failed to do, is too great for you to forgive through the merits of Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.
 
Words of Grace
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
 
Romans 3:21-24

Confession of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism (1646)

Q. 38. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
 
A. At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.

Guest Preacher: Mark Gignilliat

This week we had Mark Gignilliat preaching. Mark is an Associate Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Below you will find a link to his sermon and the passage from which he preached.

Listen To This Week's Sermon: "Weddings, Wine, and the Savior of the World"

Sermon Text: John 2:1-12
1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
 
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
 
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

Reflection Questions

  1. What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from this passage?
  2. What questions does this passage raise for you?
  3. Was there anything that bothered you?
  4. How would you describe the glory of Jesus from this passage?
  5. What's one thing you could ask Jesus to do in your life that you see him do in this passage?

Suggested Resources:
Why does the Gospel fall flat with me? Why do I continue to struggle with insecurity and feelings of inadequacy? Why do I never seem to change? Why do I live with a prevailing sense of guilt and shame? Have you ever asked any of those questions? What would be a question you might add to that list? Without minimizing the complexity of those questions, the Bible's answer to all of those questions and countless more begins with the central truth we find in 1 John 4:9-10.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to bethe propitiation for our sins.

Do you live through him? How do you do that? It all begins with the cross of Christ. His self-substitutionary sacrifice. Do you know this love? Does it saturate your daily experience? If not where might you begin to turn that ship. Let me suggest to you a slow, thoughtful read of this book.

Songs for this week:
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Come, Holy Ghost 
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
The King of Love My Shepherd Is 
Jesus, Lead Us with Thy Power 

Sermon passage for this week: John 6:25-44

Until next time,

Will

Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven

Verse 4

Fatherlike He tends and spares us; 
Well our feeble frame He Knows. 
In His hands He gently bears us, 
Rescues us from all our foes. 
Praise Him, praise Him, 
praise Him, praise Him, 
Widely as His mercy goes.