Sunday Recap | May 20, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR

 

Words For Reflection:

The value of faith is not to be found in itself, but entirely and exclusively in its object, namely Jesus Christ and him crucified. To say ‘justification by faith alone’ is another way of saying ‘justification by Christ alone’. Faith is the eye that looks to him, the hand that receives his free gift, the mouth that drinks the living water….

Christianity…is not in its essence a religion at all; it is a gospel, the gospel, good news that God’s grace has turned away his wrath, that God’s Son has died our death and borne our judgment, that God has mercy on the undeserving, and there is nothing left for us to do, or even contribute. Faith’s only function is to receive what grace offers. – John Stott

For next Sunday:

Sermon Text: Genesis 12

Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand - Adoration
Come, Holy Ghost - Adoration
The King of Love My Shepherd Is - Grace
Take My Life and Let It Be - Response
The Christian’s Hope Can Never Fail - Communion
Doxology - Tallis Canon

The Bible Project:

As a way to help you grasp the over-arching story of the Bible, I am going to include each week a link to one of The Bible Project videos that summarizes in a few minutes one book of the Bible.

This week check out the summary of 1 Peter.

If you are looking for help to read the Bible in a more regular way, you may find this approach and this app helpful. 

Suggested Resources:
As part of his "Hymns and Stories" 2018 Tour, Rev. Kevin Twit, pastor/musician and the founder of Indelible Grace Music, will be sharing stories and leading hymns at Red Mountain Church on Saturday, June 2 at 7 PM.  

General Admission tickets are $10. Get your tickets here!

Group discount is available if ordering 4 or more tickets.

Tickets for kids under 10 are free.

Due to limited seating, everyone over 4 yrs must have a ticket. Children under 4 years do not need a ticket.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Singing To God (Psalm 95:1-5)

Nothing But The Blood

Nothing can for sin atone: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
Naught of good that I have done: 
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
O precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow; 
no other fount I know; 
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Bowing Before God (Psalm 95:6-7b)

Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, we confess that we daily sin against you and our neighbors in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions. Our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
 
Words of Grace
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
 
Romans 8:1-4

Hearing From God (Psalm 95:7c-11)

Sunday's Sermon: The Righteousness of God

Sermon Text - Romans 3:21-31

Sermon Outline:
1. The gift of God's righteousness (v. 21-26)
2. The fruit of God's righteousness (v. 27-31)

The Heart of the Message
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is no distinction. God’s good news for the whole world is profoundly inclusive. The only qualification to receive God’s free justification is to admit you have no qualifications. It is a message opposed to the way the world works in every way. In every other part of life we are included and excluded by something we either have or need to have. The good news of grace is it is for all who believe without regard to our past, our future, our successes or our failures. This is the heart of the Christian gospel: free justification found in Christ alone through his redemptive, propitious, blood sacrifice as a gift to all who believe. Jesus has paid what we can’t pay. Jesus has exhausted God’s wrath against our sin. Jesus gave his life for all who believe in him.

Reflection Questions

  1. What features of this passage stand out to you the most? What words or phrases or ideas grab your attention?
  2. How can you make the words “but now” personal to your life especially in the face of lies, temptations, and failures?
  3. How would you describe “free justification” from the way Paul describes the work of Jesus in v. 24-25?
  4. How have you seen God work out his grace in your life with respect to your view of yourself (v. 27-28), your view of others (v. 29-30), or your view of God (v. 31)? Where do you need him to work?

Confession of Faith: The New City Catechism, 2017
 
Q. 20. Who is the Redeemer?
 
A. The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
 
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.