PREPARING TO GATHER > APRIL 10, 2016
Each week, we aim to prepare our hearts before the Lord in anticipation of our worship gathering. We'll post the Scriptures, Big Idea, Songs, and other Reflections that help us enter into worship together - with one heart, one voice, and one mind (Philippians 2:2). Here are some simple ways to prepare your heart...
- READ through the text that will be preached on Sunday. Take a few moments or more to familiarize yourself with it, study, or meditate on it.
- SING, LISTEN, OR READ through the songs that we'll be singing together. Meditate on the truth and substance they instill. Consider the ways of your own heart as you do. This is also a good opportunity to become familiar with new songs in advance of our time together.
- PRAY and ask the Lord to open your heart to Him and to draw you into thoughtful worship as you reflect on who He is, what He's done for us in Jesus, who we are, and what He's called us to do.
WE'RE IN A SHORT SERIES CALLED:
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
SUNDAY'S BIG IDEA:
Repentance of false worship leads to true worship.
True worship leads to increasingly changed hearts.
Changed hearts lead to increasingly changed lives.
Changed lives make the gloriousness of God increasingly visible.
John Piper: Repenting means experiencing a change of mind that now sees God as true and beautiful and worthy of all our praise and all our obedience.
Charles Spurgeon: Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved
Martin Luther: When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.
WILL GOD FORGIVE ME OF REPETITIVE SINS?