Preparing for Worship – Aug 16

from Mark Hoffman

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples,

which are not written in this book; but these are written

so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

and that by believing you may have life in his name.  {John 20:30-31}
  As we come together for worship this week, we’ll begin by proclaiming the gospel truth that our sin was Nailed To The Cross, and that by faith in Jesus Christ we have forgiveness and life forevermore. Drawing near to the end of our exploration of John’s Gospel, we’ll get to hear the story of the resurrection once again and return to the great purpose statement found in John 20:30-31. Of the many signs done by Jesus, there is none more significant than the resurrection! We will sing in praise to declare that Christ Is Risen and that he has conquered sin and death Once And For All.
For the month of August, we’ll be giving our Children’s Church volunteers a much deserved break, so all our kids will again remain in the service this week. (Nursery and Toddler ministry is still available.) Pastor Andrew’s message in our Know-Believe-Live series is rooted in John 20 this week, and our sung response is to sing in faith, This I Believe. Concluding our time of gathered worship will be a time of Giving, some brief announcements, and a Benediction.

In terms of the traditional church calendar, we are far removed from Easter. But the glorious truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ reaches far beyond just a day on the calendar. When we come to faith in Christ, we are spiritually regenerated – in other words, we are “born again.” This is a wonderful reality, but physically we still remain in our fallen, fleshly state. Here, then, is the victory of the resurrection! Because Jesus has risen, we live in the confident hope that in him, we will also one day be resurrected. On that great day, we will finally be regenerated both spiritually and physically – having been made fully and completely new by the God who saved us. Allow the message of the Scripture and songs above to fill your heart and mind this week, and come prepared to celebrate “Easter in August” on Sunday!   See you then, friends… Mark