07.16.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOYou have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:22-26)

Jesus’ commands not only drive us to despair; they also drive us to doing. The command of Jesus first humbles, but then it lifts. (Dale Brunner)

Here’s the nub of the issue: we must be intentional about reconciliation for it to become a pervasive lifestyle. This can only begin if we find space and time to ponder, to pray, and to discern where it is that we— let me say “you”— need to pursue reconciliation. We must ponder those with whom we are out of sorts, those who are closest to us with whom we are not living fully reconciled lives, and those who may not even know that we are harboring bitterness and resentment. Reconciliation is not likely to be something that happens to us, as it is something we pursue. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Praise the Lord, Evermore (Worship Central)
  • Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)
  • Your Love Awakens Me (Phil Wickham)
  • A Time of Confession
  • Kyrie Eleison (Vineyard)
  • Good, Good Father (Barrett and Tomlin)
  • Announcements & Offering
  • Message (Beyond Anger)

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06.25.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGODo not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)

While some have suggested that Jesus “fulfills” by teaching the true meaning of Torah or by “doing what it says,” the use of this term “fulfill” in Matthew makes the sense of an eschatological completion the most accurate meaning. In summary: to “fulfill” or “complete” means history has come to its fulfillment in Jesus himself— that is, in his life, death, resurrection, and exaltation and in his teachings. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons & Daughters)
  • Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)
  • Prayers of Confessions
  • You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
  • Vocational Commissioning (Donna Wolfe)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Abolish or Fulfill)
  • Communion

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06.18.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOYou are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

When Jesus calls his disciples ‘the salt,’ instead of himself, this transfers his efficacy on earth to them. He brings them into his work. The call of Jesus Christ means being salt of the earth or being destroyed (Bonhoeffer)

Jesus is looking for people He can trust with His power and authority. (Dallas Willard)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Great Are You, Lord (Al Sons & Daughters)
  • Here for You (Maher and Redman)
  • Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)
  • Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Salt & Light)
  • O This God (Matt Redman)

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06.11.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOBlessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12)

I not only beseech but exhort the rest of you … If the battle shall call you out, if the day of your contest shall come, engage bravely, fight with constancy, as knowing that you are fighting under the eyes of a present Lord, that you are attaining by the confession of His name to His own glory; who is not such a one as that He only looks on His servants, but He Himself also wrestles in us, Himself is engaged, Himself also in the struggles of our conflict not only crowns, but is crowned. But if before the day of your contest, of the mercy of God, peace shall come, let there still remain to you the sound will and the glorious conscience ready to endure suffering. (Bishop Cyprian, mid-3rd-century AD)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Desire (Ryan Adams)
  • Come Thou Fount (traditional)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Video: Spirit (Fllodgate Productions)
  • Fullness (Elevation Church)
  • Vocational Commissioning (Tadd Laughlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Double Down)
  • Prayer for Persecuted People
  • Christ Is Enough (Hillsongs)

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06.04.17 Worship Confessional

index“If we play the game the right way, we’ll be fine’’ (Coach Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh Penguins)

“The real work of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about you.“ (Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved)

“Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift.“ (Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Homecoming)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Look to the Son (Hillsong)
  • God and God Alone (Steven Curtis Chapman)
  • Good, Good Father (Housefires)
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Graduation Celebration
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Play the Game the Right Way, Doug Smith)
  • Awakening (Chris Tomlin)

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