This page is updated on Thursdays and intended to help you prepare your heart for our Sunday Gathering.
Use prayer to help guide you through these areas of preparation, and then use the drop-down boxes below to find the sermon text, songs and more!
Confess sin to God and others. Come with a believing heart ready to receive and believe God’s Word. Come ready to engage in fellowship with others.
September 24th: Pastor Rickey Primrose
The New Jerusalem
As you read through the text to prepare for Sunday, pray for the Holy Spirit to open your heart and keep these questions in mind:
• What does this text say about God?
• What does this text say about people?
• How can I apply this text in context?
• How is the Spirit leading me to respond?
• Did these verses raise any questions as I read?
Gratitude: Having a heart of gratitude toward God is one way in which we give Him honor and worship. For most of us, it’s easy to have a heart of gratitude for the good things in life. Or sometimes we may even find ourselves viewing life through “virtual reality” glasses, ignoring the pain and hardship within and around us. But when we look to God’s Word, we see that a heart of gratitude is neither of those extremes. In fact, God tells us to be thankful in all things, even in the midst of hard times. A heart of gratitude is rather an attitude toward God and His goodness in all things. It’s an expression of our thankfulness, trust and satisfaction in God. Grumbling, the opposite of gratitude, is at its root a heart of discontentment and distrust in God. Grumbling in a sense is finding fault in God. “God, You didn’t make the right decision here.” Or “If only I could have this house or this much income, I would be happier.” Most of us probably would never say those exact words, but that is essentially the root of all our grumbling. A heart of discontentment and distrust in God. If you are finding it hard to choose gratefulness over grumbling, I encourage you to renew your mind in what is true about God. Remember all His wondrous works in your life and during the hard times meditate on His character as a caring Father who is just, all knowing and faithful.
“15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17
No Song Highlight This Week
Next date: September 24th
Here are some ways that you can prepare your hearts to sit at the Lord’s Table, which we partake in twice a month together:
Reflect – Reflect on the person and work of Christ.
Meditate on who He is and what He has done.
Examine your heart – Examine your heart and confess any sin or areas of misplaced hope.
Examine your love – Examine your relationships. Is there anyone that you need to reconcile with before taking the Lord’s Supper.
Rejoice – Come with gladness and thanksgiving that God has made you worthy to enter His presence.
September: 2 Cor. 4:5-6
For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.