Sunday P.R.E.P - February 15, 2015
In light of missing worship last week, we are reposting our Sunday PREP post from last week. Please spread the word about this resource to others in our church!
This is the second installment of Sunday P.R.E.P., a weekly tool we are implementing to help you better prepare for corporate worship gatherings at Redemption Hill Church. We pray that as you individually pray, reflect, expect, and pursue, God will prepare you for worship and service as we gather corporately as a church this Sunday.
Take a moment and thank God for who He is: a gracious, loving, and bountifully merciful Father. Praise God for making a way of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Give thanks to our Father that He has saved you in order to make you into a brilliant trophy of His grace to this lost and broken world. Ask God to prepare your heart for the upcoming worship gathering on Sunday, February 8th.
Reflect on the main point from last week’s sermon: Salvation in Christ is greater than we know.
- Do you recognize your desperate need for Jesus Christ? (Eph. 2:1-3)
- Reflect on the merciful, loving, and gracious provision for salvation in Christ. (Eph. 2:4-6)
- Praise God for making you into a trophy of grace through faith in Christ! (Eph. 2:7-10)
Read and Reflect on this Sunday’s text: Ephesians 2:11-22
“Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Not only has God granted us salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, but He has also reconciled us to Himself. Through Jesus Christ, we who were once strangers and aliens of God are brought near to Him! We’re not only brought near to God, but we are also brought near to one another. The dividing walls of this world are destroyed, and God builds us into one new body, the church, for His glory! Take a moment and reflect on the peace you have with God and others through Jesus Christ.
Reflect on the songs we will sing Sunday:
All Creatures of Our God and King – West Coast Revival (Sovereign Grace Music)
Cornerstone – Hillsong
Our God Saves – Paul Baloche
All To Us – Chris Tomlin
Let’s approach this Sunday with great expectation for what God will do! Let’s expect that dividing walls of hostility will be destroyed through the gospel, and expect to be individually used by God to destroy those walls. With this Sunday being Covenant Renewal Sunday, lets look with expectation that God will build and grow His church through membership.
Pursue God through the gospel. “If there’s anything in life that we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel…I mean passionate about thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world. Only one thing can be of first importance to each of us. And only the gospel ought to be.” –CJ Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life, 20-21.
Pursue your church through meaningful membership. We are being built into a living temple for God’s glory. Prepare for covenant renewal Sunday by looking through the RHC Church Covenant.