Preparing for Sunday - January 14, 2017

Hey Shoreliners!

Charles Spurgeon had this to say on worship: “The best worship that we ever render to God is far from perfect. Our praises, how faint and feeble they are! Our prayers, how wandering, how wavering they are! When we get nearest to God, how far off we are! When we are most like Him, how greatly unlike Him we are!”

Spurgeon captured our sinful state so accurately, our worship will never be perfect until our faith has become sight in heaven. We get a glimpse of our future as we study the book of Revelation - Jesus is coming again! He is the perfect, sovereign King. Let’s cast our thoughts to the future as we sing this Sunday.

Check out the songs:

1.   The Lion and the Lamb - Leeland

Fresh off our study of Revelation chapter one, this song echoes those verses by proclaiming so many great truths about our Savior. He will come on the clouds, His blood breaks the chains, He is the King of Kings, the Lion of Judah, and every knee will bow before Him. No one can stop Him!

2.   This is Amazing Grace - Phil Wickam

This continues with the theme of Christ’s work “breaking the power of sin and darkness”, but also focuses on the “amazing grace” of our Lord. He took our place, bore our sin on the cross and brings order and meaning to the great questions of life. He is worthy!

3.   O Church Arise - Keith & Kristyn Getty

We introduced this song last week to correspond with our study in Revelation. I love the songs written by the Getty’s - they are original both lyrically and musically. This is a great battle-cry song for us as a church. It encourages us to be rooted in scripture, to take up our spiritual weapons and stand for truth. We are His radiant bride, we must “arise for the risen Son!”

4.   Cornerstone - Hillsong

As we finish our time of singing and prepare to hear from His word, we’ll praise our Savior for being the chief cornerstone, the hope of our salvation, the rock on which we stand. He is Lord of all!

5.   My Jesus, I Love Thee - William Ralph Featherstone

This week we’ll be learning from the church in Ephesus. Our Lord’s main rebuke is that they had lost their first love. This hymn exhorts us to love our Savior for the work of salvation, through every stage of life, and ultimately loving him perfectly when we see Him face to face.  May we as a church not forsake our first love!