On Sunday, December 15, 2019, Kevin Khoffie led worship, Steve Misiano shared a testimony, and Matthew Williams preached the message, “A Word-Shaped Liturgy” as part of our current series, Sunday Matters from Hebrews 10:19-25. Click here for projection from the message. Below are a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week. To listen to this message again, click here.
Prayer of Intercession:
“The Gift of Gifts” from Valley of Vision
O source of all good,
What shall I render to thee for the gift of gifts,
thine own dear Son, Begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
his self-emptying incomprehensible,
his infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.
Herein is wonder of wonders:
he came below to raise me above,
was born like me that I might become like him.
Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to him he draws near on
wings of grace,
to raise me to himself.
Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
he united them in indissoluble unity,
the uncreated and the created.
Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
he came, God-incarnate, to save me
to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.
O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child
to my heart,
embrace him with undying faith,
exulting that he is mine and I am his.
In him thou hast given me so much
that heaven can give no more.
- Do you come to church on Sunday with a sense of eager anticipation?
- Read 1 Peter 2:9. How does God describe believers?
- Matthew said that faith in Christ involves his people and it is inescapably corporate. Is this idea new to you?
- How has gathering with the saints helped you persevere?
- Are you quick to seize opportunities to fellowship on Sunday?
- Does knowing that there is meaning to the order of service help you see Sunday morning as a picture of the gospel?
- If you are consistently late or are an irregular attender, do you realize that these practices are harmful to your soul?