This Sunday

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Livestream for Sunday, July 12th, 2020:

Song – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, Bob Kauflin)

Come Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of thy redeeming love!

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that Day when, freed from sinning,
I shall see thy lovely face
Full arrayed in blood-washed linen,
how I’ll sing thy sovereign grace!
Come my Lord, no longer tarry,
Bring thy promises to pass
For I know thy power will keep me
‘till I’m home with thee at last!
Public Domain; 4th verse Bob Kauflin; CCLI#1291654

Song – O Great God (Bob Kauflin)

O great God of highest heaven, occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme; Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain that resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me;
Make me Yours forevermore!

I was blinded by my sin; Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within; Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life! Opened up Your Word to me;
Through the gospel of Your Son,
Gave me endless hope and peace!

Help me now to live a life that’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul from the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised with my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven, glorify Your Name through me!

You are worthy to be praised with my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven, glorify Your Name through me!
Music and words by Bob Kauflin. Based on The Valley of Vision prayer “Regeneration.” © 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches

Song – In The Light (Charlie Peacock)

I wanna be in the light as You are in the light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
Lord be my light and be my salvation
All I want is to be in the light
©1991 Sparrow Song

Scripture Reading – 1 John 1:5-7

Song – To You I Come (David Attebery)

To You I come (echo)
To be made holy (echo)
To You I come (echo)
I know I’m not worthy (echo)
Consuming fire, burn away all that is dirty,
And bringing you shame;
To You I come

To You I come (echo)
To be forgiven (echo)
You know me well (echo)
The life I’ve been living (echo)
Lord of all Lords, conquer the sin that is reigning
And causing this pain;
To You I come

To You I come (echo)
Merciful Savior! (echo)
To You, my God (echo)
The only Redeemer (echo)
My life is yours!
Conform me to the likeness of the Son
To You I come…
©1997 David Attebery

Song – Only a Holy God (Michael Farren, Jonny Robinson, Dustin Smith, Rich Thompson)

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven?
Who else could make every king bow down?
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles?
Only a Holy God!

What other beauty demands such praises?
What other splendor outshines the sun?
What other majesty rules with justice?
Only a Holy God!

Come and behold him, the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy! Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!

What other glory consumes like fire?
What other power can raise the dead?
What other name remains undefeated?
Only a Holy God!

Come and behold him, the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy! Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!

Who else could rescue me from my failing?
Who else would offer his only Son?
Who else invites me to call him Father?
Only a Holy God!
Only my Holy God!

Come and behold him, the One and the only!
Cry out, sing holy! Forever a Holy God;
Come and worship the Holy God!
© 2016 CityAlight Music; CCLI #7073332

Pastoral Prayer – 

Sermon Series: Romans – The Glorious Gospel of Christ

Christians Live in the Light (Romans 13:11-14)

Paul is teaching us how Christians live. We’ve looked at our duty towards government (vs1-7) and our call to love one another (vs8-10). But our focus on love does not mean it is ok to sin. God calls his people to holiness, to live in the light!

I. What We Know: Understand the Time (v11-12a).Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep” (v11a).

“Besides this,” or “do this,” referring to all the instructions he has given us so far (since ch12 – Moo) with a spiritual understanding of the time. As we live out the faith, we do it with knowledge that God has given us about the time. “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times” (Matt 16:1-4).

“You know the time, that the hour has come…” – what do we know about the time, since Christ’s coming?

Our Knowledge Should Affect the Way We Live. “…the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand…” (v11b-12a).

We are running out of time to serve our Savior-King! We have no time to waste! “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).

II. What We Do: Walk in the Light (v12b-14). Paul calls us to action! “So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (v12b).

Paul’s Metaphor – taking off the old, dirty clothes, and putting on the new, clean clothes.

Paul’s Examples (v13). Three sets of examples for us of the kinds of things we must hate and throw off as darkness. These are things that are not compatible with Christianity. He calls us to “walk properly as in the daytime.”Proper –  fitting, or appropriate.

(1) Wild Parties. “not in orgies and drunkenness”

(2) Sexual Sins. “not in sexual immorality and sunseuality”

(3) Sins That Tear Apart the Community (Schreiner). “not in quarreling and jealousy”

Quarrelling” (Greek eris) – strife, dissension, conflict, to speak discord, to argue.

The Scriptures are full of other passages that teach just what Paul is saying here (Jesus in Matthew 24:45-51; Peter in 1 Peter 4:3-5; Paul in 1 Thess 5:5-9; Eph 5:3-14).

Paul’s Remedy (v14). “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” It always goes back to the gospel. It goes back to Jesus!

What does it mean to put on Christ? Believers are already in Christ, from the moment we are born again (see Rom 6:1-4; Gal 3:27). But now we are to walk it out each day by looking afresh to Jesus Christ in faith, trusting in his work for us on the cross, in the power of his resurrection, and the assurance of his priestly work in the presence of God in heaven for us right now.

Make NO provision for the flesh – no plan, no chance, no thought, to fulfilling the desires of sin. The gospel calls us to leave all and follow Jesus; to give ourselves fully and completely to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Apply God’s Word:  God’s word is calling us to wake up! To throw open the windows, raise up the blinds, and let in the light! We are not of the darkness around us; we are children of the light. God calls us to reject sin, to throw it off, and to walk out the faith together in the beauty of holiness. We will stumble and fall, but we repent again, look to Jesus, and get back up. We help each other in the church to walk in the light.

Are you living as a drowsy Christian? Wasting your days on foolishness? Wake up!
Have you let the darkness in? Allowing things in your life that are inappropriate for the people of God? Throw it out!

Are you giving place to sins of the heart that work against the unity of the church?Bring it to the cross! Get things right!

Let us serve the Lord Jesus with all our hearts, while we have time. Let us walk in the light, for the glory of God!

Song – There is Power in the Blood (Lewis Jones)

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood!
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood!

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood!
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide –
There’s wonderful power in the blood!

There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the blood of the Lamb!
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb!

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood!
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful power in the blood!

There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the blood of the Lamb!
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb!

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood!
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful power in the blood!

There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the blood of the Lamb!
There is power, power, wonder-working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb!
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