This Sunday

Livestream for Sunday, September 27th:

Song – Christ Is Enough (Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan)

Christ is my reward, and all my devotion;
Now there’s nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy.
Through every trial, my soul will sing;
No turning back, I’ve been set free!

Christ is enough for me!
Christ is enough for me!
Everything I need is in You,
Everything I need!

Christ my all in all, my joy and my salvation!
And this hope will never fail;
Heaven is our home!
Through every storm my soul will sing;
Jesus is here; to God be the glory!

Christ is enough for me!
Christ is enough for me!
Everything I need is in You,
Everything I need!

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
The cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back
The cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back

Christ is enough for me!
Christ is enough for me!
Everything I need is in You,
Everything I need!
©2012 Hillsong Music Publishing

Song – Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor (Matt Boswell, Matt Papa)

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
In the fury of the storm;
When the winds of doubt blow through me,
When my sails have all been torn.
In the suffering, in the sorrow,
When my sinking hopes are few;
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
While the tempest rages on;
When temptation claims the battle,
And it seems the night has won.
Deeper still then goes the anchor,
Though I justly stand accused;
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
Through the floods of unbelief;
Hopeless somehow, O my soul, now,
Lift your eyes to Calvary.
This my ballast of assurance,
See his love forever proved.
I will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.

Christ the sure and steady anchor,
As we face the wave of death;
When these trials give way to glory,
As we draw our final breath.
We will cross that great horizon,
Clouds behind and life secure;
And the calm will be the better,
For the storms that we endure
And the calm will be the better,
For the storms that we endure

Christ the sure of our salvation,
Ever faithful, ever true!
We will hold fast to the anchor,
It shall never be removed.
© 2014 Messenger Hymns; Love Your Enemies Publishing

Scripture Reading –

Song – Christ is Mine Forevermore (Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson)

Mine are days that God has numbered,
I was made to walk with Him
Yet I look for worldly treasure,
And forsake the King of kings
But mine is hope in my Redeemer,
though I fall his love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing;
I am his forevermore.

Mine are tears in times of sorrow;
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel,
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted;
Christ completes his work in me

Mine are days here as a stranger,
Pilgrim on a narrow way
One with Christ, I will encounter
Harm and hatred for his name
But mine is armor for this battle,
Strong enough to last the war
And he has said he will deliver
Safely to the golden shore.
And mine are keys to Zion City,
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its Treasure:
Christ is mine forevermore!

Come rejoice, now, O my soul;
For his love is my reward!
Fear is gone and hope is sure;
Christ is mine forevermore!
(Repeat)

And mine are keys to Zion City,
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its Treasure:
Christ is mine forevermore!
Christ is mine forevermore!
Christ is mine forevermore!
©2015 CityAlight Music; CCLI: 7036096

Song – It Is Well with My Soul (Horatio Spafford, Phillip Bliss)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well (it is well), with my soul (with my soul);
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well (it is well), with my soul (with my soul);
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well (it is well), with my soul (with my soul);
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
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Sermon – Gospel Prayer, Part 2: Your Will Be Done  Romans: The Glorious Gospel of Christ

Text: Romans 15:30-33
Context: Paul is asking the Roman Christians for both their financial support and their prayers. Today, we will focus on Paul’s specific prayer requests, and see how they unfolded in the rest of the story in the Book of Acts. The main idea is that Paul asks for specific requests about his upcoming ministry and plans, but he also demonstrates a surrender to God’s will being done, not his. We learn that prayer is not about changing God’s mind, or trying to manipulate him to do things our way; prayer is about changing us and bringing us to peace with God’s will.

I. Paul’s Prayer Requests. “strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf” (v30). Paul makes three very specific prayer requests, so the Roman believers can join him in ongoing prayer.

 1. Rescued from Jewish Unbelievers (v31a). “that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea…”

 2. Received by Jewish Believers (v31b). “…and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints…

3. Refreshed in Rome (v32). “…so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.”

God’s Will. All of Paul’s specific requests for prayer are given with this great disclaimer: “by God’s will.”

God’s Answers. “Yes” is not the only kind of answered prayer! “No,” is an answered prayer. The answer was “No.” “Not now” is answered prayer. “Yes, but not in the way you think” is an answered prayer.

II. God’s Providential Answers. We actually get to see how God answered Paul’s prayer requests! The end of the book of Acts shows us what happened after Paul made these requests to the Romans.

God’s providence refers to his rule over all of his creation, and how he unfolds history according to his will. When we pray, we see how God answers in his providence by what he allows to unfold in our lives.

Let’s look at God’s providential answers to Paul’s prayer requests:
1. Paul’s Awareness and Attitude. The book of Acts shows us that, as Paul begins to make this long journey to Jerusalem, he has an awareness that not everything is going to be fun; but he has an attitude of submission to God, a willingness to suffer for the sake of Christ:
• Acts 20:22-24. “And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
• Acts 21:4. “And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.”
• Acts 21:8-14. “On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9He had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied. 10While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” 12When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.

2. Paul Received by Jewish Believers. Acts 21:17-20 shows us that Paul was indeed welcomed by the church in Jerusalem. And Acts 24:17 also seems to indicate that his collection was received by the saints. This seems to be a “Yes” answer to Paul’s 2nd prayer request.

3. Paul Rescued from Jewish Unbelievers…But  Acts 21:26-chapter 24 gives the story.

Yes, he is rescued from the unbelieving Jews, but he is rescued by “being locked up by the Romans for two years” (Moo)! John Stott writes, “He was rescued three times from lynching (Acts 21:30ff; 22:22ff; 23:10), once from flogging (Acts 22:25ff), and once from a plot to kill him (Acts 23:12ff).” Was his prayer answered? God’s answer seems to have been, “Yes, but not like you think…”

4. Paul Refreshed in Rome…But The final 4 chapters of the book of Acts show us how Paul’s third request – that he arrive in Rome with refreshing enjoyment of the Roman believers – was answered. God uses Paul’s imprisonment by the Romans and Paul’s appeal to Caesar to get him to Rome.

The book of Acts ends with Paul in house arrest in Rome, preaching the gospel to all his visitors: “He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:30-31).

Was this prayer request answered? God’s answer seems to have been, “Yes, but not like you think…” Paul arrived in Rome “about three years later, as a prisoner, and after an almost fatal shipwreck” (Stott).

God’s timing was different from Paul’s. God’s ways were different than Paul’s. But God’s will was done.

Apply God’s Word: God is not bound or obligated to answer our prayers the way we think, according to our timetable, or in an easy, safe way. He may completely upend our lives. He may lead us through inconvenience, suffering, and even death. But he has a good plan.
Our responsibility is to keep praying (and including others in these prayers), to keep obeying, yielding to God’s will, trusting his heart.

Prayer is the crucible where we learn to submit to God’s will, and arrive at peace with him and his plan for us. Prayer is not about changing God, but changing us. It is not about making God do our will, but bringing us to the place where we yield to his will. Through prayer, we learn to know and enjoy God, and to trust him. Through prayer, we lay down control of our lives, receiving peace and joy in the Lord and his kind control.

Jesus taught us to pray that God’s will be done (Matt 6:10), and this is just what he prayed for himself as he faced the cross (Mat 26:39-46). In his humanity, he wrestled in prayer, yielded to the will of God, and then walked in obedience, right into the suffering of the cross, that saves us who believe.

Let us learn to lay it down in prayer. God’s will be done! What does he want you to lay down today?

Song – All Glory Be to Christ (Dustin Kensrue)

Should nothing of our efforts stand,
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house,
In vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain,
Tell me what is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn;
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ, our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing;
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done, His kingdom come,
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread,
Praise Him the Lord of love
Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price;
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet;
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ, our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing;
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I AM,
The Faithful and the True
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new.
Behold, our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall e’er His people be;
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ, our King
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!
©2012 We Are Younger We Are Faster (ASCAP)/Dead Bird Theology (ASCAP); Music: Scottish Traditional; CCLI Song #7008232