This Sunday

During this season of livestream services only, we will use this page to help you follow along with our online gathering. Livestream services are planned for Wednesdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 10:30 am.

Meadowlake Livestream Online Gathering: Wednesday, April 8

Song – Redeemed (Fanny Crosby)
Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through his infinite mercy; His child, and forever, I am.
Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed; His child, and forever, I am!

Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus; No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of his presence With me doth continually dwell
Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed; His child, and forever, I am!

I think of my blessed Redeemer, I think of him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song! (chorus)
Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed; His child, and forever, I am!

I know I shall see in his beauty the King in whose law I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps, and giveth me songs in the night
Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed; His child, and forever, I am!

Scripture Reading: Psalm 104:31-34 – “May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.”

Praise – Prayer – Share/Pray

The Collection – a Reminder to our members to continue to be faithful with our financial giving during this time. Please mail your checks to Rachel at the address I emailed you. Thank you.

Song – Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor (Matt Bosswell & 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

Teaching God’s Word: Glory Beyond the Suffering

Introduction – It is painfully obvious to us right now that this world is broken. Something is wrong. Everything seems to be falling apart.
What are we to make of this? How does the Bible explain this? What hope does God’s word give us?

5 Bible Truths help us think rightly about the state of the world right now, and what is coming in the future, and what we need to do about it:

Truth 1: God Created the World Without Sin and Suffering. (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31).

Truth 2: God Allowed the World to Fall Through the Sin of Man. The rebellion of our first parents against God, their sin and treachery and disobedience against the word of God, brought the fair and righteous response of God’s judgment on the world.
Consequence for Humanity:
Consequence for Creation: Gen 3:17-18

God’s good and wise reason to allow suffering to happen:
God, in his wisdom, allowed his good creation to be plunged into this state of brokenness in order to maximize his glory and our enjoyment of him on the other side of the suffering!

Truth 3: God Promises to One Day End Sin and Suffering Forever for His People.
2 Peter 3:13 – “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells
“Everything sad will become untrue” (paraphrase of Tolkien)

Truth 4: God Will Accomplish This Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Not by Human Effort.

Truth 5: God Calls His People to Patient Faith and Joyful Hope in this Age of Suffering.
We must look through the pain, to the glory on the other side.

Romans 8:18-30, A Passage of Hope
Rom 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Two ages, two times.

3 Subjects in this Passage (Creation, Believers, & God):

(1) Creation (v19-22): Waiting, Groaning for the new heavens and new earth glory.

(2) Believers (v23-25): Waiting, Groaning for new, glorified bodies.

(3) God (v26-30):
God’s Presence (v26-27). The Holy Spirit groaning with us and helping us!
God’s Promise (v28). All things!
God’s Purpose (v29-30). Transforming us to look like Jesus.

Conclusion

Revelation 21:1-4
The best part: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man” (v3).
The Bible ends with God’s people finally being in the presence of God himself. He is our Treasure. He is our great, all-satisfying joy!

Prayer

Questions for Discussion and Application in Your Home
• Do you tend to think more on the brokenness around you, or on the glory that is coming?
• How is “faith” connected to reminding ourselves of what God has promised for our future? What does having faith in God look like in times of crisis and suffering?
• Are you currently practicing faith by lifting your eyes daily from the craziness around us to the truth of God?
• How does God’s promise of the new heaven and new earth, and new, glorified bodies, help us endure with joy?
• All the glorious promises of God are available to us because Jesus died for us and rose again! How has the gospel given you hope?
• Discuss how knowing suffering can actually make our experience of glory even better on the other side. What would we have missed out on if God had not allowed sin and suffering? How will our enjoyment of God be richer, deeper, and better because of our knowledge and experience of brokenness and sin?
• What can you do, personally, to help your mindset during this time? To enjoy God with peace and joy instead of giving in to worry and anxiety?
• How can we help each other keep a mindset of faith during this time?
• Spend some time in prayer.