This Sunday

Livestream for Sunday, March 7:

Song – I Stand Amazed in the Presence (Charles Gabriel)

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful,
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden,
He prayed: “Not my will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful,
Is my Savior’s love for me!

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered, and died alone.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful,
Is my Savior’s love for me!

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful,
Is my Savior’s love for me!
Public Domain; CCLI #1291654

Song – Forever Reign (Jason Ingram; Reuben Morgan)

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see

You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life
In You death has lost it’s sting

Oh, I’m running to Your arms!
I’m running to Your arms!
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough!
Nothing compares to Your embrace;
Light of the world, forever reign!

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Oh, I’m running to Your arms!
I’m running to Your arms!
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough!
Nothing compares to Your embrace;
Light of the world, forever reign!

My heart will sing no other name:
Jesus, Jesus!
(repeat)

Oh, I’m running to Your arms!
I’m running to Your arms!
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough!
Nothing compares to Your embrace;
Light of the world, forever reign!
Copyright 2010 Hillsong Publishing; CCLI #1291654

Song – Behold Our God (Ryan, Jonathan, & Meghan Baird; Stephen Altrogge)

Who has held the oceans in his hand?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at his voice.
All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God, seated on his throne!
Come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare!
Come, let us adore him!

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of his words?
Who can teach the One who knows all things?
Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?

Behold our God, seated on his throne!
Come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare!
Come, let us adore him!

You will reign forever!
You will reign forever!
You will reign forever! (Let your glory fill the earth)
(repeat)

Who has felt the nails upon his hands,
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal, humbled to the grave,
Jesus, Savior, risen now to reign!

Behold our God, seated on his throne!
Come, let us adore him!
Behold our King, nothing can compare!
Come, let us adore him!
©2011 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI); CCLI #1291654

Scripture Reading – Psalm 63:1-7

Song – Grace (Niki Shepherd, Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson)

Your grace that leads this sinner home
From death to life forever
And sings the song of righteousness
By blood and not by merit

Your grace that reaches far and wide
To every tribe and nation
Has called my heart to enter in
The joy of Your salvation

By grace I am redeemed
By grace I am restored
And now I freely walk into
The arms of Christ my Lord

Your grace that I cannot explain
Not by my earthly wisdom:
The Prince of life, without a stain
Was traded for this sinner

By grace I am redeemed
By grace I am restored
And now I freely walk into
The arms of Christ my Lord

Let praise rise up and overflow
My song resound forever
For grace will see me welcomed home
To walk beside my Savior

By grace I am redeemed
By grace I am restored
And now I freely walk into
The arms of Christ my Lord
2016 CityAlight Music; CCLI #7073330

 

Sermon – The Goal is Gospel Joy (2 Corinthians: A Beautiful Gospel in a Broken World)

Text: 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4

Joy and Pain. This is the real-life story of Joy and Pain in church relationships

JOY – (1:23, 2:2, 2:3, 2:3, 2:3, 2:4); PAIN – (2:1, 2:2, 2:2, 2:3, 2:4, 2:4, 2:4, 2:4).

I. The Pastor’s Duty. In this passage, we catch a glimpse of the difficult duty of a pastor, or church leader.

A. Sparing the Church. Paul wants them to know that the reason he decided not to visit them again as previously planned, was to “spare” them (v23).

He prayerfully decided to give them time to repent first (Calvin). He wrote them the painful, severe letter instead, calling them out for their sin.

Most of the church did repent in response to his letter (see 7:6-9). And at the end of 2 Corinthians, Paul calls the rest of the church to repent as well – he says he will discipline them when he comes if they do not repent (see 13:2).

Paul on Trial

B. Working for Joy. Paul explains the nature of his authority over them. But he and his team do not “lord it over your faith…for you stand firm in your faith.”

Instead, “we work with you for your joy.”

This is the goal for pastors and elders and leaders in the church!

What kind of joy?

Our goal as we minister to each other in the church – to turn each other away from false joys – idols, sins, things that cannot satisfy, paths that lead to ruin and hurt – and continually point each other to joy in Jesus, which will satisfy us forever and ever!

Sin destroys true, gospel joy.

“The Church at Meadowlake exists to treasure God in all aspects of life, for the joy of all people, in Jesus Christ.”

This joy is real, and is ours even in this broken world: we are “sorrowful yet always rejoicing” (6:10).

It is our obligation in the church to work for each other’s joy in Jesus, and this includes treating our pastors and leaders in such a way that brings them joy in the Lord (2:3 – “who should have made me rejoice”).

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Heb 13:17).

Just as church leaders owe it to church members to help them find true and lasting joy in Jesus, church members owe it to their leaders to make their ministry a joy and not a painful burden.

II. The Pastor’s Heart. This duty of discipline is carried out by church leaders with broken hearts of love.

A Pastor’s Pain

He calls his visit to them “painful” (2:1). The prospect of disciplining the church brought him pain (2:3). And he wrote his severe letter to them “out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears” (2:4).

Why would a pastor go through this voluntarily? Verse 4: he wrote that difficult letter “not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.”

Apply God’s Word:

Song – Enough (Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio)

You are my supply, my breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You are my reward, worth living for
Still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for
All of me, for every thirst
And Every need;
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

You’re my Sacrifice of greatest price
And still more awesome than I know
You’re my coming King, You are everything
Still more awesome than I know

All of You is more than enough for
All of me, for every thirst
And Every need;
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough
Words by Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio, music by Chris Tomlin; © 2002 worshiptogether.com Songs/sixteps Music/ASCAP/Admin. By EMI Christian Music Publishing; CCLI #1291654