Spirit and Truth: 1/20/13

Worship in Song

“My Your Power Rest On Me” by Joel Gerdis and Neil Robins

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul records that God spoke to him and said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Then Paul writes, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Isn’t that encouraging? Isn’t that reason to celebrate? God understands our weaknesses and uses them to display his power more fully.

Though the trial still goes on
Your grace will be my song
For I can bear all things when temptation springs
For you sustain me all my days

“It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio G. Spafford, Philip Paul Bliss

In 1873, Horatio Spafford and his family decided that they would take a vacation in England. Horatio was delayed due to his business and made the decision to send his family on ahead of him so that he could finish up work at home and then join them soon afterward. His wife and four daughters boarded the Ville du Havre and set sail for England. Tragically, the ship struck an iron sailing vessel and sank. Two hundred twenty-six people lost their lives, including all four of Spafford’s daughters. His wife survived and sent him a telegram once she reached England beginning with “Saved alone.” Spafford began the journey to reunite with his wife. It was on this trip, while passing over the location of his daughter’s deaths, that he penned It Is Well With My Soul. The hope and true joy that comes through Jesus is stronger than anything this world has to offer us. Let’s proclaim this truth together on Sunday.

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

“You Have Been Raised” by Mark Altrogge, Ken Boer, and Bob Kauflin

The first verse of this song presents us with a number of questions:

  • How do we know we’ve been forgiven?
  • How do we know that we have been made clean?
  • How do we know we’ll go to heaven?
  • How do we know we’ve been redeemed?

The answer to these questions is found in the chorus. How do we know? Because Jesus has been raised! He is no longer dead, He’s alive! In his resurrection, He has defeated death and the grave and secured our acceptance before the Father. Praise God!

Sermon Text

Matthew 5:1-12

We’ve been working our way through The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. This week we’ll look at what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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