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According to His Own Mercy

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Titus 3:3-7 says,

"For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

When we gather on Sunday mornings, we do so as heirs of God's promises. We do so as children of God. We do so as those justified by the grace of God. We do so as those regenerated and renewed by the Holy Spirit. We do so as former slaves now set free. We do so as former haters now able to love one another. We do so as those rescued out of darkness and washed clean by the blood of Christ. And all of this is not by anything we did for ourselves, but only by the the mercy of God.

Is that how you think of yourself when you hear that alarm go off on Sunday mornings? Is that how you think of yourself as you try to find your kids' shoes? Is that how you think of yourself as you iron your clothes (or throw them in the dryer on the dewrinkle cycle) on Saturday night? 

All to often, that's not how I think of myself. I swing back and forth from being more aware of my weakness and failures than the mercy of God to being more confident in my own merits than I ought.

God has made abundantly clear that there is nothing I can do to earn His favor or lose his love. It's in the unmerited, undeserved mercy of God through Christ that we stand, that we come to worship each week. It's the free mercy and grace of God that we celebrate each week. And this Sunday is no exception, as we'll be led by a band of young adults from Oklahoma Baptist University coming of Dare2Share weekend. Here are the songs and Scriptures that will make up this week's service:

Call to Worship from Titus 3:3-7
Glorious Day
Hallelujah for the Cross
Death Was Arrested
Jesus Paid It All
It Is Well
Sermon from I Thessalonians

Here's the Spotify of this week's songs. We hope you'll listen so you can worship the Lord in an undistracted way on Sunday!

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Glory and Praise

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Hebrews 2:9-10 says, "... we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering."

We serve a God who chooses to define glory through suffering. The Glory of God is revealed most totally and perfectly by his sacrificial suffering to bring us, his children, to be with him in his presence forever. He saves us through his own suffering, and he works in us through our own suffering, all for His glory.

When we gather together on Sundays, it's an opportunity to give God the praise that He alone deserves. It's an opportunity to lay down the distractions of suffering and sin in our lives at the foot of the Cross, where God's glory and mercy were perfectly displayed through his suffering.  We gather for His glory. We gather for His praise. We gather, because we need to be reminded and refueled of his nearness to us as we go into the next week which we know will be filled with all kinds of suffering and sin and distraction...but also with opportunities to bring him Glory and Praise in the midst of it all.

Here are the songs and Scriptures for our services this Sunday:

Call to Worship from Romans 12:1
Here For You
Scripture Reading from Hebrews 2:9-10
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Sermon from I Thessalonians 1
And here's a link to the Spotify playlist of these songs, so that you and your family can be familiar with them before Sunday!


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