Chapters 8-10 of First Corinthians is calling us to repent of self-centeredness and to follow Paul as he follows Christ on the path of self-sacrificial love for others for the sake of the gospel and to the glory of God. As Americans we love our rights, and it’s not easy to consider others as more important than ourselves and gladly lay aside our rights for the sake of others. We are naturally hard-wired to prioritize our own rights and desires above the needs and concerns of others. We need God to graciously save us from this inclination.
In preparation for our gathering together this Sunday, consider this reminder from pastor, Paul Tripp.
Corporate worship is designed to call you away from your allegiance to the kingdom of self and welcome you to the joyful rest and eternal work of the Kingdom of God.
The freedom Christ died to give us is an upside-down freedom in the eyes of the world. It sets us free to serve one another, not to be served, just as the Son of Man did not come “to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).” On Sunday we will be singing a new song written by Paul Baloche, called Behold Him. In it we will sing:
He who heard humanity’s cry
Left His throne to wake as a child
He became like the least of us
Kenny Clark will be preaching 1 Corinthians 9:1-27 this week and Walt Harrah will be leading our time of sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? Pray that “beholding the glory of the Lord” we would be “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:18).”
See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come hungry!
Song of the Week
Behold Him by Paul Baloche
We will be singing this on Sunday. Enjoy it this week and come ready to sing it loud!