Sing and Shout, Col 2:13-15, Isaiah 1:18, John 3:16-17, Stronger, Cornerstone, 1 Tim. 6:15-16, King
Sing and Shout (Matt Redman)
One of my favorite things about showing up to church here every week is that we get to take the time to slow down and refocus ourselves on the most important thing in life! I’m thankful for the opportunity to take a deep breath, and remember what Christ has done for us, and then worship Him for it.
Col. 2:13-15 – “13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,[b] God made you[c] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
I hope you’ll fix your eyes on Jesus as we sing – close your eyes if it helps you focus, or take a look at the cross and remember his sacrifice and his incredible love for you personally! But let’s draw near to him as we sing.
Isaiah 1:18 – “”Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Stronger (Hillsong United)
There is no more firm a foundation on which to build than Jesus Christ. His birth, death and resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith – without the cross our faith is foolish, but with the cross we have new life and freedom from our sins.
That’s why Jesus is our conquering King. He conquered Sin and Death, establishing His kingdom in its place.
1 Tim. 6:15-16 says that he is “the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might forever.”
As we sing this next song we get to bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord. We are presenting our treasure to the King – the one who already owns it all anyway, but the act of offering it to Him is a true act of worship – an expression of love and faith – a beautiful way of telling God how much we love Him.
I’m so glad that we have a King who loves us rather than a tyrant or despot, or one who takes advantage of his subjects. Isn’t it wonderful to serve the conquering King, who died in our place, to save us from destruction?! Praise The Lord!
Isaiah 44:6-8 “This is what the LORD says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty; I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people and what is yet to come – yes, let him foretell what will come. Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
Isaiah 48:12-13 – “Listen to me, O Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them they all stand up together.”
Rev. 22:12-13 – “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Rev. 22:16-18 – “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
Luke 2:13-14 – “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Glory In The Highest (Chris Tomlin)