Although we are unable to meet in person as a church family for a season, we pray this guided worship experience will help you honor our Savior and King, receive encouragement from His Word, and stay connected as a church family.
Our Youth and children's Ministers has prepared A video Bible class for youth to use at home with your family.
SERMON: Fight Like a Christian
Communion Meditation and Prayer
The Worth of a Christian
Most of us never get to really figure out how salaries are set in this world. As a result, we have a mistaken view of this process. Most of us figure it this way: the reason doctors make more than I do is that medical school is so much more complicated and hard than the training I've had. This breaks down rather quickly; it would imply, for example, that the reason rock stars make so much more money than doctors is that rock star school is so much more complicated and hard than medical school. So how do they do it?
- One of the most common methods is to subtly inquire of the applicant just how much money he's expecting. If it falls within what they think is reasonable, you get paid "enough."
- There is also the military method: if you don't like the salary, don't join.
- Baseball players find a different method. The question is not how much it will take to get them to play baseball; the question is how much will take to get them to play here.
The concept of "worth" in man's way of doing things is extrinsic. You are worth what somebody else will pay you. That's how the world does it.
What about God's way? Are human beings indeed worthy in God's eyes? The answer is yes, but not like you would expect. The psalmist, David, put it this way: Psalms 8:1-9 NIV O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (2) From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (3) When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, (4) what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (5) You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: (7) all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, (8) the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. (9) O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
So we see that we are a little lower than the angels and a little higher than the fish. The key point is this: our worth is God given – it does not depend on what other people think. We have intrinsic worth.
But see this: our worth is given to us because of the majesty of the name of God. We didn't earn it; God gave to us for the sake of his name. The church does all things to the glory of God.
Nowhere is this seen more clearly than the Cross. Jesus did not come to die on the cross because we are so worthy of his death. His sacrifice, like our worth, springs from the very nature of God. Neither intrinsic nor extrinsic worth has anything to do with it. It is entirely due to the fact that God is love. It is out of his great love for his children that we have the Cross.
As you partake, remember the motives of Christ. He did this for you because of his great love. As a Christian, you are to be an imitator of Christ — so that others might see his great love in you. Examine your self, and see if that love flows through you. Do this in remembrance of him.
Gracious Father, pour out you Spirit upon this gathering, this table, this meal. As we eat and drink in fellowship with each other may we be filled with hope for the future. May the Spirit moving among us in this place allow this meal to rejuvenate and empower us as we go out to live Your love in the world.
Father, we come to You now to ask for forgiveness for any thoughts, words or deeds that have not honored Your name. We are also truly sorry for the times we have chosen to live selfishly rather than heed Your calling. We invite you to inhabit our hearts now as we take communion. As we share this meal, come bind us together as one family, filled with Your love.
Thank You Lord for Your grace that is at work in our lives.
“When We Meet In Sweet Communion”
Father, life gets busy, and at times we lose track of the most important thing, and that is worshiping you. Forgive us for putting our schedules before you. Give us the grace to continue fellow shipping with other Christians for the glory of your name. Thank you for ministering to our hearts. Let worship be a lifestyle to everyone that is reading this and not just something we do on Sundays or Wednesdays.
Father, thank you for the gift of life. You have given us the gift of life, it’s not because we are good but because you are an awesome Father. Help us to remain humble in everything that we do so that your light may shine upon men through us. May we become useful vessels that bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name,