How to Prepare for Sunday Worship: July 16

This week Keith Simon preaches a sermon entitled, “Jesus Loves His Messy Church” from Luke 6:12-16.

Since we are dipping into Luke for this one sermon, you might enjoy getting an overview on chapters 1-9. This Bible Project video would be well worth your time to understand the book better.


You can read the Scripture below.


12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.


We will also take communion together this Sunday. God gives us communion to feed our faith, to help us trust in Christ’s death on our behalf. That means we have to reflect on why Christ died for us. We have to look again at ourselves and recognize our sin and ask God for forgiveness. A great way to get ready for communion, therefore, is to take some time this weekend to ask God to show you if there’s any sin in your life that you’re not seeing. Ask him for forgiveness. And if there are things you need to put right, in keeping with repentance, take the time today or this weekend to do that (e.g., Matt 5:23–24).

SONG LIST FOR THIS SUNDAY (with lyric links):


Almighty God by Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, and Sandra McCracken [Lyrics]

Steadfast by Sandra McCracken, Leslie Jordan, and Joshua Silverberg [Lyrics]

• I Love You, Lord by Laurie Klein [Lyrics]

God’s Highway by Sandra McCracken and Thad Cockrell [Lyrics]

Trinity Song by Sandra McCracken [Lyrics]

• Christ Be All Around Me by David Leonard, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring, and Leslie Jordan [Lyrics]

We hope to see you Sunday!

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