Getting Ready for Sunday Nov. 8th at The Crossing


Shay Roush continues this week our sermon series in the Gospel of John with a sermon entitled “The Two Verses Before John 3:16,” from John 3:14–16. The Scripture reads,

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus takes Nicodemus (and us) back to an Old Testament story, when the Israelites needed to look up at a snake in order to avoid dying from snake bites (Num 21:4–9). It’s an odd story, yet Jesus sees it as key for understanding who he is and what he’s doing. It’s important enough that it’s the lead-in for perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible! Why is Jesus like a snake? What does that mean for us? Join us Sunday.

We will 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).

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music)

How Great Thou Art [lyrics; listen] – Stuart Hine; music is a Swedish folk melody; arranged by Page CXVI

Rock of Ages [lyrics; listen] – words by Augustus Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings; arranged by Page CXVI and David Wilton

O My Soul, Arise [lyrics and listen] – words by Charles Wesley; music with additional lyrics by Eric McCallister

What Wondrous Love is This [lyrics and listen] – Unknown author; music attributed to William Walker; arranged by Wen Reagan.

Christ is Risen [lyrics and listen] – Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes

See you on Sunday!

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