How to Prepare for Sunday July 14th at The Crossing

On Fridays we’re posting a guide for how to prepare for the upcoming Sunday service. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage ahead of time, see the song list, and get your mind and heart ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Justin Garrett will preach this week from Hosea 1–3, “Are You a Spiritual Adulterer?” It would be great if you read those three chapters, but a particularly key part is Hos 1:2–3 “2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.”

These are surprising instructions, to say the least. Why does God command Hosea to do something so counter-intuitive? God means it as a lesson for his people to see and feel what their sin really is. Take a moment before Sunday and think about this vivid, concrete illustration of our sin. What does adultery feel like? To the one who commits it? To the one sinned against? You might find this article helpful for glimpsing the emotional wreckage of adultery (and this blog post). What does it mean, then, that God compares our sin to adultery?

But spiritual adultery is not where God leaves things. He shows us a picture of a wedding feast, the party of all parties that will celebrate how he has saved and transformed us. That future feast is prefigured now in the bread and wine of communion. We eat the bread and drink the wine in anticipation of that future wedding feast. We’ll have the chance to celebrate and look forward this week as we take communion together.

Our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music where available)

Sanctus [lyrics] – words traditional (1st century); music by Christine Cover and Scott Johnson

Holy (Jesus You Are) [lyrics and listen] – Jason Ingram, Matt Redman, and Jonas Myrin

O Help My Unbelief [lyrics; listen] – words by Isaac Watts; music by Justin Smith

Solid Rock [lyrics; listen] – words by Edward Mote; music by William B. Bradbury; arranged by Page CXVI

Satisfied [lyrics and listen] – words by Clara T. Williams; music by Karl Digerness

The Trees Will Clap (based on Isaiah 55) [lyrics and listen] – Andrew Camp, Scott Johnson, Patrick Miller and Greg Wiele

See you Sunday morning.

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