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Weekly WOrship Guide

What’s your initial reaction to this statement? God is for you! Does it make your heart race with excitement? Does it instill in you a desire to worship? Does it stir up a willingness to serve? God is for me!!! WOW! Or is your initial reaction disbelief? Really, God is for me? Is it doubt? Why would God be for me, I wonder whether God even knows I exist? The Apostle Paul addresses these very concerns in Romans 8:31-37, offering powerful reassurances about God’s unwavering support and love. Paul asks us five questions that we can’t answer in this passage. People may think that these five questions are about things that could go against God’s plan for us or hurt us. But there is no way to answer any of them because nothing can make them happen. 

Question 1: “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NLT) In today’s world, it’s natural to wonder if there’s a God looking out for us. Paul’s question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” isn’t about doubting God’s support but affirming it. It’s more like saying, “Since God is for us,” which is a huge comfort. The message here is clear: God is for us. He’s not against us or indifferent. Thanks to Jesus, this is a settled fact. Everything God does, He does for us. Even when things look gloomy, we can trust that God is working for our good behind the scenes. Think about the enemies we face. Can the devil defeat us? No, he’s already lost. Can the world overpower us? No, Jesus has already conquered it. Can our own weaknesses ruin us? No, because through Jesus, we overcome even our own weaknesses. So, let’s be bold. If God is for us, who dares to stand against us? 

Question 2: “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 NLT) This means if God has already given us His Son, won’t He give us everything else we need? Absolutely. Imagine buying an expensive diamond ring and then worrying if you can take the box, it came in. Of course you get the box. It’s the same with God’s gifts. He’s given us Jesus, the best gift ever. So, He won’t hold back anything else we truly need—whether it’s food, a job, or answers to our prayers. God has given us His best; He won’t skimp on the rest. 

Question 3: “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.” (Romans 8:33 NLT) What if someone accuses us in front of God? Can those accusations stick? No way. Not even Satan’s accusations can stand because God is the one who justifies us. Can the law accuse us? No, because Jesus fulfilled the law. Can the devil accuse us? He can try, but it won’t work because Jesus defeated him. What about our own guilty consciences? They’ve been cleansed by Jesus. No one, not an angel, demon, or any person can accuse us in a way that jeopardizes our salvation. God has declared us not guilty, and that’s final. Question 4: “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” (Romans 8:34 NLT) Regardless of how others may judge us, it is important to remember that we cannot be truly condemned because Jesus, who died and rose again, is interceding for us. According to Paul, Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins, then miraculously came back to life, ascended to heaven, and now acts as our advocate. The sacrifice he made fully atones for our sins. When we sin and experience guilt, Jesus is in heaven interceding on our behalf. It's comforting to know that Jesus is always there to defend us, so no one can condemn us. 

Question 5: “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37 NLT) Sometimes we worry about how strong our faith is. But our safety is not based on how well we hold on to Jesus, but on how well He holds on to us. Picture a kid holding their dad’s hand. The dad doesn’t let go if the kid falls. His grip on the child’s hand is strong. It’s the same with Jesus: we’re not going to heaven because we hold on to Him; He’s holding on to us. Paul lists things like trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword—all of which could happen to Christians. Yet none of these can separate us from God’s love. Even in the worst situations, we remain secure in His love. No matter what we face, nothing can break the bond we have with God through Jesus. 

“The apostle hurls these questions out into space, as it were, defiantly, triumphantly, challenging any creature in heaven or earth or hell to answer them or to deny the truth that is contained in them. But there is no answer, for nobody and nothing can harm the redeemed people of God.” ~ John Stott, Men made new, pg. 103

Pastor Bert

Preparation for sunday May 19th

Sermon Series:  The Gospel of God

Title:   Five Unanswerable Questions

Passage:  Romans 8:31-36


Reflection  for Sunday:  Read verses cited


Application  for Sunday:  How does knowing that God is always for you and that nothing can separate you from His love change the way you approach difficulties and uncertainties in your life?

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Sunday May 19th

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Leader: Grace

          “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. “ 

1 John 3:1





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may 19th, 2024


“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,”     1 Timothy 2:1


Call to Worship: "Hear God call you to worship through His Word: Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Psalms 98:1-3 (ESV)


Prayer of Adoration: Pray this prayer of adoration: O Lord, we desire to adore your name, which is excellent in all the earth, and whose glory is above the heavens. You are the maker and disposer of all things; and for your sovereign pleasure it is that they still exist and were at first created. Your hands have made and fashioned us; and all that we enjoy comes from you. As we are the workmanship of your power, anew in Christ Jesus, unto holiness and true righteousness. Give proof that you have found us for yourself, by causing us to show forth praise, and by making us to live to glory, as we every day live upon your bounty. Amen. ~Augustus Toplady


Confess your sins to God: Almighty and most merciful Father, you hate nothing that you have made, nor desire the death of a sinner—look down with mercy upon me, and grant that I may turn from my wickedness and live. Forgive the days and years that which I have passed in folly, idleness, and sin. Fill me with such sorrow for the time misspent, that I may amend my life according to your holy Word; strengthen me against habitual idleness, and enable me to direct my thoughts to the performance of every duty; that while I live I may serve you in the state to which you have called me, and at last by a holy and happy death be delivered from the struggles and sorrows of this life, and obtain eternal happiness by your mercy, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~Samuel Johnson


Assurance of Pardon: Receive these words of comfort from God: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

 

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