Worship Matters 3.11.2024

PREPARE FOR SUNDAY, PART 4

So far we’ve looked at 3 practical things we can do to help us prepare for Sundays.

  1. Remember that Sunday starts on Saturday: Get to bed early Saturday so you can rise early, and come on time on Sunday morning.
  2. Prepare for the Passage: Read and study the passage of Scripture our pastor is preaching on throughout the week.
  3. Come Intent on Encouraging Someone Else: Pray that God would lead you to someone to encourage, or pray with.

And finally, we’ll look at one more practical way to prepare for Sundays this week. Prepare for Sunday by coming expectantly.

What I mean is that we ought to come expecting at least 3 things: We ought to (1) expect God to teach us, (3) expect to come before God with genuine worship (3), and expect to be made more like Jesus.

When we come on Sundays we should be expectant that God will teach us through His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that every word in the Bible is “God-breathed” and is profitable for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” This means we should come ready to be challenged and equipped by God’s Word. Are we looking for that as we listen to the Word on Sundays?

We also ought to come expecting to offer genuine worship to God. We are uniquely brought together before God with our family on Sunday mornings to lift up our voices and hearts in congregational worship. We also believe and expect that God is actually present when we worship. So, if God is watching, how does He view your worship?

Thirdly, we ought to expect that God is going to bring about change in our lives to make us more like Jesus. Paul calls the church in 1 Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ (1 Cor 11:1). However, God will do this only for those who humbly come to Him, for He is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Are you coming humbly on Sunday mornings, expecting and desiring God to change you? I’d love to hear from you about a time when God used the Sunday worship service to change you.

This Sunday, let’s come expecting God to do great things in our lives. Let’s pray that God creates in us an excitement for His word, for His worship, and for genuine fellowship.

SUNDAY SONGS

  1. Graves Into Gardens
  2. Better
  3. I Surrender
  4. I Surrender All
  5. Christ Be Magnified

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I SURRENDER ALL

This song was written by J. W. Van DeVenter in 1896. DeVenter was previously an art teacher before being encouraged to become an evangelist. He was hesitant at first to give up a profession he loved, but felt God calling him to “surrender all.” 

DeVenter wrote of this time in his life: “For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, he caused me to sing.”

This led DeVenter to write this well known hymn. Below are the original lyrics:

Verse 1
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain:
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Verse 2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

Verse 3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

Verse 4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

Verse 5
All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame;
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

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