Preparing for Sunday - 6.18.2017
Sermon Summary: We often approach life with either fear or a tendency to fight, having forgotten that Christ is actively at work. As we remember that Jesus is our reigning king, we can ask, how can we follow where he leads without fear? How can we love one another?
Passage to Consider: Ephesians 4:1-10
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Confession of Sin:
Forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you
and for ignoring your immensity and greatness.
Forgive us when we forget that you rule
the nations and our small lives.
We offend you in minimizing your power
and squandering your gifts.
We confess that our blindness to your glory has resulted in shallow confession, tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.
Have mercy upon us;
In Jesus’ name, amen.