This Sunday at Missio we're continuing our sermons on the doctrine of election, with our focus on Romans 9:14-18. As we heard from Steve Bensema last week, this is a difficult passage in Scripture... it's confusing, it's intimidating, it's awe-inspiring... all at the same time. Pastor Paul will be showing us in his sermon "Why Does a Sovereign God Still Find Fault," how this passage points us to praise the majesty and sovereignty of God, who surpasses time and human history.
Our worship, therefore, will be full of wonder. In Luke 1, Mary the mother of Jesus is struck with the same awe when she realizes she will give birth to the Messiah -- the bringer of the new covenant. In him was fulfilled the promises of her ancestors, and she sings a song of gratitude and praise to the Lord. We will take up her song, and the words will call us into worship and our assurance.
Along with some old favorites (Hosanna, Blessed Assurance, Jesus Paid it All, and 'Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus), we will take up one new song this week. It's a hymn by the Gettys called "By Faith." If you click on the title you can find a link so you can listen to it and prepare to be led by the Spirit as we sing it in communion with one another. My favorite verse is verse 3, which leads into the chorus:
By faith the prophets saw a day when the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave
We will stand as children of the promise, we will fix our eyes on him: our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and not by sight
May God bless your weekend... see you on Sunday morning!
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