House Worship Guide - March 29, 2020
North Cincy Friends & Family,
I hope this guide will serve as a helpful resource as we seek to continue to meet together (Heb. 10:23-25) by gathering as families or groups of friends. Worshiping from home is certainly a different experience than worshipping in person together on a Sunday morning. We have put together some suggested guidelines for how to utilize this worship guide, which you can access here (click here):
If you have suggestions on how we can better resource you to worship on the Lord's Day during this season, please feel free to let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, the best way for us to both discover who Christ is and to grow in our relationship with Jesus is through participating in a small group of some kind. You can find an overview of our various groups on our website, or feel free to reach out to our Pastor of Connection, Matt May to learn more (email@example.com).
Call to Worship
Leader: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
All: Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Leader: Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his.
All: We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Leader: Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
All: For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Songs of Praise:
Praise to the Lord the Almighty - Record by our very own Emily Lange - Click Here
Confession of Sin – From The Valley of Vision
Lord Jesus, I have sinned times without number and been guilty of pride and unbelief, and of neglect to seek you in my daily life. My sins and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I thank you that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ. Deliver me from every evil habit, every interest of former sins, everything that dims the brightness of your grace in me, everything that prevents me from taking delight in you. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon -
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." - Isaiah 53:6, ESV
Message – Lead Pastor, Michael CraddockTitle: The Joy of Knowing God
Prayers of Supplication & Thanksgiving:
Please use this time to pray conversationally with those gathered with you.
MTD and YTD Giving Update: Through March 22, 2020
MTD actual: $45,165.67
MTD goal: $61,283.92
MTD Difference: -$16,118.25
Weekly Goal: $15,320.98
YTD Actual: $453,944.46
YTD Goal: $459,629.40
YTD Difference: -$5,684.94
- John clearly wants his readers (including us) to understand that Jesus is a person, not an idea, a symbol, a concept, a myth or a legend. Take some time to reflect on the significance of the personhood of Jesus.
- What implications does the fact that Jesus is a historical person have for investigating his life and seeking to understand his claims?
- What implications does the fact that Jesus is a person have on a Christian's present and on-ongoing relationship with God?
- What implications does the fact that Jesus is a person have a Christian's future hope, and how they think about heaven, the return of Jesus, or even eternal life?
- John uses a number of verbs to drive home the point that Jesus is a person we can touch. In a season of social distancing and physical isolation, the truth of the incarnation of Jesus is one that is especially significant. Reflect on your own experience of social distancing so far. Why is "touch" so significant for you and for your relationships? What does this mean for your relationship with Jesus.
- John highlights the truth that Jesus gives us spiritual life, and that this life comes through his word. If you would describe yourself as a follower of Christ, take a few minutes to write in your own words a description of the "spiritual life" that Jesus gives you? What are the evidences of this "spiritual life" in your own life?
- The Bible tells us that the reason we need the spiritual life that Jesus gives us is because we are all spiritually dead. Think about the illustration from Randy Pope on the difference between a focus on levels of visible "decay" in peoples lives, versus recognizing their status of spiritual death. In your own life, do you view others through the category of "moral decay" [good vs. bad] or spritual life [dead vs. alive].
- Building on the previous question, if you were to view yourself and others through the lenses of being "spiritually dead" or "spiritually alive," how would it change the way you view or relate to yourself and others?
- As John points out, his purpose in writing is "so that" others would share in and complete his joy. If you are already a follower of Christ, take a few minutes to list the people in your life that you long to see discover and share in your love of Christ. Put the list somewhere you will regularly see it, and take a moment every time you see it to pray for one or more of those on your list.
- If you are a Christian and have had the experience of seeing someone you loved come to know Christ, how did their becoming a Christian "complete your joy."
- If you are a non-Christian, take a minute to reflect on the reason that the Christians in your life long to see you become a Christian as well. Why does this longing justified?