Lord, this morning we bow our hearts before you in worship. It is our duty, right, and joy to come together in your presence. Sundays for us are like a weekly family reunion.
But, it was not always like this. At one time we were lost in our sins, separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. This was a dire situation, and we could not rescue ourselves nor work our way in to your favor. In fact, if we were honest, we were not even looking for you. In sin, we were running the other direction.
We were orphan children, enslaved to the principles of the world. But you said to us, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Lord, it could only be You who initiated this rescue mission. When the fullness of time had come, You sent forth Your Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those of us who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as Your sons and daughters.
And Lord Jesus, as we confessed this morning, you entered the holy place of God’s presence with your own blood as the sacrifice. You offered Yourself so that we could be brought in.
And now, because You entered in, we are welcome. We can with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And now, because we are sons, You’ve sent the Spirit of Your Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So we are no longer slaves, but Your children. And not only sons and daughters but also heirs.
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son,
To make a wretch His treasure
Lord, we believe your promise that your Spirit will lead us. Let us sense Him bearing witness in our hearts that we are truly Yours. Don’t let us fall back into slavery and fear.
Oh, what kind of love You have given to us, Father, that we should be called Your children; and so we are. What we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when Christ appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as He is.
You have blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. You’ve chosen us to be holy and blameless before you. First You justified us as holy in Your sight, through Your Son. Now as we progressively behold the beauty of Christ, we are day by day being transformed into His image. Lord, make us more like You. As brother Dale comes to preach to us this morning, cause the truth about who we really are, manifest to itself in our words and in how we treat each other. Make us a family of believers who speak to each other with grace and compassion and respect. Keep us unified, Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
We take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
We feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give us drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
We pray in the Name of our True Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a ransom for many.