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Prepare To Gather

Prepare To Gather

Read Hebrews 2:5-18

5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.


PONDER

  • Consider Jesus, who was “made like his brothers in every respect” so that he might be a “merciful and faithful high priest” for us. He is the founder of our salvation. He is the reason that we can have salvation. Let this truth lead you to worship!
  • Meditate on the reality that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. In his suffering and death, Jesus satisfied God’s wrath toward our sins. What is your typical response when you think about this? What should our response be?

PRAY

  • Father, thank you for Jesus- the propitiation for our sins, our merciful and faithful high priest.
  • Father, forgive us, for we often are ashamed to boldly proclaim the truth of the gospel to those around us.
  • Father, guard us from drifting. Help us not to neglect the salvation that is ours in Christ Jesus.
  • Father, you have made yourself known to us. Help us to trust in Jesus as the better revelation; help us not to trust in lesser things or search for lesser glories.
  • Father, prepare me to gather with my church and worship you. You are worthy! To you be the glory!

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PRactice

Gather! Sunday at 9:30am or 11:00am.

This Sunday we will take the Lord’s Supper to remember and rejoice in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. Take a moment before the gathering to prepare your heart to partake of the bread and the cup by confessing sin in your life. If you have children, have a conversation with them about the elements they will see in the gathering. Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-29 together. If your children are not believers, explain why they should not yet partake in the Lord’s Supper. If your children are believers, use this as an opportunity to praise God for his work in their lives.

  • Be Present – The first step to gathering well: Gather!
  • Be Early – Prioritize the gathering with your time. Don’t be late. The practical discipleship of this priority can be profound for you and your family.
  • Be Prepared – Ponder, pray, sing, fast, and praise are all good ways to prepare.
  • Be Uncomfortable – Sit with different people. Sing loud. Challenge routines. Gather on mission.
  • Be Responsive – Don’t just be hearers of the word, be doers. Pray. Ponder. Repent. Change. Practice. Respond in action. Too often we gather to affirm what we already hold, rather than be taught, rebuked, corrected, or trained in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Gather to be transformed.

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