We all know that life can be difficult. As a Christian, it’s never a question of whether or not there will be circumstances to face, but how we will face them. How do we handle the ups and downs of life?
A great example of a godly response is the Apostle Paul. This week we looked at one of the many stories of his life found in the books of Acts as part of the Vintage Faith: Yesterday, Today, Forever series. In Acts 16, as Paul and Silas are doing their thing, Paul gets annoyed by a girl (who happens to be possessed by a demon) and casts it out. As a result, they are beaten and thrown in jail. While there, they spend the time praying and singing. As a result, God shows up and shows off, and people are saved.
The point? We have a choice of how to respond in the circumstances of life. The response of faith, and its full expression, is the response that allows the glory of God’s greatness to be evident. Paul and Silas acting out of their faith in the truth of God changed their environment, attitude, and other people’s lives. Does our faith do that?
Here’s what we did together…
Our Service Flow:
Call to Worship: Psalm 71:15-17
Jesus Messiah (Tomlin/Carson/Cash/Reeves)
Jesus Only (Simpson/Prichard arr. Chapman)
Prayer/Confession w/ Romans 5:1-5
In Christ Alone (Getty/Townend)
It Is Well with My Soul (Spafford/Bliss)
Mighty to Save (Morgan/Fielding)
Close & Commission: Colossians 3:17
- What a great story of the power of worship. Both David and Paul are challenging examples of what the role of worship (in its many forms) should be in our lives. If we had been in the place of Paul and Silas, would we have responded the same way?
- Unfortunately, there was not a lot of power present within our corporate gathering this morning. I don’t feel at liberty to be specific, but would ask that you would be praying for this congregation. As a result, my wife and I were very discouraged.
- The story of Ed & Ruth Thompson is a powerful story of sacrifice, service, and faith. I would encourage you to click the link and watch the video this week.
I hope that your time of corporate gathering and worship was filled with power of Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit drawing the worshipers together in spirit and truth. May this week be lived in the truth of Jesus in every way.