When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to You. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.
• God Gives Us Grace
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things−and the things that are not−to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God−that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
God’s love for his world, his people, and you shapes the meaning of the cross for us. God does not hate you; rather, he manifests his love in his delight to be about the work of redemption. Believers are those who have experienced the love of the Father, the grace of the Son, and the fellowship of the Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14).
You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News by Kelly M. Kapic
• God Gives Us Hope
When you appear, all storms shall fade,
and there will dawn a brighter day.
Your faithful promises stand true
as all creation is renewed.
You’ll make your home with us to stay
as every tear is wiped away
and heav’n and earth cry out your praise;
Oh, how my soul longs for that day!
O Faithful Lord by Mark Bradford
Christian faith finds its focus not in ideas or systems, but in the person of Christ in whom God meets us.
The First Epistle to the Corinthians by Anthony C Thistleton
• God Gives Us Security
. . . the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked.
And save them.
Because they trust in Him.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9
As we live for Him and submit to Him, our security in Him is strengthened. It’s enhanced. As we obey Him, we prove our love for Him. (John 15:14)
morning sermon, September 18, 2022, Rev. Tim Rackley