The Mission of Christ, Part 1

The Mission of Christ, Part 1

Call to Worship: Psalm 65, 66, & 116 (Adapted)

Come and hear, all you who fear God;
     let me tell you what he has done for me.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
     the LORD would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
     and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
     who has not rejected my prayer
     or withheld his love from me!
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
     he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
     I will call on him as long as I live.
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
     to you our vows will be fulfilled.
You who answer prayer,
     to you all people will come.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NIV)

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God,who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Scripture Text: Colossians 4:3-4 (NIV)

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

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