“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
June 28, 2020
– Call To Worship –
“Blessed Be The Lord”
“On Bended Knee”
“No One Understands Like Jesus”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: DON AUXIER
From Passover to Pentecost
“Praise The Name Of Jesus”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
Wondrous Handiworks of God
My muscles are too weak, my emotions too strong, my tongue too sharp… That’s just the tip of the critical iceberg I allow to erode away at me when I look in a mirror—whether of glass or relationship. Most of us have little trouble listing our shortcomings, whether physical, mental, or emotional. When someone points one out to us, we are not likely to forget it. Even imperfections that are particularly hard to understand and bear—those we or others identify as handicaps—have a purpose in Christ’s kingdom.
Our deficits allow for the display of God’s mercy and glory (John 9:1-7). In the face of our flaws, other people are invited to marvel as God transforms us, through Christ, into joyful worshippers, followers, and doers of his great works on earth. We are not toads but princes and princesses in the making, eagerly looking forward to being perfected in every way for eternity. If we spend less time crying “Mirror, mirror” over our blemishes, we’ll have more time to appreciate the Spirit-breathed qualities of others around us and to validate one another as the wondrous handiworks of God we are.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
With what faults do you tend to abuse yourself? Of course, it’s proper to ever be striving for improvements in your character and, where possible, your body and mind. But don’t let your hopes for enhancements God might one day effect steal your peace in the work-in-progress you are now. Have you had the experience of noting a flaw of yours only to have people say that they never noticed it or even that it is one of the very things they like about you? They may be recognizing God’s perfect intent where you cannot.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:13 (ESV)
Trust that God knew what he was doing when he shaped even your earthly imperfections. He will use them to serve glorious means. Try giving yourself and others at least two out-loud compliments for every spoken or unspoken criticism. That is good practice for the time when we will have only positive things to say of each other.
Consider how God can use one of your flaws for his glory.
Scriptures: Psalm 139:13-16; John 9:1-7; Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Lighting the Candle of Hope; Jill WILSON | June 21, 2020
Barbara Rogers – recovery from serious accident
Tammy Higginbotham – brain seizures & severe headaches
Ena – Barb Hudson’s neighbor with kidney failure
Greg & Susan Williams–Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Prayers for our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters.
Prayers for Divine Appointments to touch others with Jesus’ life & love