Preparing for the Gathering - Luke 7:36-50
Prepare your heart for our Sunday Morning Gathering by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.
You will find tangible suggestions for putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body, links to the songs we will sing, and lyrics for you to prepare for our corporate singing.
This Sunday, Nathan Rose, the senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, Liberty, MO, will be preaching as a part of our Morning Gathering.
As a child, Nathan learned the gospel message by attending church with his family. While he mentally understood that Christ died for his sins, he did not exercise repentance and faith until his senior year of college, when, at the age of 22, the Holy Spirit revealed his sinful condition and enabled him to trust in Jesus Christ. His profession of faith was accompanied by evidence of faith through a changed lifestyle and pursuits, eventually leading him to pursue ministry to equip the saints with sound theology that the church might fulfill the Great Commission.
Nathan was called as the Senior Pastor of LBC in March 2012, and he serves as the primary preacher and overseer of the vision, leadership, membership, and day-to-day operations of the church. During his time at LBC, Nathan has enjoyed seeing the Lord draw people to himself through the means of gospel proclamation, as people grow in Christ-likeness and in their understanding of God’s Word. He prays regularly that LBC would be a healthy church, displaying God’s character to the world through holiness, unity, and love.
Outside of his ministry in the church, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, their three children, Hannah, Nathan “Bear”, and Lizzie, and his nieces and nephew. His love for the church has also led him to serve the North American Mission Board and the Clay-Platte Baptist Association by helping to revitalize and assist struggling churches. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and loves reading about Charles Spurgeon.
Please see the Preparing for the Sermon post for suggestions in thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.
- In your daily time with the Lord, ask Him to reveal your sins to you. Then recount, confess, and repent of your sins. Let your heart feel the burden of sin and then rightly rejoice and respond in worship to the Lord Jesus for his atoning sacrifice and reconciliation of you to a Holy God.
- What are some ways you can daily seek to understand your heart correctly (Jeremiah 17:9)? How can this shape your worship this Sunday?
- Why are we expected to execute church discipline (discipleship) with one another in the church? Is it to seek after sinners and purge them from the church? Or, does it emphasize reconciliation and increase worship for recognizing the depth of our sin as a body and the glorious work Christ has done to sanctify his bride?
- Pray for God to do this work and look for ways to disciple others with the intention of exposing both hearts to sinful deeds, seek repentance, and magnify God even more as we continue to make disciples of Christ, train and instruct children and grandchildren, reach out to the lost, and increase in righteousness daily.
- Click the links below to find the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; practice the songs, study the lyrics and sing together.
- Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Mark Krystyniak: Elders' prayer & scripture reading; Nathan Rose: teaching.