Baptized Into Christ

As we head into our final week of Lent & are reminded of the journey Jesus went on in heading towards the cross let’s slow down and prepare our hearts through a short devotional adapted from the book “Journey to the Cross” by Will Walker & Kendall Haug. Begin with the call to worship & meditate on Hebrews 1:1-4 followed by a simple confession & prayer of thanksgiving for His grace. You can slow down and reflect on these or just simply recite them in faith that God hears our prayers & confessions!

Call to Worship
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. -Hebrews 1:1-4

God has spoken clearly to us about who He is & what He is like through His son, Jesus. If we are honest we often fail to acknowledge these things functionally & fail to live in light of them. Take a moment to confess areas where we fail to live in light of His love for us & then thank God for his grace through these 2 prayers.

God our Father, we confess that we fail to live in light of the coming, both past and future, of your Son Jesus Christ. He came to redeem those under the law, but we live as those still under it. You sent the Holy Spirit into our heart, but we choose instead to live as slaves to our flesh. You purchased our freedom and adopted us as your sons and daughters, but we fail to live out of our identity as your children. Forgive our fear and unbelief. Help us to live as your sons and daughters, heirs to your fatherly blessings, because of what Jesus has done for us.

Thank you, Lord, for purchasing our freedom. We are no longer slaves to our flesh, but we are now children of God and brothers and heirs with Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and by the Spirit

This week we will be singing the following songs during our gathering.

Great is Our God
Rest In You
O Praise The Name
Oh God

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