Welcome to our recap from Sunday, May 31, 2015. Here you will find some of the readings, songs, and other elements from our morning services at Grand Parkway Baptist Church. We have begun working episodically through the second book of the Bible, Exodus. Please join us in prayer and with your presence this summer as we see what God did through Israel in this great story of history.
Worship Through Song
Rejoice - Dustin Kensrue
Dedication of Children
During our 10:00 am service, we had the privilege and responsibility of witnessing a dedication of two young children to the Lord. At our church, we take seriously the Biblical mandate for parents, particularly fathers, to lead and shepherd their children in the faith. The church's responsibility is to hold parents and children accountable to this.
Scripture Reading and Prayer
This is the Word of the Lord from First Peter Chapter Two:
“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
We gather today to taste and see that you are good, merciful, and excellent. You deserve all the glory.
We confess that we are often swept up in the tide of our generation.
We fail in our calling to be your holy people and we fail to be a people set apart for your divine purpose.
We are moved more by ambition than by justice.
We dream more of privilege and benefits than of service and sacrifice.
We try to speak in your name without letting go of our glories,
without nourishing our souls, without relying wholly on your grace.
Thank you for making us a people that have received mercy.
Help us to make room in our hearts and lives for you.
By your Holy Spirit, forgive us, revive us, and reshape us in your image. Amen.
All to Us - Chris Tomlin
Song of Moses - Aaron Keyes
Worship Through Word
Our Lead Pastor, Neil, preached from Exodus 6:6-8, giving us an overview of the book of Exodus. You can listen to the whole thing here at our church podcast or watch it below on our livestream.
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah - Indelible Grace