Sunday P.R.E.P. is a weekly tool designed to enhance our Sunday gatherings at Redemption Hill. As we individually pray, reflect, expect and pursue, God will prepare us for his great work in our worship together.
It is the New YEAR! Take a moment to thank God for all of his good gifts to you in the year past. Ask him to focus your heart in such a way that 2016 is the greatest year of your life spiritually. That’s for serious!
This Sunday we will be studying John 5:1-17 where Jesus heals a man who had been unable to walk for 38 years! Reflect on the words of this story… As you will see, God is a working God.
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Expect God to work in your heart today and during our time of worship. If God is always “working,” how could we expect any less? Come expectant!
As we begin this New Year, let’s pursue God’s work in us by pursuing him daily. Let’s consider some fresh steps we can take in our faith journey. Call them goals; call them resolutions; call them whatever you want. God made us to work, not sit on our hands. New Year. New opportunities, endless opportunities to be zealous for his glory!
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