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.
Take a moment to pray for our Sunday worship. Ask God to reveal himself to us in unmistakable ways. Pray also for our Men’s and Women’s events happening on Saturday, 11/7. (For more info on that visit: rhc.church/events)
Reflect on our passage from last Sunday. How are you delighting in Jesus? He is the Word. He is before all things. He is life. He is light. He overcomes darkness. He gives all who believe the right to become children of God. He is full of grace, full of truth. He is the revelation of God the Father.
Expect God to speak to you as we look at the testimony of John the Baptist, who is presented as John the Witness. There are two things that are clear about John: he knew who he was, and he knew who Jesus was. Read the text with expectation . . .
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
This week in our Groups, many of us went on our “prayerwalk” in our neighborhoods. God has placed us in our particular homes for a reason. He wants us to be his light where he has placed us. Spend some time praying for your neighbors. Consider reaching out to them, whether it’s hanging out for a chat or going to rake their leaves. Be light!
Songs for Sunday –
“At the Cross” – Renstrom
“Christ Be All Around Me” – All Sons & Daughters –
“Jesus Son of God” - Tomlin
“Let it Be Jesus” – Passion
“All I Have is Christ” – Sovereign Grace