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January 19, 2020

redemption

We'll look this week at the great truth of redemption purchased in Christ. 

Prelude – "There is a Fountain"

The first verse really paints the picture for us this morning. "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel's veins; and sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains."

"We Believe"

We'll begin the corporate singing by a statement of faith – what we believe that makes us Christian. Part of that statement of faith gives us the opportunity to proclaim, "We believe that Jesus suffered was beaten, crucified; he died and he was buried entombed in darkest night. The third day rose victorious, ascended into Heaven. Will one day come to judge us, the living and the dead." We know from the prelude that because of Christ's death, we are redeemed by his blood. 

"Christ Is Mine Forevermore"

This is a new song that we'll learn together. It is personal song (sung mostly from 1st person pronouns) that when joined together, paints a beautiful picture of the church as a redeemed people. The first verse sings, "Mine are days that God has numbered. I was made to walk with him. Yet I look for worldly treasure and forsake the King of kings. But mine is hope in my Redeemer. Though I fall, his love is sure. For Christ has paid for every failing; I am his forevermore."

"His Mercy Is More"

We'll conclude the corporate singing with the truth we've sung all morning: "What riches of kindness he lavished on us. His blood was the payment, his life was the cost. We stood 'neath a debt we could never afford. Our sins they are many, his mercy is more."

Communion – "There is a Redeemer"

We'll play this instrumentally as we approach the table to taste and see again the Lord's gift of redemption for us. The second verse is good to remember during this time as it points to Christ as our great Redeemer: "Jesus, my Redeemer, name above all names. Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, hope for sinners slain."

Response – "Jesus Paid It All"

Finally, we'll be sent out with a grand summation of the truth of redemption from the morning – Christ is our Redeemer and we owe our lives now to him! "Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow. O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!"