This page is put together by Pastor Brandon and is updated on Thursdays to help you prepare your heart for the next Sunday Gathering.
Use prayer to help guide you through these areas of preparation, and then use the drop-down boxes below to find the sermon text, songs and more!
Confess sin to God and others. Come with a believing heart ready to receive and believe God’s Word. Come ready to engage in fellowship with others.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Pastor Enoch Chan
As you read through the text to prepare for Sunday, pray for the Holy Spirit to open your heart and keep these questions in mind:
• What does this text say about God?
• What does this text say about people?
• How can I apply this text in context?
• How is the Spirit leading me to respond?
• Did these verses raise any questions as I read?
God has blessed us to be able to write and record music that is specifically for our church body. Most of the songs that we write come from sermon series, prayers that you or our pastors have prayed, or areas of focus we want to see our church grow in. We have been singing most of these songs in our corporate gatherings for quite some time, but now they are available online! I pray that they will continue to encourage you in your daily walk with the Lord. You can use the link below to access the album wherever you get your music: https://macarthurblvd.hearnow.com/
No Corporate Scripture Memory This Week
In our corporate gatherings, we read responsive readings to cultivate corporate participation and to form our hearts and minds to respond to God in worship every day of the week. One type of reading we do is confession of sin. We respond to the conviction of the Spirit and acknowledge our sin towards God, then confess and ask for forgiveness. Confession in itself is not the end. The heart behind confession is to lead us to true repentance. True repentance is turning away from sin and turning to God.
If worship is treasuring God above all things, then the root of all sin is idolatry, the treasuring of something above God. Idolatry seeks to steal glory from God. So, repentance in its essence is an act of worship to God as we reject sin and choose Christ. Now, let’s be honest… Living a life of confession and repentance can seem tough. It doesn’t always feel great to have our sin exposed and our flesh chiseled away by the Spirit. But God is merciful and offers forgiveness in abundance. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Next date: February 25th
Here are some ways that you can prepare your hearts to sit at the Lord’s Table, which we partake in twice a month together:
Reflect – Reflect on the person and work of Christ.
Meditate on who He is and what He has done.
Examine your heart – Examine your heart and confess any sin or areas of misplaced hope.
Examine your love – Examine your relationships. Is there anyone that you need to reconcile with before taking the Lord’s Supper.
Rejoice – Come with gladness and thanksgiving that God has made you worthy to enter His presence.