Worship Guide | April 18th, 2021

This week we will be observing Church Planting Sunday with Acts 29 – please watch this video to learn more! Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 86:1-12

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.

All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.

For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.

Yes I Will

Song of Adoration: Forever

Scripture Reading: John 12:24-26

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

Sermon: Resurrection Bodies

Outline

  • 1: The calculated risk of hoping in the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:35-41).
  • 2: The beautiful clarity of what resurrection means (1 Cor. 15:42-49). 

Discussion Questions

  • What has your image of heaven or the after-life been? How did this passage bring more clarity?
  • How has your thinking about our physical bodies been shaped by our culture? How is the picture Paul paints here better?
  • How should a more biblical understanding of our resurrection bodies change how we think about and care for our current bodies?

Communion:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionThe Wonderful Cross

Song of AssuranceJesus Is Better

Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Acts 29 Membership

This past March we were officially approved for full membership in the Acts 29 church planting network.  Acts 29 is a network of like-minded churches committed to seeing new Gospel-centered churches planted around the world.  The network chooses to emphasize the following distinctives:

  1. Gospel centrality in all of life.
  2. The sovereignty of God in saving sinners.
  3. The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
  4. The fundamental moral and spiritual equality of male and female and to men as responsible
    servant-leaders in the home and church.
  5. The local church as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom
    on earth.

Additionally, the guiding values for Acts 29 are:

  1. Plant Churches that Plant Churches
  2. Be Known for Holiness and Humility
  3. Become a Radically Diverse Crowd
  4. Be Serious about Evangelism and Conversions

We are greatly blessed to be a part of a network that strives to see the Gospel take root in communities like ours.  Our prayer is to see this partnership flourish for years to come as missio Dei: Falcon becomes a church that plants churches!