The text this week is Hebrews 2:5-14 where the author teaches that only Jesus can free those living in the fear of death. The worship theme will celebrate the truth that in Jesus we no longer need to fear death. We will also celebrate communion. The visual theme will be cemeteries.
Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 151101 Heart Prep
Death Be Not Proud – Audrey Assad – Worship Team
Rejoice the Lord is King
Worship Christ the Risen King – no YouTube video available
Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad
Even Though – More than Rubies
Even Though – More than Rubies
Hannah says: I’ve included the original music video to this song on the playlist. However, the edited video that Bob shared a number of weeks ago is so moving that I included it here. The song begins at 3.51 but I would listen at least from 3.14 onward to the words that the host shares. It shows the final moments of the lives of the 21 Egyptian Christians who were brutally murdered by ISIS. You won’t see anything graphic, (though it is deeply saddening). I encourage you to watch it if you haven’t seen it yet as it adds a depth to this song that is supernatural.
Invitation to Communion:
In Christ Alone – Getty
Scriptures for Meditation: Victory Over Death
Hebrews 2:9-18 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
1 Corinthians 15:21-26 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.