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10/27/2019 | The Church Where The Spirit Reigned

Updated: Oct 28, 2019


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At Calvary Restoration, our worship service is a journey through the gospel. The book of Romans explains this good news. Chapters 1-11 teach us that God exists and that he is powerful and just (in the order of service this is called Adoration). In contrast to God, we humans consciously rebel against God’s righteousness and therefore deserve his wrath (Confession). With a heart of grace, God sent his Son Jesus Christ to die and rise again that we might believe in him and be saved. Because God is righteous we can trust him to fulfill his promises (Assurance). In response, we offer our “bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is (our) spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). (Thanksgiving

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:16-17).

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen!” (Rom. 11:36).

Call to Worship - Isaiah 40:26 -28

Together: Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. Leader: Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Together: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.



Assurance of Grace

Ezekiel 35:25-26

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.



Scripture - Acts 2:38-47(ESV)

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Discussion Questions:

1. Look back at the context. What question(s) did Peter answer? What prompted the questions?

2. List all the commands that Peter gave. List all the assurances that Peter made.

3. How do the events in the first part (v.38-41) relate to the description in the second part (v.42-47)? 4. Suppose you had never been to church and you read this passage. What would you expect at your first Sunday service?


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