This week as protests against racial injustice and prejudice have sprung up across North America as well as around the globe, our world has been extraordinarily attuned to the evil of sin and its consequences: death. In the midst of the mortal tension of COVID-19, we have been urged over recent days to truly reckon with how well we obey the command to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31).
Of all people, this command falls with particular weight upon anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ. Oh God, may we ever increasingly show compassion, seek wisdom, and cultivate genuine love for one another.
For believers, we know the ultimate source of restoration and healing is Christ, and we anticipate the joy of an eternity without pain in Heaven with God. So we turn once more this Sunday to learn more about the reason for our hope from God’s Word, the Bible.
Looking once more at the ascension of Jesus into Heaven, we focus this time on its significance to the mission of every true Christian (the “Great Commission,” as it’s often called): to proclaim the good news of the gospel to all people.
May God increase our hunger for the truth of His Word and our boldness to proclaim it.
First Song: His Mercy is More
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Second Song: As the Deer Panteth for the Water
Message: Jesus Ascends to His Throne
Third Song: More About Jesus Would I Know
O Jesus, for this you died! That you might reconcile hopeless, hostile people to God and to each other. You have done it for millions by grace through faith. Do it, Lord Jesus, in Minneapolis, we pray. Amen.John Piper (theologian, former pastor, and resident of Minneapolis; you can read/listen to his full prayer here)