This Sunday was another unique opportunity for the body of Christ to gather at Christ Baptist in Wilson and may we never neglect the corporate body gathered!  The time was opened by the reading of God’s word from Psalm 54 and Jonathan prayed over our time that we would sing, listen, speak, and actively give ourselves to God’s word.  We sang “Our God Saves” and “Unchanging“, two great anthems that reflect our desire to worship God for who He is revealed in Scripture.  Justin then read from Isaiah 53 and pointed us once again toward the Savior’s finished all sufficient work on the cross, predicted 700 years before the actual event.  In light of the sermon in Hebrews and Isaiah 53 we sang “The Saving One” by Starfield which continues to remind us that “death could not hold him down the cross was not enough to steal away His throne for He is God”.  We then sang “Come Thou Fount” and reflected on the last verse (usually not sung in most corporate gatherings and I give thanks to Bob Kauflin who opened my eyes to this oft neglected verse) it resonates with our longing of the coming salvation of Christ:

Oh that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in blood-washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace
Come my Lord no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day

Justin prayed for our time as we sat under the preaching of God’s word.  Then he read and expounded Hebrews 9:27-28.  He highlighted the fact that all humans are appointed to live and to die once, and then to face judgment.  Clearly contradictory to the common notion of reincarnation.  The Bible says NO reincarnation!  From there he connected verse 27 to verse 28 as the author had written “so also” and guided our attention once more to the finished work of Christ.  That we would look upon His finished work and eagerly long for His return and live all our lives as Luther said “for today and that day”!

In light of looking forward to Christ’s return we sang “How Great Thou Art” echoing the author of Hebrews “When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home what joy shall fill my heart”!

Jonathan read from Titus 2:11-14 and closed the meeting.

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