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Preparing for Sunday at Emmaus: “Thankfulness for Gospel Fellowship”

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Here is the information to help prepare you for our gathering together on Sunday morning. Below you will find the outline for the sermon, as well as the songs that we will be singing together, and the Scriptures that we will be reading and considering. Take some time to prepare for tomorrow morning by reading the passages and praying before we meet in the morning.

Also, we are very blessed to have Dave Pugh preach God’s word tomorrow. Dave was a founding elder when Emmaus was planted nearly 4 years ago. Dave is in the military and he is here in town for a conference this week. We are so blessed to welcome him to the pulpit.


Title: Paul’s Pastoral Prayer for Gospel Unity  – “Thankfulness for Gospel Fellowship”
Text: Philippians 1:1-8
Outline: 3 spiritual realities about the local church that fuel thankfulness and motivate ministry:
1.)  God has made us partners in the Gospel (v3-5)
2.)  God completes what He begins (v6)
3.)  God’s grace binds us together (v7-8)


Call to Worship 
“I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.” (Psalm 35:18 ESV)
Congregational Song #1: Joy to the World
Confession of Sin  
“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue… (2 Pet 1:5 ESV)
Assurance of Pardon  
 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 8:1 ESV)
Congregational Song #2:  Not What My Hands Have Done
Congregational Song #3: We Praise Your Righteousness O God
Confession of Faith  
XII. Salvation
We believe that God, according to His elective purpose, saves sinners from His just condemnation unto eternal life, applying the substitutionary work of Jesus to all who believe in Him and repent of their sin, so that through saving faith God credits the sinner with the righteousness of Christ and grants forgiveness of sin and brings freedom from the bondage of sin and the promise of glorification (Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:1-10; Mark 10:45; Genesis 15:6; Acts 3:19; Colossians 1:14; Romans 3:21-4:5; 5:8; 6:1-11; 8:29-30).
Pastoral Prayer  
Worship through Giving
Congregational Song #4:  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 
Title: Paul’s Pastoral Prayer for Gospel Unity Part 1 – “Thankfulness for Gospel Fellowship”
Text: Philippians 1:1-8
Congregational Song #5: The Church’s One Foundation
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
(2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV)