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PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

“The great value of the doctrine of the Second Coming is that it guarantees that history is going somewhere.”
William Barclay

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Philippians 3:21

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:19

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

22  “Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23  By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
‘To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’

Isaiah 45:22-23

 

SONG

Grace Alone

[Verse 1]
I was an orphan lost at the Fall
Running away when I’d hear Your call
Father, You worked Your will

I had no righteousness of my own
I had no right to draw near Your throne
Father, You loved me still

And in love before You laid
the world’s foundation
You predestined to adopt me
as Your own

You have raised me up so high
above my station
I’m a child of God by grace and grace alone

[Verse 2]
You left Your home to seek out the lost
You knew the great and terrible cost
Jesus, Your face was set

I worked my fingers down to the bone
Nothing I did could ever atone
Jesus, You paid my debt

By Your blood, I have redemption
and salvation
Lord, You died that I might reap
what You have sown

And You rose that I might be
a new creation
I am born again by grace and grace alone

[Verse 3]
I was in darkness all of my life
I never knew the day from the night
Spirit, You made me see

I swore I knew the way on my own
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone
Spirit, You moved in me

At your touch my sleeping spirit
was awakened
On my darkened heart
the light of Christ has shone

Called into a kingdom
that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen by grace and grace alone

So I’ll stand in faith by grace and grace alone
I will run the race by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin by grace and grace alone
I will reach the end by grace and grace alone

 

 

SONG

Be Lifted Up

[Verse]
Be lifted up, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

[Chorus]
Let the heavens rejoice, let the nations be glad
Let the whole earth tremble, for you are God
Come and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
As we bow down, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

[Verse]
Be lifted up, be lifted up
As we bow down, be lifted up

 

SCRIPTURE READING

19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Romans 6:19-22

 

SONG

Your Love is Strong

[Verse 1]
Heavenly Father, You always amaze me
Let Your kingdom come in my world and in my life
Give me the food I need to live through today
And forgive me as I forgive the people that wrong me

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one

[Verse 2]
I look out the window, the birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune or out of place
I walk to the meadow and stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl on her wedding day

[Pre-Chorus 2]
So why should I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need

[Chorus]
Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong
Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong
Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong

[Verse 3]
The Kingdom of the heavens is now advancing
Invade my heart, invade this broken town
The Kingdom of the heavens is buried treasure
Would you sell yourself to buy the one you’ve found?

[Pre-Chorus 3]
Two things You told me
That You are strong and You love me
Yes, You love me

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Our God in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name above all names
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us, today, our daily bread
Forgive us weary sinners
Keep us far from our vices and
Deliver us from these prisons

[Coda]

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Groups in February – We are seeking more group leaders, hosts, and teachers, who will gather others around sermon discussion questions or another biblical topic. If you might be willing to serve in this way, or if you have an idea you’d like to throw our way, e-mail Jeff Kyle to talk about it.

Study in James starting soon 
Chris Lau will host these Friday night gatherings (1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, & 3/8). At each session, participants will come prepared to share an observation, a question, the meaning of the passage, and an application, which always leads to fruitful discussions. For more details and to register click HERE.

We have a new mailing address. It’s a PO Box at a nearby UPS store.
King’s Cross Church

21143 Hawthorne Blvd #468
Torrance, CA 90503

 

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GIVING UPDATE
Total 2023 Budget: $850,242
Actual Giving YTD: $696,637
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OFFERTORY

If you would like to give electronically, you may do so using the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app. There are also white baskets in the back of our worship space, where you can give via check, made out to King’s Cross Church, or cash.

 


SERMON
“Stand Firm”

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

 

SONG

All Glory Be to Christ

[Verse 1]
Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me, What is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

[Chorus]
All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

[Verse 2]
His kingdom come, His will be done
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him, the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall e’er his people be
All glory be to Christ!

[Chorus]

 

BENEDICTION

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

Philippians 1:27-28