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  • If you’d like to give an offering, there are two baskets in the back or you can use the “Giving” tab at the bottom-right corner of the mobile app.

 

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

“The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Christ in them. Whoever turns aside from this object, even though he wears himself out all his life in learning, he will never reach the knowledge of the truth.”
 — John Calvin

“…a great many of the ideas about God which are trotted out as novelties today are simply the ones which real theologians tried centuries ago and rejected.” 
 — CS Lewis, “Mere Christianity”

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
 — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”
 — Flannery O’Connor

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
 — Oscar Wilde

“Few people want to be saints nowadays, but everyone is trying to lose weight.”
 — Rene Girard

“Certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with the sense of ‘exile’.”
 — Tolkien, Letter #96

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
 — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
 — William Carey

 

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

 

SONG

 

He Lives

[Verse 1]
See the tomb where He laid
See the stone rolled away
He is risen, He is risen
He’s alive

See His hands, see His feet
Touch His scars and believe
He is risen, He is risen
He’s alive

[Chorus]
He lives
All honor and power are His
All glory forever, amen
Jesus lives

[Verse 2]
Hear the shackles breaking free
Hear the song of the redeemed
He is moving, He is moving
He’s alive

So take this freedom, take this love
Can you feel it rising up
He is here, He is here
He’s alive

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
You took all our shame, left it in the grave
We’re forgiven, we’re forgiven
The work forever done, only by the blood
It is finished, it is finished

[Chorus]

 

 

SONG

 

Holy and Anointed One

[Verse 1]
Jesus, Jesus
Holy and anointed One
Jesus

Jesus, Jesus
Holy and anointed One
Jesus

[Chorus]
Your name is like honey on my lips
Your Spirit like water to my soul
Your word is a lamp unto my feet
Jesus I love You, I love You

[Verse 1]
Jesus, Jesus
Risen and exalted One
Jesus

[Chorus]

 

COMMUNICANTS’ MEMBERSHIP

Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except in His Sovereign mercy?

Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon Him alone for your salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?

Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?


Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?


Do you promise to submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church, and promise to pursue its peace and purity?

 

SONG

It is Well with My Soul

[Verse 1]
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul

[Chorus]
It is well (It is well)
With my soul (With my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

[Verse 2]
If Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
And Lord haste the day, when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trumpet shall sound, and the Lord shall descend
Even so, it is well with my soul

[Chorus]

 

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 on Friday
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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2023 GIVING UPDATE
Total 2023 Budget: $850,242
Actual 2023 Giving: $879,337
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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
Hope for 2024

31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. 
Mark 8:31-32a

And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 
Mark 9:12b

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Mark 9:30-32

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
Mark 10:32-34

 

COMMUNION

 

SONG

The Blessing

[Verse]
The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace

[Chorus]
Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

[Verse]

[Chorus]

[Bridge 1]
May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children

[Bridge 2]
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

[Bridge 3]
In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you

[Chorus]

 

BENEDICTION

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:1-2