5 Steps to Prepare for Sunday

Each Monday morning, we will provide the passage in Hebrews to read during the week for the upcoming Sunday message, along with the worship playlist. Our prayer is that this enriches your experience with God's Word and worship during the week leading up to the time when we assemble as a community on Sunday morning. 

 

Week One (September 8)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter One. 

2. Notice

There are two distinct sections to this chapter; the first deals with the authority and finality of God's speaking to us through the Son. Think over what it means in verse 3 when the writer says that the Son sustains all things by His powerful word. This is the theological concept of Providence. God is not only Creator but Sustainer.  As J.I. Packer writes in his book, Consise Theology, "The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one's spiritual and eternal good (Romans 8:28). In the second section, beginning at verse 5, we are brought into a divine conversation between Father and Son. "But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever.' " (verse 8). Meditate on the beauty of being let in on this Trinitarian planning and agreement within the Godhead.

3. Ask

  • What speaks to you in this passage?

4. Listen to the worship playlist:

  • Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Christ Be All Around Me (Shane and Shane)
  • The Word of God Has Spoken (Travis Cottrell)
  • and Meet Us Here, watch now on YouTube

5. Pray


Week Two (September 15)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter 2

2. Notice the themes of:

  • Paying attention (Hebrews 2:1-4)
  • Jesus becoming fully human, or the Incarnation (Hebrews 2:5-18)

3. Ask yourself

  •       To what do I pay the most attention? Why?
  •       Why is it significant that Jesus was “made like them, fully human in every way” (Hebrews 2:17)?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  •       Psalm 100 (Chris Tomlin)
  •       Waiting Here for You (Christy Nockels)
  •       Goodness of God (Bethel)
  •       More Than Anything (Natalie Grant) watch now on NCC's YouTube Channel
  •       Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

5. Pray


Week Three (September 22)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter 3

2. Notice the themes of:

  • Jesus is called greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)
  • Following Jesus requires sustained commitment (Hebrews 3:7-8, 14-15)
  • Following Jesus is hindered by sin (Hebrews 3:12)

3. Ask yourself

  • Why among the many significant people of faith God used throughout history would the author focus on Jesus being greater than Moses?
  • What practices does the author suggest prevent “sinful, unbelieving hearts" (Hebrews 3:12-14)?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  • Meet Us Here
  • Cornerstone
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • Build Your Kingdom Here
  • Yes I Will watch now on NCC's YouTube Channel

5. Pray

  • That God would meet us in our worship on Sunday
  • That God would speak to you through Hebrews 3
  • That God would show you how to live out what He has shown you