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Worship Guide for April 18

April 15, 2021

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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Summary: Pastor Tom gave us an introduction to the book of Judges last week.  In his absence, for the next couple Sundays, we will look at the letter of II Corinthians and consider two aspects of our mission statement as a church.  We exist to love God’s glory, so that we can love God’s people, and go out in love to serve God’s world.  This Sunday we will ponder that first phrase, to love God’s glory, from II Corinthians 3:7-18, in which we find the word “glory” 12 times.  Paul has the Corinthians stare at the gospel he preaches, contrasting the old covenant with the new, through the story of the shining face of Moses.  The glory of the new has completely eclipsed the glory of the old.  Believers now behold the superior glory of Christ and are transformed.

Review and Apply

When did God grant you spiritual sight and what were the circumstances leading to this?

Someone said, “Once we have spent time in the presence of the King, we will gradually become more like him.”  Why is this true and what does it look like practically?  How do you “behold the glory of the Lord”?

Can you give an example from your life of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit?

Why do you love Jesus Christ?  What characteristic of his person or office has especially come home to your heart in recent days?

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