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Sunday Service Recap: November 30, 2014

November 29, 2014

Redeemer Church

Champaign-Urbana, IL

Call to Worship: Joy to the World/O Come, All Ye Faithful



Repentance and faith are in fact the constituent elements of conversion when viewed from the standpoint of man’s experience. For what is conversion but “turning,” and what is “to be converted” but to turn? The Greek verb is often used in the New Testament in secular, non-theological contexts to describe someone’s action in turning round from one direction to another or turning from one place to another. When used in more technical, theological passages the verb has the same meaning. “You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” “You were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Thes. 1:9, 1 Pet. 2:25).

Conversion involves a twofold turn, a turn from idols and from sin on the one hand, and a turn to the living God and to the Savior of Shepherd of souls on the other. The “turn away” the New Testament calls repentance; the “turn toward” the New Testament calls faith. So repentance plus faith equals conversion, and no man dare say he is converted who has not repented as well as believed.

— John Stott, “Must Christ Be Lord and Savior?” ETERNITY (September 1959, Evangelical Ministries, Inc.), p. 5.

Confession of Sin

Song: Holy is the Lord, Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

Song: Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above written by Charles Wesley, performed by Leigh Nash.


Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Prayer: Missionary to Uganda

Song: In Christ Alone words and music Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Song: Mighty is the Power of the Cross written by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Shawn Craig

Sermon: Ken Smith, Proper Thanksgiving

Song of Response: All to Us – Words and Music by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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