Cross Pointe Church Cebu

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WORSHIP PROGRAM

April 11, 2021

CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 86:5-8

SONGS OF PRAISE

Lead On

Build My Life

How He Loves Us

OFFERING

2 Corinthians 8:9

BIBLE READING

Genesis 18:16-33

SERMON

“EXPECT GOD TO ALWAYS DO WHAT IS RIGHT” (Pastor Omar)

SONG OF RESPONSE

Knowing You Jesus

BENEDICTION

GRIEVING OVER EVIL

road sign, attention, right of way

Amsterdam’s “red light” district is known for its drug addicts and prostitutes. Many try to avoid this part of the city, but for the Christian outreach, Youth with a Mission, this neighborhood was the perfect place to establish a base. Outreach workers frequently go on “prayer walks,” during which they pray against the obvious evil of this district and for the salvation of its residents.

 

In Genesis 12, we saw that God chose Abraham to bless all the peoples of the earth. Abraham certainly wasn’t perfect, and neither were some of his interactions with other nations. For example, when Abraham lied about Sarah in Egypt, great sickness came upon the Pharaoh’s household (Gen. 12:10-20). But foreigners, such as Eliezar of Damascus (Gen. 15:2), became part of Abraham’s household and shared in God’s covenant blessings. Genesis 18 shows that Abraham blessed people around him by praying for them.

 

When the three divine visitors who announced that Sarah was going to have a son were about to leave, the Lord revealed to Abraham His intentions against Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 20). No wonder Isaiah 41:8 says that Abraham was the friend of God. Abraham’s mercy and justice not only reflect the Lord’s work in him, but also show his own heart.

 

This is the second time that Abraham acted on behalf of Sodom. The first time, he intervened militarily (see Gen. 14:14); this time, he intercedes spiritually. Both times, Abraham is concerned to protect the righteous. At first, the exchange in Genesis 18 sounds more like a business deal than a prayer session! But Abraham’s questions show his concern for the entire city, not just Lot and his family. Abraham wants to affirm that Judge of all the earth (v. 25) will do the right thing.

 

Indeed the Judge of the earth does the right thing, but sadly this meant the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Despite Abraham’s prayers, the residents of Sodom were too hardened in their sin. Yet the Lord faithfully rescued Lot and his family, even though it doesn’t appear that Lot was a very good witness.

 

Even people who don’t read the Bible know that Sodom and Gomorrah are synonymous with wickedness. Given how terrible these places were, Abraham could have felt relief, or even satisfaction, over their judgment. Instead, we see that he was grieved because of their impending destruction.

 

Do we feel grieved when we consider evil around us, knowing that many individuals are facing destruction? Are our hearts moved to intercession for them? Abraham’s intercession is a challenging example for us all.

 

Source: todayintheword.org

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WOMEN OF GRACE

Sundays 2:00 PM 

Contact Person: LiAnn Du 

0917-326 8718

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SUNdates Lifegroup

2nd & 4th Sundays, 3:00 PM

Contact Person: Sheila Dalay 

0917-8434915 

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