“My premise in this chapter is that you and I are very likely to be missing out on God’s best for the day unless we learn to build our week around Sunday, and not the other way around. For example, we should develop a practical game plan for what happens before, during, and after the Sunday meeting…..
Before The Meeting
Do we really need to prepare for Sunday? If we have something to wear and our hair is combed, what’s the big deal? But getting ready for Sunday is more than putting on clean clothes and making a quick run past the mirror. We need to get our hearts ready. It makes sense, really. We shouldn’t expect a rich spiritual experience on Sunday if we’re not willing to prepare our hearts and minds. think about other parts of life: Before we play sports, we warm up. Before a big presentation at work, we review our notes. Before we take a major test, we study. Why should we assume that we can show up on Sunday with no spiritual preparation?
Preparing for Sunday involves making both spiritual and practical decisions. On the practical side, a great Sunday starts Saturday night. It begins with carefully deciding what you do and don’t do the night before. One of the wisest decisions you can make is to get to bed on time so that you’re rested and ready for the next morning.
Besides getting adequate sleep, ask yourself what activities will put you in a God-focused state of mind. What’s going to draw you closer to a spirit of prayer and worship? When you stay up late Saturday to watch a movie or surf the Internet, do you wake up refreshed and with God’s Word on your lips? Not me. My heart feels dull, and I’m likely to walk into church with some silly action scene playing in my head….”
pg 95-96 Why Church Matters by Joshua Harris
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Here’s a detailed suggestion on how we may prepare our hearts and mind:
Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day—a day of great privilege for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, let me suggest you take some time this evening to prepare your heart and mind so that you may serve the Lord effectively, as an instrument in the hands of the Redeemer to further His great work in the church and the world. Set aside 15-20 minutes. Here is a suggestion as to how you may use that time to prepare for tomorrow.
Begin by opening your Bible and reading Hebrews 10:19-25. Then…
Think about These Truths:
As sinners who have repented and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior…
- We have direct access to God’s presence.
- The finished work of Christ is the new and living way to the Father.
- Jesus is our great High Priest who intercedes for us before God’s throne of grace.
Therefore, let us (together) go to our assembly determined to worship intentionally:
- Draw near to God in sincerity.
- Draw near to God in true faith (faith based on truth).
- Remember that our consciences have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus.
- Remember that our “sins of the body” have been forgiven by God upon our confession of faith.
- Hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering in doubt.
- Rest in our faithful God’s promises.
- Ponder how to encourage each other’s growth in love and truth while we fellowship together tomorrow.
- Be firmly committee to not miss our worship/fellowship gatherings tomorrow.
- Do not leave these gatherings without speaking an encouraging word to another brother or sister in Christ, to further spur them on toward Christlikeness.
Ways to Pray this Evening:
- Praise and thank God for sending Jesus and providing salvation and eternal life through faith in His name.
- Confess any sins of conscience or body that you have forgotten this week.
- Confess any sins to others and ask for their forgiveness.
- Confess sins of fear and doubt.
- Thank God for His promises and His faithfulness to keep them.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to set up an ‘appointment’ with another person who needs your encouragement or gentle admonishment.
- Pray for the man whom God has appointed to preach the Word to you tomorrow and for your heart to be open, teachable, mold-able to the Holy Spirit’s work.
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom 12:10).
But of course,it’s not just Saturday nights but our entire week that builds around Sunday :)