NCF Sunday Worship Livestream - July 7, 2024

Jul 7, 2024    Pastor Bob Becker

Sermon Title: “Holy Joy for Bad People” (Pastor Bob)


How are the redeemed supposed to respond when hearing their sins are forgiven? “Break forth into singing and cry aloud!” Isn’t the Gospel good news? Doesn’t good news make us happy? What we believe is summarized in the church’s creed, but it is also seen in joyful worship. Why are we so joyful? It is because God’s grace has caused such great reversals. Isaiah uses three images to help us know how to rejoice over God’s grace. It is like a barren woman who now has a growing family, like a lonely wife comforted by her loving husband, a poor city beautified by costly jewels. God’s word is effective. It changes people, situations, and societies. Because the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, died for us, and rose again and is coming again, a renewed world awaits us. Why wouldn’t any true believer not rejoice and keep on rejoicing?