'Promises of God' interactive reading

Written By:
Sara Hargreaves
Bible Refs: 2 Cor 1:20

A while back the verse from 2 Corinthians 1:20 was preached on in our church. In the New International Version it reads "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God."

It struck me at the time what a fantastic response this verse is to any promise of God, and that it would be helpful to utter it when hearing such a promise. I have therefore put together a simple interactive reading, which lists a number of promises from the Bible, and gives the congregation the opportunity to respond with 2 Cor. 1:20. I have picked my favourite six verses, but there is no reason why you wouldn't change it and add the promises that are most relevant to your community. Feel free also to change the way it is read, adding 'solo' readers, or removing the interactive element altogether. I have also given the Bible reference after each promise, but you may want to remove these if you print a service sheet to limit any confusion.

My vision of this is done during a worship service, where the congregation is divided into three groups, as well as there being a leader reading from the front. It may be quite helpful used in the midst of a few songs of worship, as thanksgiving feels like a appropriate response at the end. Use it, change it and comment below! (download the attached PDF for a neat looking copy!)

 

Promises of God reading (2 Cor. 1:20)
 
Group 1:            “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 
Group 2:            “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 
Group 3:            Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 
Group 1:            “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:38-39)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 
Group 2:            Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 
Group 3:             Jesus said: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20)
 
Leader:             For no matter how many promises God has made,
they are “Yes” in Christ.
 
All:                        And we say ‘Amen’ through Christ and to the glory of God!
 

 

 

Sara co-leads engageworship.org together with husband Sam, drawing from her experience in music, worship and youthwork. She is also a mum of two wonderful children and they all live in groovy Luton.

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Previous Comments:

Rosemary Cunliffe
10 Jan 2013 17:51
Bless you Sara - This is great and a real envouragement even just finding it on your facebook! (BTW the attached "tidy"copy would not open for me.) xx have a faithful and joyful New year and I hope we see you all soon.
Sara Hargreaves
14 Jan 2013 11:32
Thanks for the encouragement, Rosie! And thanks for flagging up the faulty file, it's now fixed and downloadable - sorry about that!
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