Love--the Greatest Christian Virtue

Feb 1, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Sanctification
Hymns: 130:1,3-5; 439; 754; 315; 134:1,5
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, we are Your redeemed children, purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and gathered this day to worship in Your presence. Instruct us with Your Word. Inspire us to offer You praise. Strengthen us through the reception of Your sacrament. Move us always to walk before You with faithfulness and in love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 32

First Reading: 

Jeremiah 1:4-10

God informed Jeremiah that before He formed him in his mother’s womb, He knew him and ordained him to be a prophet. Jeremiah’s task would not be easy. He was to proclaim God’s Word to a people, who would not listen. Yet, he was not to fear, for God would be with him and give him the proper words to speak. Even so, God calls us to proclaim His Word—the Holy Scriptures to the people of our day without fear and with the certain knowledge that He is with us also!

Second Reading: 

Luke 4:21-32

Jesus preached the truths of God’s Word with astonishing authority. His former neighbors in Nazareth rejected His words, and when Jesus pointed out that their unbelief would deprive them of God’s blessing, they tried to kill Him. Others, however, gladly received Jesus’ words and rejoiced in God's blessings. Let us follow Jesus’ example and continue to proclaim God’s Word. Many, no doubt, will reject those words, but some will hear, listen, rejoice, and be given the gift of everlasting life!