A Study in True Humility

Sep 12, 2004
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Sanctification
Hymns: 2; 366:1-2,5-7; 24; 411:1,5-7
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, our blessed Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter, we come before You in worship with this prayer. Open our ears to the truths of Your word. Open our consciences to revelations of Your law. Open our hearts to the message of Your love. Open our lives to the influence of Your Spirit. Bless us this day, even as we sing praises to Your holy name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 84

First Reading: 

Proverbs 25:6-7

Solomon urges us to use our gifts with humility as we serve within our individual callings. To promote ourselves unduly can and often does bring shame.

Second Reading: 

Hebrews 13:1-8

Pride leads us to think only of ourselves. Genuine humility leads us to live lives of loving concern for others—strangers, prisoners, our spouses, neighbors, and those who serve us spiritually.