Tested by God

Feb 20, 2005
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Faith
Hymns: 536, 423, 427, 429
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I want to love You with my whole heart, soul, and mind, but I confess that many things seek to interfere with that love. All of my sins demonstrate a lack of love for You. Forgive me when my love fails and when I love other things or people more than You. Test me to mold me and strengthen me. Build up my heart’s trust by Your Word and let that trust never waver or be ashamed. Bless us all in worship this morning. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 25

First Reading: 

1 Peter 1:1-9

Peter wrote to Christians who had dispersed from Jerusalem due to persecution. These Christians were facing severe trials. Peter encouraged them with the living hope and the incorruptible inheritance that was theirs through Christ Jesus and His resurrection. Peter also assured these Christians that even these “trials by fire” would strengthen their faith and be to God’s glory.

Second Reading: 

John 12:20-26

Like a seed that dies in the ground to produce a living plant and much grain, Jesus would die to produce life through the forgiveness of sins. Those who serve Jesus and put their trust in Him will lose their old life of sin and death and find their true life in Jesus. Life in Jesus includes following Him and loving Him above all earthly things.