Stand Fast in Your Christian Freedom!

Jul 8, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 8, 750, CS 598 (alt. TLH 335), CS 468 (alt. TLH 424), 53
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear Heavenly Father, You fill my life with Your blessings, not the least of which is freedom. I confess that I can so easily take this blessing for granted, because I enjoy such wonderful freedom simply as a citizen of this land. Help me, however, to understand and appreciate the fact that all true freedom begins with and rests upon the redemptive work of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who has delivered me from the bonds of Satan and enables me to use my freedom wisely in service to others. Only then can I truly be free! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 146

First Reading: 

1 Kings 19:14-21

In spite of good preaching, the solus of men at times remain chained by unbelief. Because of this, Elijah was near despair. The LORD informed Elijah, however, that there were 7,000 people whose hearts had been freed by the gospel and were faithful to Him. He then sent Elijah to anoint Elisha to be both his companion and his prophetic successor.

Second Reading: 

Luke 9:51-62

The answer to unbelief is not anger, but rather a persistent preaching of the truths regarding Jesus. It will not always be easy to follow Jesus, but let us strive to do so. Having been freed by the gospel, let us be faithful to our Lord following Him regardless of the costs involved!