The Few, the Humble, and the Righteous Enter God's Kingdom and Are Saved!

Sep 2, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 3 (alt. LSB #902), 342, 754, 315, 396
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, may I enter Your presence this day for worship with a heart true to You and not compromised by allegiances to this world. May I love You with all my heart, my soul, my mind, and my strength in view of Your great love for me in spite of my many sins and in view of the atoning work of Jesus Christ. May I confess my sins heartily, hear Your Word attentively, and sing Your praises joyfully. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 15

First Reading: 

Isaiah 66:18-23

Isaiah looks forward to the coming of God’s Kingdom when His glory would be proclaimed to all nations, and people of all nations would be gathered into His Church. He speaks of the ultimate goal for believers—heaven and the unfortunate end for unbelievers--hell.

Second Reading: 

Hebrews 12:18-24

The writer to the Hebrews contrasts Mt. Sinai with Mt. Zion. Mt. Sinai’s law condemns man’s sin, while Mt. Zion’s gospel proclaims God’s grace. God’s grace justifies and brings us a new covenant based upon the blood of Jesus Christ, our Mediator.