A Great Faith Rests upon a Great Jesus!

Mar 16, 2014
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 413 (alt. TLH 522);379;520(1,6,8-10); 396
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, send Your Holy Spirit to strengthen my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  Help me to persevere in my prayers, even when it seems those prayers go unanswered.  Give me patience to await my Lord’s timing, for He knows best when and how to meet my needs.  Open my ears to His gospel invitations, so that I come to Him with joy and with confidence and be enriched by the preaching of His truths.  Bless my worship this day, O Lord!  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 119:73-80

First Reading: 

Genesis 32:24-30

The night before Jacob met his brother Esau upon returning to the land of Canaan, God came and wrestled with him.  Jacob, knowing he was dependent upon God’s grace, refused to let God go without first receiving a blessing.  A truly great faith clings to God and counts on His blessings!

Second Reading: 

Hebrews 5:5-9

The object of great faith is Jesus, the Son of God and our High Priest, who learned obedience through suffering, but then was granted all power in heaven and on earth and so became “the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”