We Need to Watch Ourselves for the Sakes of Others

Oct 10, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 19(1,3,5-6); 411(1-5,7); 444; 47
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, create and keep in me a true love for souls so that I will carefully watch all that I say and do lest I lead someone to sin. Give me strength to cut off from my own life those things that lead me into sin and let me always be spiritual salt in the sinful world, and a light that shines forth the glories of Your grace. Bless us all in our worship this morning. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 1

First Reading: 

1 Kings 11:1-13

King Solomon’s heathen wives became a trap for him. He became comfortable with the temptations they presented to him and he fell into sin. We rejoice to know that Solomon later repented of his sin and returned to the Lord, but in his fall we learn the dangers of being close to temptation.

Second Reading: 

Romans 14:14-15:6

We have the freedom to do many things that are not sinful in God’s eyes. If, however, something we do would lead someone else to stumble in their faith, we will not do it. Having a "right" to do something, but not doing it for the sake of someone else is a mark of Christian love.