The "Heart" of the Gospel Is Medicine for the Hearts of Sinners

Jan 16, 2000
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 90 (1-2,6-8); 300(1-4); “God’s Own Child I Gladly Say It”; 378; 376
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus I come today to celebrate the new life you have given me through your suffering, death, and resurrection for my sins. Thank you! Keep me in Your grace so that I never stubbornly turn from You and from Your Word. Minister to the hearts and souls of us all, giving us the healing medicine of Your saving Word. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 31

When the Children of Israel heard the thunder, trumpet, and God’s voice and saw the lightening and smoke on Mt. Sinai, they were terrified! When we hear God’s Law and its judgment against our sins, we will be terrified by what we deserve. The Gospel of Christ, however, shows us God’s mercy and grace and brings hope instead of fear.

Dead in sin! That is the conclusion God pronounces upon us sinners—spiritually dead from the beginning of life and eternally dead in hell UNLESS new life can be given to the dead. In an incredible miracle of grace and the redemptive work of Christ, we who were dead are now ALIVE!

Second Reading: 

Luke 4:16-22

The only way for the dead to live and for those under the curse of the Law to escape its judgment is through the work of Christ. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to be our Savior from sin and bring life to the dead, freedom to the captives, healing for the sick of heart and soul.