Simple Christianity

Jan 14, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 130; 409; 770; 422(1-2,4)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your grace which has called me to faith and enables me to follow You. Still, I know that I fail to deny my self and all my sinful desires. I strive to follow, but often find myself tripping and stumbling and turning the wrong direction. Forgive my sins, patiently lead me in Your mercy, and help me “show” You to others. Bless us all in worship this day! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

First Reading: 

Isaiah 61:1-6

“Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew) mean “the Anointed One.” This prophecy of Isaiah begins with the Son of God speaking. He describes the work for which He had been chosen and anointed the Spirit of the LORD. Then Isaiah continues by describing the effect of the Messiah’s redemptive work. Prophesies like this foretold how wonderful the Messiah’s coming would be, which was why Nathanael had a hard time believing that the Chirst could come out of Nazareth (cf: Sermon text).

Second Reading: 

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Jesus once said, “He who is not with Me is against Me…” (Matthew 12:30); and “No one can serve two masters…” (Matthew 6:24). It is impossible to follow Jesus and our sinful flesh at the same time. Paul reminds us that we are part of Christ’s “body.” Would a member of Christ’s body pursue sin? Christ paid the purchase price to buy us back from sin and death, we are His…not our own to pursue our own sinful ways.