What Am I Gonna Do in a World Opposed to Christ?

May 12, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 221; 413; 423; 436
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, I know that as one of Your disciples I will face opposition in this world. Perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle me so that I may remain faithful to You in any trial, even rejoicing that I am able to suffer because of You. Bring me safely through any trials and use them for my blessing and Your glory. Give me confidence through the reassurance that You are ascended and now live and rule over all things. Bless each of us in worship today! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 27

First Reading: 

Jeremiah 15:10-21

Jeremiah had faithfully declared God’s Word. Among the people, such faithfulness only earned him rejection, death threats, and other mistreatment. A dejected prophet came to the LORD pleading for deliverance form his enemies. God answered Jeremiah with the reassurance that He would strengthen His prophet and deliver him.

Second Reading: 

John 17:1-15

On the night of His arrest, Jesus prayed for Himself and for His disciples. Jesus knew that soon He would die, rise again, return to heaven, and would no longer be visibly with the disciples on the earth. Yet, the disciples would continue in this world and be opposed by the world just as it had opposed Christ. Therefore, Jesus prayed that the Father would guard and keep the disciples—not taking them out of the world (because they had work to do), but preserving them from the Devil.