The Cries of Faith

Aug 18, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Faith
Hymns: 4; 358; 388; 381; 396
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Work in my heart the simple faith of a child and preserve me in that faith all the days of my life. Where I or fellow believers have a tottering faith, strengthen it. For sinners who do not put their trust in You, I pray, asking you to come to them with Your Word and call them to Yourself. In your mercy look upon us, help us, and feed us with Your Word. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 131

First Reading: 

Ruth 1:1-17, Acts 10:34-43

Ruth was a Moabite—a Gentile. Yet, through her husband and his family, she learned about the true God of Israel. When Naomi (Ruth’s mother-in-law) was going to return to Israel she encouraged Ruth to stay with her people and their gods in Moab. Ruth refused. Instead, Ruth confessed her trust in the True God. Ruth, a Moabite by blood, was a child of God by faith and is an ancestor of Jesus.

God sent Peter to Cornelius, a Gentile centurion. In order to teach Peter that the Gospel was also for Gentiles, God gave him a vision. In the house of Cornelius, Peter spoke the words of this reading. Peter proclaimed the salvation won by Christ and further declared that salvation belongs to all who from every nation who put their trust in Christ.

Second Reading: 

John 6:35-40

Jesus is the “bread” that satisfies our souls’ hunger and needs. All who believe in Jesus have life in His name. The Caananite woman who came to Jesus (sermon text) pleaded just for “crumbs.” Her faith in who Jesus was and what He could do was so great that she believed even a “crumb” of the “Bread of Life” would satisfy her need. She was right.