Jesus Came to Bring the World a Life-Transforming Message!

Dec 15, 2002
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Advent
Hymns: 63; 371; 57(1-5); 64
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, our dear heavenly Father, we come before You this day with thanksgiving in view of the gifts received from You by grace and for the sake of Jesus. Help us during this Advent Season to grow in our understanding of Your ways and in our commitment to living in accordance with Your will. Be with us to bless our worship. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 4

First Reading: 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

The apostle Paul closes his first letter to the Thessalonians with a series of evangelical admonitions - rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, among others. With these words, Paul reveals to us the nature of a God-pleasing life in this world as we await the second coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Second Reading: 

John 1:6-8, John 1:19-28

The evangelist John describes the ministry of John the Baptizer. He came in fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy to prepare the way for Jesus. Many thought he might be the promised Christ, but John protested that thought, knowing that he was rather "the voice crying in the wilderness."