Let Us Learn from a Child...

Jan 19, 2003
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Consecration
Hymns: 743; 285(1-2,5-6); 296(1-3); 270(1,3-5); 296(4)
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, as we enter Your presence for worship this day, may we be slow to speak and quick to listen. Feed us with the truths of Your Word, so that sin might be removed from our lives, deceit from our tongues, and fear from our hearts. Give us strength to go on in our lives determined to serve You by serving others. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

First Reading: 

Psalm 119:105-112, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

God's Word is a "lamp" and a "light," which instructs and encourages us in our daily walk. Some suggest it is "out-of-date," but the Psalmist says it is our everlasting heritage. Let us listen carefully to God's Word and put it into practice in our lives!

The world does not want to listen to God's Word, especially God's commandments. The world cries out, "All things are lawful for me." St. Paul responds, "All things are not helpful." Our world has embraced sexual freedom but at great cost. St. Paul reminds us our bodies and spirits belong to God who encourages us to "flee sexual immorality" and lead chaste lives to His glory and our blessing.

Second Reading: 

John 1:43-51

Philip brought Nathanael to meet Jesus. Nathanael initially was not too impressed by what he heard about Jesus. However, after he had met and heard Jesus, he was convinced Jesus was the very Son of God. He then wanted to listen and serve his Lord and Savior. Let us do the same!