God's Gracious Constancy Contrasts Our Sinful Wavering

Feb 23, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Salvation
Hymns: 16, 405, 292(1-4,7-9), 53
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You have been so faithful to me! Keep me ever feeding on your faithfulness so that I put complete trust in You. You are so constant with Your blessings and promises, and still I waver so much in my love and faithfulness toward You. Forgive my sin and with Your Word deepen my love for you so that I might be constant in love toward You and others. Bless us all in worship today. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 130

First Reading: 

2 Corinthians 1:15-22

The apostle Paul did not conduct his ministry with the wavering of human flesh—first yes, then no, then yes and no. Rather, Paul’s preaching and indeed his whole ministry was built upon the sure YES of God’s promises to us in Christ Jesus. God gives the Holy Spirit as a pledge and guarantee that His promises are sure. The working of the Holy Spirit brings faith to believe God’s promises and confidence to our hearts when we do.

Second Reading: 

Mark 2:1-12

Jesus’ miracles were never an end to themselves. They served the greater work of preaching the Gospel for the forgiveness of sins. Greater than any miracle that Jesus performed was the message of Salvation He preached. When friends brought a paralyzed man to Jesus, He first forgave the man’s sin. Then, to demonstrate that He is the Son of God with power to forgive, Jesus healed the man.