The Heart of a Missionary

May 25, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Missions
Hymns: 467(1-4,6), 772, 770, 46
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, with gratitude for all You have done for my salvation I rejoice to be called a "Christian." Rule in my heart and send the Holy Spirit to work and dwell within me so that I may always conduct myself in a manner worthy of my calling as a child of God. Give me a heart that looks out for others more than myself, that loves others like You love me, that shares the Gospel with others, and rejoices to see and be a part of the work in Your kingdom. Bless us all in our worship this morning. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 98

First Reading: 

1 John 4:1-11

Anyone who claims to be teaching God's Word should be tested with God's Word. This includes us. There are many who teach false things. There are many who through ignorance and blindness are believing the wrong thing. We also could be led astray, so we need to use the Scriptures continually to evaluate what we teach and believe. As we evaluate the "spirits" and test what we ourselves teach we do so out of love for God and those who will hear the teaching.

Second Reading: 

John 7:14-24

As the Son of God who humbled Himself to be our Savior, Jesus declared that He was not speaking His own word, but only the words given to Him by His Father. Likewise, if we speak of ourselves we are glorifying ourselves. Let us rather speak the saving Word of God! The Pharisees evaluated Jesus' actions with their own laws and found Him sinning. Jesus instructed them to use "righteous judgment"--judgments made with God's truth.