Creeds and Deeds

Oct 5, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Sanctification
Hymns: 16, 439, 754/315, 52
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You have done so much for me in providing for my earthly needs and for redeeming my soul through the work of Jesus. There is no way that I can repay You for all of Your gifts, but help me to show appreciation for what You have given. Instruct me in what is pleasing to You, motivate me to work diligently for You, and enable me to resist temptation so that all that I do will glorify You. Work in me a living and fruit producing faith. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 116

First Reading: 

Genesis 12:1-9

Abraham’s faith led him to follow God’s will by leaving his homeland even when he didn’t know where he was going. Abraham lived and moved according to the Lord’s direction. Wherever Abraham went he erected an altar to the living God so that He might worship, give thanks, and praise Him. Faith that is alive listens to God’s word, follows His will, and serves Him.

Second Reading: 

Revelation 2:1-7

The Christians in Ephesus were outwardly doing everything well, but their faith was in danger because they had lost their first love. They were doing everything that their faith had once moved them to do, but now they were doing it mechanically, not remembering the love of Christ that had moved them in the first place. Faith without love for Christ and for one another is not really faith, it is dying or dead altogether.