Run Home!

Nov 16, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 1, 586(1,3,4,7); 396, 479, 566
Pre-Service Prayer:

Holy Spirit, come and work in my heart through the Gospel. Live in my heart. Lead my eyes to remain focused on Jesus, my Savior, so that I may run my race with joy. Use the example of the faithful believers recorded in Scripture as encouragement for me in my race. Show me and assure me that the race I run is like theirs and that just as they were safely brought to heaven, so will I be brought safely home. Bless us all in worship and equip us to be ever watchful for Jesus’ return. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 111

First Reading: 

Hebrews 11:1-40

Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Children of God through the ages have built their hope and confidence on the sure Word of God. They have faced hardships, attacks from others, their own doubts, the trials of life, but yet remained focused on their Savior and the heavenly home to which they were travelling. The writer to the Hebrews compiles a large list of examples from the lives of Old Testament believers to demonstrate their Spirit-worked faith and how they ran their earthly race by trusting in Jesus, their Savior.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 25:31-46

On the Last Day, Jesus will separate believers from unbelievers. Believers do not inherit eternal life because of their good works, but Jesus does point to their good works as evidence of the saving faith which lives in their hearts. The unbelievers' hearts are empty and do not trust in Jesus. As a result, they are still in their sin and will be lost eternally.