We're Not There Yet ... But Christ Is!

Mar 28, 2004
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 234, 430(1-4,6,8), 447, 410
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, there is nothing more valuable to me than You. There are many other things that attempt to have my highest attention and love. Fill me with such a great love for You that I am able to count those things as loss in order that I might have You. Keep me focused on my true treasure in You and help me run the race that I may lay hold of the inheritance of God’s children the inheritance for which You have laid hold of me. Grant that all who are gathered here today will gladly hear Your Word and that all of our worship will be acceptable to You. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 73

First Reading: 

2 Kings 5:14-27

After God healed Naaman from his leprosy, Naaman wanted to reward Elisha with a gift. Despite Naaman’s urging, Elisha refused the gift. Later, Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, lied to Naaman in order to receive gifts for himself. Elisha valued God’s Word and refused the gift in order to give the glory to God. Gehazi valued earthly gifts more than truthfulness and faithfulness to God’s Word.

Second Reading: 

Luke 20:9-19

At times, throughout the history of Old Testament Israel, the people refused to hear the messengers God sent. In some cases, they killed God’s prophets and would soon kill the Son of God Himself. Jesus’ enemies were rejecting God’s Word just as their ancestors had done. Jesus told the parable of the wicked vinedressers to illustrate this history and to rebuke His enemies’ unbelief. The parable also stirred up Jesus’ enemies’ hatred as the time for His death drew near.