Fight the Good Fight of Faith!

May 21, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 192:1-6; 447; 444; 198
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, our blessed Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier–be with us this day and guide as we enter Your house for worship. Lead us to sincere repentance over our sins. Instill within us a desire to sit at Your feet and hear Your Word. Move us to lay before You with thanksgiving our prayers and petitions. Send Your Holy Spirit to uplift and direct us today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

First Reading: 

1 John 5:12-21

The apostle John concludes his first epistle by encouraging his readers to cling to and believe in Jesus Christ, through whom they have the certain hope of life everlasting. He urges them to pray with confidence and to do so also for those who have fallen into sin with the hope that the Spirit will lead such individuals to repentance. The world is indeed evil and will continually oppose believers. That is why it is so important to remain close to Christ!

Second Reading: 

John 17:20-26

In His “High-Priestly Prayer” Jesus asked His Father to bless us New Testament believers with unity–a unity with each other and a unity with both the Father and the Son. That unity of faith is brought about through the preaching of the gospel–a message the world simply does not understand, but which reveals to believing hearts the great love of God the Father revealed through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ.