Profiles in Spiritual Courage

Sep 10, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Witnessing
Hymns: 16; 514; 445; 464
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, grant me the courage I need in the midst of the challenges of these latter days to stand firm in my convictions. Guided by Your Spirit and trusting in Your holy Word, may I ever prove faithful to You. As I join my fellow believers in worship this day, bless us with Your presence and inspire us with Your promises. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 31

First Reading: 

2 Samuel 12:1-14

It takes courage to confront individuals with their sin—especially when those individuals being confronted are powerful. Nathan courageously confronted David with his sins of adultery and murder. The Spirit of God led David to repentance, which then permitted Nathan to announce God’s forgiveness of David’s sins. David, however, while forgiven still had to endure the serious consequences of his sins.

Second Reading: 

John 6:44-51

It takes real courage at times to confess our faith in Christ. Yet, let us do so without fear, for Jesus alone is the “bread of life” through whom we receive the gift of “everlasting life.” Faith in Christ itself is likewise a gift, for faith is not something we are able to produce. God the Father must “draw” us to Jesus, creating faith through the preaching of the gospel.