Dispelling Myths with the Truth

Feb 4, 2007
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Repentance
Hymns: 279, 325, 310/373/316, 52
Pre-Service Prayer:

Before Thee, God, who knowest all,
With grief and shame I prostrate fall.
I see my sins against Thee, Lord,
The sins of thought, of deed, and word.
They press me sore; I cry to Thee:
O God, be merciful to me! [TLH 318:1]

Heavenly Father forgive my sins for Jesus’ sake. Through Word and Sacrament in this worship service, strengthen my faith and equip me to live for You as I seek to glorify You in everything. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 86

First Reading: 

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus’ parable teaches that believers (wheat) and unbelievers (weeds) will live together in this world (the field). Judgment Day will be the day of harvest when wheat and weeds will be separated. This parable offers both warning and motivation. Warning–be careful because we are living among those whose influence may be harmful to our souls. Motivation–preach the Word of God because until the harvest unbelievers can still be brought to faith.

Second Reading: 

Romans 8:1-11

The Law of God informs us of His will and reveals how we fall short in living up to His expectations. As a result of our failures, the Law condemns us and cannot save us. Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirement of the Law for us and gives us His righteousness. We are not condemned. This lack of condemnation is not because God has overlooked sin. Rather, He brought the full judgment of sin upon Jesus in our place.