Seek Genuine Humility!

Feb 11, 2007
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Christian Life, Grace
Hymns: 742; 238; 490; 351; 798
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, I must confess that all too often in my life I have failed to turn to You when I should, but rather I have put my trust in my own limited strength, wisdom, and wealth. Lead me to genuine repentance over my sin and sincere faith in Your dear Son. Uplift me by Your mercy and strengthen me through Your word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 18

First Reading: 

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

The apostle Paul compares our lives as Christians to the training of various athletes. Just as athletes discipline themselves in order to win a prize, so we Christians are to live our lives with discipline and faithfulness before our Lord as we seek to enter heaven.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 20:1-16

We are saved by God’s grace, not by our works. That is true of those who are baptized as infants and live long lives of Christian service, and those who come to faith at the end of their lives. Jesus illustrates that principle in His parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.