You Have Reason to Rejoice!

Oct 21, 2007
Guest Pastor
Topic(s): Evangelism
Hymns: 775(1,3,5-6), 772(1-4), 507, 464, Christ the Eternal Lord
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, You have made me Your witness. Help me daily to understand and appreciate the privilege, the responsibility, and the necessity for this calling. Teach me and guide me with Your Word so that I am well equipped to speak of You to others. Open my eyes to see the opportunities You prepare for me, and then give me boldness to take those opportunities and share Your Word. Be with all who share the Gospel in places I cannot. Cause their labors and my own to be effective for the spread of Your Kingdom. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

First Reading: 

Philippians 1:12-18

Imprisonment may seem like a setback for the Apostle Paul’s mission work. This was not the case. While imprisoned, Paul was able to share the Gospel with the whole palace guard. Meanwhile, others were preaching Christ but with wrong motives. Nevertheless Paul rejoiced because the Gospel was being preached. Wherever the Gospel is preached God’s Kingdom will spread, and that is cause for rejoicing.

Second Reading: 

Luke 24:44-53

Before ascending into Heaven, Jesus drew the connection between His work and the work of His disciples. Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament promises and accomplish salvation for sinners. The disciples of Jesus—then and now—are witnesses of all that Jesus has done.