So You Want to Follow Jesus...

Nov 6, 2011
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 20; 753; 378; 755; 305; 410
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, I am seeking to both know You and to follow You!  Open my heart through the work of Your Spirit, so that I might truly understand Your Word and embrace Your teachings.  Move me to dedicate myself, body and soul, to service within Your kingdom.  As I enter into Your presence this day fill my heart with repentance and faith.  As I later leave Your sanctuary, may Your presence remain with me filling me with confidence and hope.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 130

First Reading: 

Amos 5:4-7, Amos 5:10-15

Amos warned God’s Old Testament people in Israel to seek the LORD with repentant hearts and so to live. Unfortunately, many in Israel put their trust in their wealth, and their lives revealed a callous disregard for God’s command to love. Let us not follow such a foolish example, but rather indeed seek the LORD and live!

Second Reading: 

Hebrews 3:1-6

Why should we follow Jesus, rather than our own thoughts and opinions or those of another man? The writer to the Hebrews explains that Jesus is “the Apostle and High Priest of our confession”—the very Son of God who was and remains faithful to us providing for our future now and throughout eternity!