Whom Do You Serve...Your Sin or Your Savior?

Jul 7, 2013
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: LSB 902 (alt. TLH 3); CW 185 (alt. TLH 293:1-2); 243; 316; 757:1, 4-5
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, I pray that You would set my heart free from sin.  Cause me to enter Your presence with a repentant heart, a willing mind, and a sincere desire to grow in my faith.  As I live my life, may I do so with a firm commitment to be faithful to You and to honor You with both my words and deeds.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 28

First Reading: 

Romans 6:12-18

Are we slaves of sin or slaves of righteousness?  One might be tempted to suggest that we are neither, but that is not the case.  The reality is that either we serve sin or our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is no third choice! Serving sin leads to certain death, while serving our Savior leads to eternal life!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 18:1-14

Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  Jesus says that those with childlike humility and faith are the greatest!  He then goes on to point out how dangerous sin is and what an offense it is to lead children astray.  Let us recognize and rejoice in God’s desire to see each one of us in heaven!