Are We True Christians or Merely Religious People?

Jul 19, 2015
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 226 (alt. TLH 2); 225; 757; 408; 51
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, as I enter into Your presence for worship today, fill my heart with a joyous understanding of Your grace and mercy and then instruct my mind with the truths of Your Word.  Move me to live my life in ongoing faithfulness to You and in genuine love for my neighbor.  I ask these things in the name of my Savior Jesus.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 47

True Christians join David as he pleads for cleansing, prays for restoration, proclaims God’s praise, and promises to walk with humility before his God!

Stephen forcefully and faithfully proclaimed God’s Word.  He was opposed by unbelievers, but he was never abandoned by his Savior. True Christians will often suffer opposition in this world, but they will be welcomed with joy by Jesus into the next!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 16:15-19

On behalf of all of the disciples, Peter confessed that Jesus was the promised Christ, the Son of God!  True Christians embrace that confession and proclaim a message of repentance and forgiveness of sin!