The Triune God and the Task and Message of His Church

Mar 13, 2016
Guest Pastor
Topic(s): Witnessing
Hymns: 747; 772; LSB 837 (alt. WS 769); 496
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Father in heaven, as I join my fellow believers in worship today, fill all of our hearts with a zeal for the work of missions.  Help me and others to understand the true nature of our great spiritual needs, of Your amazing love, and of the salvation You have so graciously prepared for all human beings.  Impress upon us a sense of urgency, for souls are at stake.  Move us to share Your truths with others as You give us opportunity, so that many will join us in singing Your praises.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 98

First Reading: 

Isaiah 49:5-7

In this reading the LORD identifies Jesus as His “Servant” and “chosen” One who would without apology and in the face of opposition “raise up the tribes of Jacob” and serve as “a light to the Gentiles.”

Second Reading: 

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

The message of the cross is “foolishness” to many, but it is the “power of God” for those being saved. We ought not be surprised, then, when the world opposes the preaching of the gospel, but we need not fear, for God is wiser and stronger than the world!