The Sermon: I Peter 1:17-25

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

“Resurrection Life – NOW!”

I. Your eternal life through the risen Christ

II. Your present life for the risen Christ

Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 11, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 732 – “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds”

The Opening Invocation

A Responsive Prayer

P: Let us lay our sins on Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God and daily repent of both the evil that we have done and the good we have failed to do –

C: “If we confess our sins, God (for Christ’s sake) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

P: God would personally assure each of His children of their sin-pardon in Christ Jesus, Who gave His life as a ransom for many –

C: “Be of good cheer; Your sins are forgiven you.” (Matthew 14:27)

P: Let us join together today in promising with the Lord’s help and strength

C: To make diligent use of God’s Word in church and in our daily lives. For “He who is of God hears God’s Word.” (John 8:47)

P: To attend the Lord’s Supper often for the strengthening of our faith in the forgiveness of our sins –

C: Jesus said: “This is My body and blood given and shed for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance f Me.” (Luke 22)

P: To witness for Christ in all we do or say, because He has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light –

C: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify Your Father Which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

P: To promote and give thanks for the fellowship of like-minded believers and to work with them in the holy task of spreading the Gospel –

C: “Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together…. but encourage one another…… Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Hebrews 10:25 & Mark 16:15)

P: To pray regularly for ourselves, our fellow Christians, and for all people –

C: “I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:1)

P: To live each day as though Jesus died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow –

C: “For if we live, we live to the Lord; And if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:7-8)

P: To look forward in faith to our Lord’s return, when He shall take us and all believers to Himself in heaven –

C: “There is in store for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day – and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearing.”(2 Timothy 4:8)

Sung Stanzas (Children Of The Heavenly Father)

The Scripture Readings – Psalm 118:14-24 & John 21: 1-14

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Hymn 411 “From Eternity, O God”

The Sermon ……………………………..…….……… I Peter 1:17-25

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

“Resurrection Life – NOW!”

I. Your eternal life through the risen Christ

II. Your present life for the risen Christ

“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Hymn 417 – “How Can I Thank Thee, Lord”

1. Thine forever, God of Love! Hear us from Thy throne above;
Thine forever may we be Here and in eternity!

2. Thine forever! Oh, how blest They who find in Thee their rest!
Savior, Guardian, heavenly Friend, Oh, defend us to the end!

3. Thine forever, Lord of Life! Shield us through our earthly strife.
Thou, the Life, the Truth, the Way, Guide us to the realms of day.

4. Thine forever! Shepherd, keep These Thy frail and trembling sheep
Safe alone beneath Thy care, Let us all Thy goodness share.

5. Thine forever! Thou our Guide, All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven; Lead us, Lord, from earth to heaven.

Our Gifts Of Faith And Love For The Lord’s Work

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 401 – “Praise to Thee and Adoration”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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