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The Church honors governing authorities.
Wisdom from God helps us to see the relationship between the Church and the government and the respect we owe to all who govern.
O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
God gives us government as a gift and as his servant. Even when we can’t see it so clearly, God is working his plans and purposes for us and for all people through government. Church and state have different tools, different roles, and different goals. We would do well to keep these differences in mind. When we expect the government to accomplish what the Church has been called to do or vice versa, we will be left disappointed. Whether we have a government that is good, fair and equitable to us or not, we can rejoice that God is in control. Christ is King of both kingdoms and nothing can take from him his throne in either realm. Join us for a discussion on chapters 3-4 or Civil Government.
The Church is composed of those who believe the Gospel.
The Church is not made up of the good and the great, but only of those who
put their faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
Almighty God, you invite us to trust in you for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of your judgment but by the greatness of your mercy; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Closing out our reading of Grace Abounds, we conclude this series with a discussion on Chapter 17 – Eschatology. That’s just a big goofy sounding Greek word that means “study of the End Times.” The book closes with a review of the things that the Christian can expect and hope for as we are ushered through death from this world and to the next and the return of Jesus Christ to judge the world and gather the elect to his side in the glory in heaven. We see, in these truths as we have all throughout this series, that God’s Grace Abounds.
Jesus Is Our Intercessor.
The lines of communication between Jesus and his people are always open. He hears and answers our prayers and represents us before the throne of God.
Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand. Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
We are holy and redeemed children of God. Because of his grace and forgiveness, we now can do something that we could never do on our own – live that Christian life. Christ Jesus has changed places with us and has fulfilled the law in our place and now we are holy in God’s sight. We can live those holy lives to thank and praise our loving and living Lord! It’s not always east – in fact God promises a struggle, but it’s a struggle which we will overcome, because Jesus is our strength, our joy and our life!
Jesus Is Our Companion.
By trusting in Jesus and keeping his commands (ie - believing what he tells us about himself) we are attached to the Savior's eternal presence. We never walk alone, but are guided by his love and his Spirit.
O God, you are the giver of everything good. Inspire us, your humble servants, to long for what is right and through your gracious guidance, to accomplish it to your glory: through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Chapter 15 of Grace Abounds discusses the Church. Pastors Strong and Hackmann discuss the difference between the visible and invisible church. They explore the blessing that it is that God has both established the priesthood of all believers and established the public ministry. The church is a blessing for the believer and we pray that this podcast episode is as well.
Jesus is our only Savior.
The living Christ is both inclusive and exclusive: he is the Savior of all people, but he is also the only Savior of all people. We follow Jesus because there is no one else to follow.
O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
God delivers his love to us. You could stop there and this would be amazing enough. But he delivers his love to us through means, means that we can see and touch and hear and smell and taste. We can put our finger on it and gain extra comfort from the touch of God’s love! Celebrate with us the marvel of the mercy of God and add one more thing to your long list of things for which to give thanks – the Means of Grace!!
Jesus is our Shepherd.
The picture of Jesus as a shepherd and his followers as the sheep is a picture that believers cherish. In the Good Shepherd, we see protection, safety, and loving leadership.
O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Lead us now to the still waters of your life-giving Word that we may abide in your Father's house forevermore; for you live and reign with him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
You are one click away from a great discussion on the topic of faith. It’s the topic of Chapter 13 of the book Grace Abounds and so it’s the topic of this week’s discussion. Knowledge, Assent, Trust are the three aspects of faith. All are gifts from God! He’s given us the ability to know, agree and trust in him, in his promises and in the salvation that he provides for us! Rejoice in what our God has done and how he’s given it to us freely by his grace!!
Jesus is our hope.
Sometimes we wonder how life can go on; it seems impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After this or after that, what does the future hold? When he met them on the road to Emmaus, the living Jesus showed two down and out disciples that his resurrection changed their perspective. With Jesus, hope is always alive.
O God, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world from the despair of death. By his resurrection to life, grant your faithful people gladness of heart and the hope of eternal joys; through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.