God is with us in Word and Sacrament

Believe, Belong, Become (Feb 6–12)

We BELIEVE that Jesus Christ purchased and won us from sin, death, and the devil with His own blood. Therefore, we BELONG to Him and in Him we belong to one another, so that we BECOME like Him as we mature in faith toward God and fervent love toward one another.

Believe . . .

When do people have other gods? They have other gods:

A. When they regard and worship any creature or thing as God;

  • Psalm 115:4
  • Philippians 3:19
  • Revelation 9:20

B. When they believe in a god who is no the triune God;

  • Matthew 28:19
  • John 5:23

C. When they fear, love, or trust in any person or thing as they should fear, love, and trust in God alone;

  • Psalm 14:1
  • Proverbs 11:28
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Matthew 10:28
  • Matthew 10:37
  • Ephesians 5:5

D. When they join in the worship of one who is not the triune God.

  • 2 Corinthians 6:15–15

Belong . . .

Pray for one another (James 5:16)

  • Campbell Family — Greg, Donna
  • Campbell Family — Gunnar, Bethany, Amadeus, William, Mary
  • Carroll Family — Ann
  • Cash Family — Rusty, Tiffany, Charlotte, Anabelle, Walter
  • Crawford Family — George, Candy

Pray for kings and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2)

  • Local — Elizabeth Leamon (City Clerk)
  • State — Kimberly Lightford (Senate Majority Leader)
  • National — Kevin McCarthy (Speaker of the House)

Pray for the Gospel to spread among all peoples (Matthew 9:37–38)

Become . . .

Friday is the Commemoration of Silas, Fellow worker of St. Peter and St. Paul. Silas, a leader in the church at Jerusalem, was chosen by Paul (Acts 15:40) to accompany him on his second missionary journey from Antioch to Asia Minor and Macedonia. Silas, also known as Silvanus, was imprisoned with Paul in Philippi and experienced the riots in Thessalonica and Berea. After rejoining Paul in Corinth, he apparently remained there for an extended time. Beyond that there is little further mention of Silas and his association with Paul.

As Christians, baptized into the God’s kingdom and made members of God’s family by grace, are God’s fellow workers. We are pressed into His service in our daily lives. We are in full-time church work in this way. Everything we do bears the name of God because we bear the name of God. Let us be mindful that we are His fellow workers, we are his representatives, so that all that we say and do may reflect the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.


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