DEVOTION: (Note: I don't know what happened yesterday… I guess I didn't have enough coffee, but I used the wrong reading yesterday. Here's the reading I should've used yesterday.)
1 Corinthians 3:1-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
Divisions in the Church
I love this passage as a pastor, because it shows the fickleness of human beings and how easily we can get sidetracked. Paul didn't care whether the people were on his "side" or Apollos's side, or that they followed any particular person as long as they heard the good news and believed in Christ as Savior and Lord.
We are such competitive, selfish, children sometimes. Hear me clearly and fully! St. John's Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Missouri is not in competition with any other Christian church! As long as the church teaches the Trinity and that Jesus is Lord and Savior of all through His death and resurrection, it is a Christian church!
Other Christian churches may disagree with our teachings about such things as the authority of Scripture, the Sacraments, and many other things, but we are not in competition with them. Therefore, we should not be trying to steal members from one church to make them members of ours. We should not be putting down another church to prop up ours.
And let it also be known that I, as a pastor, just want you to be in worship so that you can hear the good news of Jesus and His salvation and so that you can receive His gifts of body and blood. It is never about me!! Don't make it about me. Don't come to St. john's because of me, and please don't leave St. John's because of me. I'm only a man. Jesus is Lord and God! Come because of Him!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me grace, and for the confidence I have in what I believe. Grant my fellow Christians in other denominations that same peace that can only come from knowing you as Lord and Savior. Amen.
Thurs- Lutheranism 101 6:30pm
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible class 9:45; Elders meeting noon
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Nova Luebke 11- Kalene Masters
Ushers- Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze, Gary Scott, Dave Winter
Altar- Set up- Don Hance; Clean up- Joann Hachtel
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Jason Cluver; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Paul and Cindy Klover; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone; 8:30- Steve McDowell; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano- Kathy Barrow