Sunday Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am

June 18, 2017                                                                 Pentecost 2

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Jesus satisfied God's demands for perfection. His righteousness is ours by faith. We do not accept any substitutes, even if they are cleverly disguised in Jesus' name.

Order of Service

Divine Service 1, page 15 in the front part of the blue supplement

Opening Hymn

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, #234

Prayer of the Day

O God, you rule over all things in wisdom and kindness. Take away everything that may be harmful and give us whatever is good; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

First Lesson

Deuteronomy 11:18-21,26-28

God's Word is essential to the spiritual welfare of his people. That is why he commands us to make it the guiding principle in our thoughts and actions, our coming and going. God's Word is the greatest inheritance we can give to our children. Here God is speaking about his holy law. We can avoid God's anger and enjoy God's blessings by keeping his commands. This, of course, is impossible for sinners to do. Only when we despair of our own efforts are we ready to turn to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who kept the law in our place.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 78, page 95 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Romans 3:21-25a,27,28

All of us have fallen short of the righteousness God's law demands. By that standard all of us are eternally condemned. Nevertheless, God provided a way of righteousness that has nothing to do with our obedience to God's law. Far from ignoring our sins, God punished them with Jesus death on the cross, declared all of us just and free to live with him forever. Just as Christ's righteousness creates the faith that is required to embrace it, even so, it excludes all self-righteous boasting.

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 7:15-29

Faith is only as strong as the truth on which it rests. The fatal attraction of false teachers is that they adorn their soul-destroying falsehood with our Lord's name and his divine credentials. Jesus will finally expose them as the evildoers they are. Until then, he says that we can recognize them “by their fruit.” The fruit of a teacher is his teaching. If his teaching is not in accord with the words of scripture, we must reject him. Only faith built on Jesus Christ, the Rock, can withstand the tempests that the powers of darkness have unleashed upon our world.

Hymn of the Day

We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost, #190

Sermon

Romans 3:21-28—Every Sinner Declared Righteous

Hymn

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me, #389

Closing Hymn

Now, the Hour of Worship O'er, #330