Listen to the sermon:
21st Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, October 18, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)
Song by Choir –“Grace Greater Than Our Sin”
(Director: Cathy Augustin; Accompanist: Steph Mueller)
The Invocation And Prayer
EARLY OLD TESTAMENT BIBLE HISTORY
The Sermon (Part I) ……………………………. Hebrews 11: 1-7 (Excerpts)
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for….. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings, And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death. For before he was taken he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not net seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
BY FAITH THE ANCIENTS LIVED
The Sermon (Part II) …………………………. Hebrews 11: 8-29 (Excerpts)
“By faith Abraham, when called, obeyed and went and made his home in the promised land in a foreign country. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith, Abraham, even though he was past age and Sarah barren, became a father because he considered Him faithful Who made the promise and so from one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and sands on the seashore.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac, his only son, as a sacrifice, even though God had assured him that through Isaac his offspring would be counted. For Abraham believe God could raise Isaac from the dead.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau regarding their future. By faith Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons and worshiped. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. By faith Moses’ parents hid him. By faith Moses chose to be mistreated with the people of God, regarding disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt. By faith he followed God’s commands, kept the Passover and left Egypt, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea on dry land; But when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
BY FAITH THE PATRIARCHS LIVED
The Sermon (Part III) …………………………. Hebrews 11: 13-16; 9:27-28
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; They only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were strangers and foreigners on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for a He has prepared a city for them.”
“Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of all people; And He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”
BY FAITH THEY SAW CHRIST AND THEIR HEAVENLY FUTURE
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer And Announcements