God’s Interests Are in Your Best Interests

Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-26

21 From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. 26 “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

God’s Interests Are in Your Best Interests

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Sunday, September 25, 2011 (9:00 a.m.)
Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 92, p. 143 in the Lutheran Hymnal

Opening Choir Hymn: “A Heart to Serve”

The Order of Service
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Congregation: Amen

Confession and Absolution
P: God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
C: If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P: Let us pray.
C: Almighty God, merciful Father, we are sinful by nature, and have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions. But we are sorry for our transgressions and pray You, of Your bountiful mercy, to be gracious and merciful unto us. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake, renew us by Your Spirit, and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
P: Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. We are forgiven. With boldness and confidence we may approach the throne to find grace to help in time of need. In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.
C: Thanks and praise be to You, Lord Jesus, our strength and our Redeemer. Amen.

P: O Lord, open Thou my lips.
Cong. (Sung): And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
P: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
Cong (Sung): Make haste to help me, O Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Hallelujah!

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13

Jeremiah describes the harsh criticism he receives from his enemies because he trusts in God’s word. Although his witness of the truth was unpopular to the unbelievers of his day, Jeremiah takes confidence in the strength and power of God.

Epistle Reading: Colossians 3:1-17
If we are indeed children of God we should seek those things which come from God. As Paul encourages the Christians at Colosse, let us put off the evil of the day and live in the word of God.

Public Confession of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed

Hymn TLH 421 : Come Follow me, the Savior Spake Hymnary.org link

Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-26
21 From that time Jesus Christ began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. 26 “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

God’s Interests Are in Your Best Interests

Offertory – “Create in me…”

Hymn WS 769 : Lift High the Cross Hymnary.org link

Offering of Thankful Hearts

Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, and Benediction

Closing Hymn TLH 54 : Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah Hymnary.org link