The Power of the Gospel of Christ to Battle

The Sermon …………………………………… Romans 7 : 18 – 25

“I know that nothing good lives in me – that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; No, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin living in me. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; But I see another law at work in me, waging war against me and making me captive to the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

The Power of the Gospel of Christ to Battle and to Defeat Our Inner Demons

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For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 51 (P 28 In Front Of Supplement)

Opening Hymn WS 742 : Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven Hymnary.org link

The Liturgy ………………………….. Supplement (Pages 12 – 15)
The Scripture – Matthew 6 : 19 – 23
After establishing that our sin “died with Christ”, that the guilt and condemnation of our sins was nailed to the cross and buried with Christ, the Apostle reminds us that we have also risen with Christ– to new spiritual and eternal life in Him. No longer are we slaves to sin and all its horrific life and eternity consequences. Rather we are now by faith slaves to God and His righteousness – which leads to a life of love and service to Jesus and an eternity of joy in His Presence.

Hymn WS 784 : Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me Hymnary.org link

The Sermon …………………………………… Romans 7 : 18 – 25

“I know that nothing good lives in me – that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good,but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; No, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin living in me. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; But I see another law at work in me, waging war against me and making me captive to the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

The Power of the Gospel of Christ to Battle and to Defeat Our Inner Demons

The “Create In Me” (Supplement – Page 16)

Our Gifts For the Lord’s Work

The Communion Liturgy (Pages 17-19 In Supplement)

The Distribution Of Holy Communion (Hymn WS 755 : What Is This Bread Hymnary.org link )
(Since God’s Word presents the reception of the Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly expressed such oneness with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Any having questions or seeking a church home are invited to speak with Pastor.)

The Post-Communion Liturgy (Pages 20-21)

The Benediction

The Closing Hymn WS 764 (V 2 & 4): God of Grace and God of Glory Hymnary.org link

(8:30) Choir: “O Bread Of Life”

Director: Cathy Augustin Accompanist: Audra Wiste

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.