Posts from May 2021

Order of Service, May 30, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day, we will consider Jesus’ warning, “Strive to enter [the kingdom] through the narrow door” (sermon text: Luke 13:22-30). He explained with several declarations that would have shocked his audience. A question launched the discussion in the passage, but it turns out that the question was the wrong one. By the end…

Order of Service, May 23, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day the sermon text (Luke 13:18-21) combines two parables that have often been misunderstood and misapplied. It describes the power of God that will bring to pass the great Kingdom of Christ at his return. This outcome is sure despite small beginnings of his first coming. The hymns selected for the worship…

Order of Service, May 16, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day the sermon text of the worship service (Luke 13:10-17) describes an event that displayed the great mercy of the Lord. Jesus performed a miraculous healing on the Sabbath, sparking criticism from the self-righteous religious leaders. Jesus rebuked them for their hypocrisy and failure of mercy. The message of Jesus is a…

Order of Service, May 9, 2021

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will honor mothers in the worship service in keeping with the national holiday. The sermon, however, will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. Luke 13:1-9 is a passage that expands the final thought of chapter 12: “Settle accounts with God before it is too late” (Luke 12:57-59). The…

Order of Service, May 2, 2021

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s Day (Luke 12:49-59) includes three paragraphs that, at first glance, seem unrelated, but closer evaluation suggests that they combine to create a powerful challenge. Jesus begins with a description of his mission that includes judgment and conflict. Next, he derides the crown for their unwillingness to see the…