Watch the Sunday, August 12, 2018 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Ephesians 4:19 NIV and find out more.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
–Mark 7:6 NIV
Jesus was talking about the Pharisees here. They were all show and no go. They liked to dress the part and walk around judging other people for not being holy enough. Does that sound like some Christians today? There are the cliché’s, “Less talk, more action.” “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Words are words but where’s the heart? Where’s the concern, where’s the compassion. Jesus came into the world with one mission, to die to pay for the sins of the people He loves. Yeah, He talked too, but His mission was primarily one of action. He displayed His love by dying as our substitute. In response, we worship God not just with our words, but with our lives. One saying puts in this way: “Preach the Good News everywhere you go. If necessary, use words.” The Holy Spirit lives in your heart, filling it with the love of Christ. Get out there and empty it on someone.
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 26, 2018 – Mark 7:6
Our culture is currently obsessed with appearances. Take a look at all the photo filters and effects available in our apps. It’s not about reality, it’s about appearances. Sadly, many feel the same way about their religion. So long as they look good to others and appear to be holy, it’s all good. Jesus begs to differ. He is less concerned about appearances, and more concerned about the state of one’s heart.
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
-Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
Let’s start at the end of this verse and work our way back. No arguments that the days are evil, right? Take your pick of disheartening events here at home and around the world. It’s sad, but we are to make the most of every opportunity to dispel the darkness of this world with the love and light of Jesus Christ, who loved us to the point of death. A death that cleansed and pardoned us from sin. How do we wisely make the most of every opportunity? By being very careful how we live. Keep your eyes open. Be aware of your surroundings and when you see an opportunity to say something kind, or do something good, DO IT! Don’t let opportunities to show the love of Christ slip away. Jesus said that the greatest command is to love God most of all and love your neighbor as yourself. By doing this, you may play a role in bringing someone to faith in Christ. That will change not only the world in which we live, but it will change eternity for the person who comes to Christ. Be careful how you lie. Wisely make the most of every opportunity!
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 19, 2018 – Ephesians 5:16
The Holy Spirit presents us with countless opportunities every single day. Opportunities to listen, to serve, to witness. Our prayer today is that God would open our ears and eyes so that we make the most of every opportunity He gives us. Find out more this Sunday, August 19th at Victory Lutheran Church Worship at 9 AM.