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SERVICE SUMMARY:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not good advice; it is good news. It is the news that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished salvation for all who depend on him in faith. Good advice tells us what to do. Good news tell us what has been done. Yet in a world of suspicion, how do we convince others that the gospel of Jesus Christ is really good news for them?

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 22–23, Luke 15:1–10

And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire

 

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

All seeing God, you see my deeds;
You see my faults by light of day.
You see my sins concealed in darkness:
Turn my deeds to holy ways;
Turn my deeds to holy ways.

All hearing God, you hear my words;
You hear each lie, each hurtful phrase.
You hear my pride in secret slander:
Turn my tongue to truth and grace;
Turn my tongue to truth and grace.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

All knowing God, you know my heart;
You know my yearnings deep inside;
You know my hidden motivations:
Turn my heart to pure delight;
Turn my heart to pure delight.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

Fire of God, consume my heart;
And burn it down to only faith,
Til all that’s left of me is only you.
Christ my glory, Christ my praise.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.