Preparing for Worship – 7/21

What does it mean to walk in Christ? This week, we will be looking at Colossians 2:6-15. You can take a look at the text at the bottom of the page.

Paul gives a simple way for us to remember what it means to walk in Christ. In verse 7, Paul says it means to be rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith, and abounding in thanksgiving.

How are these things done? God does it through Word and Sacrament. We were dead in our sin and the Lord and Giver of Life calls us by the Gospel, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies and keeps His own in the one true faith.

A couple good additional resources to look at this week would be Romans 6, Luther’s Small Catechism concerning Baptism and the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed.

The hymns this week are especially terrific. We’ll be singing #294, Built on the Rock, the Church Doth Stand. This is a perfect song for this Sunday in which our text speaks so highly of Baptism and we will be receiving the Lord’s Supper. The last stanza is especially wonderful:

Here stands the font before our eyes
Telling how God did receive us;
Th’ altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice
And what His table doth give us;
Here sounds the word that doth proclaim
Christ yesterday, today the same,
Yea, and for aye our Redeemer.

We will also be singing #141 A Mighty Fortress is our God as well as the contemporary songs, “The Lion and the Lamb” and “The Solid Rock.” Take a listen to the songs on our Spotify playlist and we will see you on Sunday!

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:6–15, ESV)