Our service starts at 9:30 AM and we would love for you to join us! Below, you will find the readings for this Sunday, the hymns and songs we’ll sing, and a brief explanation of the scripture readings. Pr. Schultz will be preaching from Acts 8:26-40.
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1 John 4:1â€“11 (12â€“21)
Jesus Christ Is the True Vine Who Bears Much Fruit in Us
â€œGod is love,â€ and He has manifested Himself to us by sending â€œhis only Son into the world, so that we might live through himâ€ (1 John 4:9, 16). By the ministry of the Gospel, â€œhe has given us of his Spirit,â€ so that we also believe and confess â€œthat Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.â€ In this way, we â€œabide in him and he in us,â€ and we â€œlove one anotherâ€ (1 John 4:2, 7, 13). Such divine love is exemplified in Philipâ€™s preaching of â€œthe good news about Jesusâ€ to the Ethiopian eunuch. And when â€œthey came to some water,â€ the eunuch was baptized into the very Gospel that Philip had preached (Acts 8:35â€“38). That Ethiopian was thereby grafted into â€œthe true vine,â€ Jesus Christ (John 15:1), just as we are. Already we are clean because of the Word that Christ has spoken to us and by the washing of water with His Word. We now abide in Him by faith in His forgiveness. As He abides in us, both body and soul, with His own body and His blood, He â€œbears much fruitâ€ in us (John 15:3â€“5).