Sunday, October 20th, after the Worship Service
This is a working lunch. We try to keep these gatherings to 90 minutes. All of our members and their families are invited — guests too! These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about Living Hope and how we work together to serve the Lord.
Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. ~ Romans 10:4
If you want to live in the presence of a holy, perfect, and righteous God, then you need to be holy, perfect, and righteous yourself. If you are holy, perfect, and righteous, then you can live in his presence and live in his presence forever.
This is the situation that every single human being ever born into this world finds him or herself in. It’s also a problem. A huge problem!
It’s a problem because none of us can meet this standard that our holy, perfect, and righteous God has placed on us. We are, by our very natures, stained with sin and so everything we think, say, and do is stained with sin too. We have failed to meet God’s standard. We have not kept his law in the righteous way that he demands. We deserve to be cast away from his holy, perfect and righteous presence forever.
This is how the story of every single human being ever born into this world would end if Christ would have never entered into our story.
But praise be to God, he did! He entered into the story of humanity as God himself made flesh and into our story for a very important reason. He came to live the righteous life that God demands of us. The righteous life that we could not live on our own he lived in our place–perfect obedience all his life to every last one of God’s laws. Now, his righteous life is for all of humanity as a free gift. So, how does this gift of righteousness become our own?
God’s Word teaches, “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Christ’s righteousness becomes our own through faith. Through faith in what Christ has done for us, we personally receive the righteousness that Christ has won for the world. Therefore, through faith in what Christ has done, we stand before our righteous God with the righteousness that he demands from us—not a righteousness we attempt to produce ourselves, but the righteousness that has been gifted to us by Christ. That means, by faith in Jesus we live in God’s righteous presence forever!
Living Hope’s fall Sunday schedule
9:00 a.m. Bible Study & Sunday School, 10:00 a.m. Worship Service
- 5th: Women’s Missionary Society’s Rally at Living Hope
- 6th: Waco, NE, NELHS Fall Concert & Silent Action
- 6th-9th: OWLS Convention in Galena, IL
- 20th: Quarterly meeting & potluck after church
- 27th: 9:30, Reformation Service at Westside High School, Omaha
- 3rd: Daylight Saving Time ends
Our Adult Bible study meets at 9:00 on Sunday mornings.
The current Bible study topic is “This doesn’t feel like success”. The Acts of the Apostles takes the news of the risen Lord Jesus on the road. This is a wonderful study of the anxieties of a person living as a Christian.
We have plenty of room and plenty of coffee…join us soon!
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.~ Mark 1:14-20
Jesus is a king who has a kingdom and he calls us to follow him as our leader. Now we are usually suspicious of people who claim to be great leaders, especially political leaders like kings. We wonder if they are gathering a following so they might use their power over us. We wonder if they want to use us and control us to get something from us. So, in general, we are cautious about following those who claim to be great leaders.
But that is not what happened in Galilee 2000 years ago. Jesus came proclaiming that he was a king, and he had a kingdom, and that all people should follow him. The amazing thing was men like Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John left everything to follow Jesus.
They were so willing to follow Jesus because he was a different kind of king who had a different kind of kingdom. Instead of taking from people, he gave great blessings to people. Instead of gathering a following to control, he gathered a following to set them free. He didn’t rule to take the lives of others. He came to give up his life to rescue people from sin and death. That is why the first disciples were willing to give up everything and follow Jesus.
Jesus’ kingdom is one of freedom and forgiveness. It is a kingdom of good news—the good news of eternal salvation!
Lord Jesus, I repent of all my sins. I ask you to wash them all away. Teach me to follow you as my King that I might bring glory to your name! Amen.
Pastor Howard Molhke will be presenting on the
Saturday, October 5th
Living Hope Lutheran Church
4823 S. 168th ST, Omaha, NE 68137
- Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
- Rally will conclude with a lunch at 12:30 p.m.
- Childcare is available
- Congregations are asked to RSVP attendee numbers