Worship Service 22 January 2017
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
January 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 4:12-23
Subject
Life Under The Reign of God
Description

Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 9:1-4;

Psalm 27:1-14;

1 Corinthians 1:10-18;

Matthew 4:12-23

Isaiah 9:1-4   New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

9 But there won’t be any more sadness for those who were suffering. In the past the Lord brought shame on the land of Zebulun. He also brought shame on the land of Naphtali. But in days to come he will honor Galilee, where people from other nations live. He will honor the land along the Mediterranean Sea. And he will honor the territory east of the Jordan River.  The people who are now living in darkness  will see a great light.  They are now living in a very dark land.   But a light will shine on them.  Lord, you will make our nation larger.   You will increase their joy.  They will show you how glad they are.   They will be as glad as people are at harvest time.  They will be as glad as warriors are  when they share the things they’ve taken after a battle.  You set Israel free from Midian long ago.   In the same way, you will break the heavy yoke that weighs Israel down.  You will break the wooden beams that are on their shoulders.    You will break the rods of those who strike them down.

Psalm 27   New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my light, and he saves me.   Why should I fear anyone? The Lord is my place of safety.    Why should I be afraid?
My enemies are evil.  They will trip and fall when they attack me     and try to swallow me up.  Even if an army attacks me,
    my heart will not be afraid.  Even if war breaks out against me,     I will still trust in God.  I’m asking the Lord for only one thing.
    Here is what I want.  I want to live in the house of the Lord  all the days of my life.   I want to look at the beauty of the Lord.
    I want to worship him in his temple.  When I’m in trouble,  he will keep me safe in his house.  He will hide me in the safety of his holy tent.    He will put me on a rock that is very high.  Then I will win the battle over my enemies who are all around me.  At his holy tent I will offer my sacrifice with shouts of joy.      I will sing and make music to the Lord.  Lord, hear my voice when I call out to you.  Treat me with kindness and answer me.  My heart says, “Seek him!”    Lord, I will seek you.  Don’t turn your face away from me.   Don’t turn me away because you are angry.    You have helped me.  God my Savior, don’t say no to me.   Don’t desert me.  10 My father and mother may desert me, but the Lord will accept me.  11 Lord, teach me your ways.  Lead me along a straight path.   There are many people who treat me badly.  12 My enemies want to harm me. So don’t turn me over to them.   Witnesses who tell lies are rising up against me.   They say all sorts of evil things about me.  13 Here is something I am still sure of.   I will see the Lord’s goodness  while I’m still alive.  14 Wait for the Lord.   Be strong and don’t lose hope.    Wait for the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18  New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Taking Sides in the Church

10 Brothers and sisters, I make my appeal to you. I do this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that all of you agree with one another in what you say. I ask that you don’t take sides. I ask that you are in complete agreement in all that you think. 11 My brothers and sisters, I have been told you are arguing with one another. Some people from Chloe’s house have told me this. 12 Here is what I mean. One of you says, “I follow Paul.” Another says, “I follow Apollos.” Another says, “I follow Peter.” And still another says, “I follow Christ.”  13 Does Christ take sides? Did Paul die on the cross for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15 No one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 It’s true that I also baptized those who live in the house of Stephanas. Besides that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. 17 Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to preach the good news. He commanded me not to preach with wisdom and fancy words. That would take all the power away from the cross of Christ. 1The message of the cross seems foolish to those who are lost and dying. But i 12 John had been put in prison. When Jesus heard about this, he returned to Galilee. 13 Jesus left Nazareth and went to live in the city of Capernaum. It was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 In that way, what the prophet Isaiah had said came true. He had said,  15 “Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali!   Galilee, where Gentiles live!   Land along the Mediterranean Sea! Territory east of the Jordan River!  16 The people who are now living in darkness  have seen a great light.  They are now living in a very dark land.   But a light has shined on them.” (Isaiah 9:1,2)  17 From that time on Jesus began to preach. “Turn away from your sins!” he said. “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 18 One day Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. There he saw two brothers, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake, because they were fishermen. 19 “Come and follow me,” Jesus said. “I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.  21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers. They were James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee. As they were preparing their nets, Jesus called out to them. 22 Right away they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.  23 Jesus went all over Galilee. There he taught in the synagogues. He preached the good news of God’s kingdom. He healed every illness and sickness the people had.  It is God’s power to us who are being saved.

Matthew 4:12-23   New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 John had been put in prison. When Jesus heard about this, he returned to Galilee. 13 Jesus left Nazareth and went to live in the city of Capernaum. It was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 In that way, what the prophet Isaiah had said came true. He had said,

15 “Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali!
    Galilee, where Gentiles live!
    Land along the Mediterranean Sea! Territory east of the Jordan River!
16 The people who are now living in darkness
    have seen a great light.
They are now living in a very dark land.
    But a light has shined on them.” (Isaiah 9:1,2)

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach. “Turn away from your sins!” he said. “The kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus Chooses His First Disciples

18 One day Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. There he saw two brothers, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake, because they were fishermen. 19 “Come and follow me,” Jesus said. “I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers. They were James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee. As they were preparing their nets, Jesus called out to them. 22 Right away they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.

Jesus Heals Sick People

23 Jesus went all over Galilee. There he taught in the synagogues. He preached the good news of God’s kingdom. He healed every illness and sickness the people had.