February 7 , 2019
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
for Sunday, February 10
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
We all love good news, don’t we? The good news Paul delivered to the Corinthians wasn’t anything average like a great sale somewhere or personal family news, as good as that is. Paul’s good news is powerful. In the first few verses, Paul gives it these attributes: it is something they can stand in and they are being saved through it. But there is an if here. As much as salvation is all God’s work, to develop and grow in our relationship with God, we need to hold on for dear life to the message. Paul then goes on to “…deliver in a nutshell the story of the gospel that was given to him. In the lineage of the Christian faith, we have received the good news of God’s love from
generations of believers before us, and we continue to tell this
story to the world” (sundaysandseasons.com). The really important parts of the gospel are related, that which forms the essence of the Christian faith—the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
And Paul shares the proofs of Jesus’ resurrection, the various people to whom Jesus appeared. Years later Paul had his own appearance experience of Jesus and became his follower. Well aware of his past persecutions of the church, Paul writes, “10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain” (v. 10). Paul started churches and discipled people. He was a prolific writer. Many of the New Testament letters were written by him. Can you imagine what the New Testament would
look like without his writings? It would be significantly thinner. Much
of our Reformation theology is because of Paul’s influence. God’s grace worked in and through him, effecting us today. When confronted with Jesus, Paul immediately repented and changed the course of his travels and his life. What about us? Are we willing to let go of our ideas about the way the
world should be, how we should live our lives when God speaks
to us? Have we quieted the noise in our lives to listen to God’s voice? May God’s grace toward us not have been in vain.
1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. 3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
- for our community of faith as we seek to do God's work in the world;
- for those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation
- for victims of violence and their families in all places.
- for the family and friends of Michael Steen (son of Hans Steen) who passed away Feb. 4, 2019, Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Eileen Widen, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier.
- for all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.
-for the ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***The Evangelism Committee is again sending out “Goody Boxes” for Valentine’s Day to our college students or military personnel. We are asking for your support by either purchasing goodies for the boxes or giving a monetary donation. Thank you in advance. We will be packing these boxes on this Sunday February 10th. If you have a college student or a military family member you want a box to go to, please contact Marty Hunt at 720-0460 with name and address.ent annual report). All contributions are needed no later than February 12th. Thank you!
***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthe
x. Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 43
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
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- Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone
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For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316