Prayer of Confession
Dear God, even as we sin, You place a great value on us. Even as we treat others as worthless, You treat us as priceless. Even as we question our own validity, You are confident in our merit. Help us remember that we are the creation of the Master Builder; we are fearfully and wonderfully made by Your very hand. We cannot be limited because You are limitless; we can not be insignificant because you are influential. Help us recognize the value You place on us…
Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about your incredible value based on Matthew 10:24-32.
“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
Whom to Fear
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven;