*Call to Worship
We come to faith as infants unable to digest the complex Word;
we need to be fed spiritually in small doses.
As we grow in knowledge of the Word and our responsibilities as a Christian;
our hunger demands we be fed more substantially.
Our faith journeys begin at different ages, with different understandings. As we gather this morning, let us seek a healthy diet of God’s Word to give us strength along our path.
Let us worship God!
*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we know we should be in Your Word more, but we never seem to have enough time. We know we should attend worship and Bible study in order to gain knowledge, but we can always find an excuse to stay away. We often fear that we don’t know the Bible enough to be a part of a study, afraid to be singled out. We are content and comfortable to be like children, nibbling on the snack of an occasional scripture passage or hymn. Help us as we seek opportunities to satisfy our hunger to know more; to participate with a ravenous appetite for Your Word…
*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus is the Bread of Life. He came to earth as a man and offered His body as spiritual nourishment to all who follow Him. He encourages us to “take and eat” for strength, for understanding and for the forgiveness He grants.
Thanks be to God!
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; 13 for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.
The Peril of Falling Away
6 Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God, 2 instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.