Today we take a “timeout” from our regular worship series #1Johnchallenge to welcome a guest preacher, Pastor Charles Bameka, the President of the Lutheran Church of Uganda. Messiah has been partnering in mission and ministry with the LCU through its development as a national church body over the past 8 years. Jesus commanded His church to take the message of the gospel to the ends of the earth. That message of the gospel transcends all national, cultural, and geographical boundaries.
NT Lesson: Ephesians 5:21-33 (Wives and husbands)
Gospel Lesson: Mark 7:1-13 (Clean and Unclean)
The two readings today have a very subtle connection. In the gospel lesson, Jesus tells us not to let our traditions trump God’s Word. The New Testament lesson gives us an example of that truth, that God’s Word teaches husbands and wives to submit to one another out of reverence for Jesus. Ultimately, all traditions and practices in life should be submitted to Jesus Christ.