New Testament Lesson: Acts 16:9-15 (Lydia’s conversion in Philippi)
Gospel Lesson: John 16:23-33 (Jesus has overcome the world!)

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Part of sinful human nature is a desire to be in control – of ourselves and other people. That’s why it is so tempting for Christians to use legalism or guilt to try and get people to change their behavior. But God’s Word is clear that the power of God is the Gospel, which impacts human hearts when the Holy Spirit works through God’s Word and the sacraments. Jesus has won the victory over death and the grave through His death and resurrection, and His kingdom advances by the power of His Spirit!

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