Our text is Acts 10:1-16.
Children’s Message: Pastor Chad Sadorf has been including a series of Children’s Messages, based on the I Am statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Each time Jesus says “I AM,” he is saying that he is God. Each I AM statement tells us a little more about who Jesus is. Today’s message is the last of the I AM sayings of Jesus, and it is provided as a video; this link appears just after the Gloria Patri in the service (where it would normally occur in our church service). Click on these links for printable activity pages and a children’s bulletin to accompany this message: True Vine coloring page 1, True Vine coloring page 2, Children’s Bulletin.
Service for Family Worship:
Call to Worship: Psalm 103:1-5, 13-18
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. (ESV)
Almighty God, you have given us such amazing promises in your word.
You have revealed your attributes and your character, and we confess before you that you are beautiful beyond all comprehension.
You are infinitely worthy of all worship and praise, even if you had never done anything for us.
And yet you have done more than we can possibly imagine or understand.
We are so grateful for your great salvation you have given us—the fact that before the foundation of the world you chose a people for yourself, and you have worked effectually to save us and you hold us firmly in your unbreakable grip.
So we bow before you today as your children and we ask that you enable us to give ourselves to you—our minds, our wills, and our emotions.
Help us place all our affection upon you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We also ask that you would meet us today at the point of our needs as you define them, that you would continue to conform us into the image of your Son. Enable us to worship you this day in spirit and in truth to your honor and glory. Amen.
Responsive Reading: (based on Psalm 5)
Hear our words and our groanings, O Lord, give attention to our cry for mercy.
You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies; you abhor the bloodthirsty and deceitful.
But, O Lord, we are sometimes evildoers.
We are often boastful, deceitful and even bloodthirsty.
So by your mercy alone,
by the abundance of your steadfast love
we come into your presence.
Because of your Son, O Lord,
let us find refuge in you.
Take away our sins, and let us sing for joy.
Cover us with your favor as with a shield. For the sake of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Gracious Father, you see us as we are, and you know our inmost thoughts. We confess that we are unworthy of your gracious care. We forget that all life comes from you and that to you all life returns. We have not sought to do your will with our whole hearts. We have not lived as grateful children, nor loved as Christ loved us. Apart from you, we are nothing. Only your grace can sustain us. Lord, in your mercy, forgive us, heal us, and make us whole. Set us free from our sin, and restore us to the joy of your salvation now and forever. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon:
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (ESV 1 John 1:9).
This is the gospel of Christ, and on the basis of his Gospel, we may be assured that our sins are forgiven.
Affirmation of Faith: The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe in one holy catholic† and apostolic church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
†catholic is defined as God’s universal church
I Am the True Vine (Click here to link to the video of the Children’s Message) (You may want to take a moment to pray with your child or children for your family, your church family, our country and world.)
Offertory: Proverbs 3:9-10
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
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Pastoral Prayer: (Click here for the Pastoral Prayer)
Sermon: Two Visions (Click here to watch or to listen to the sermon)
I. God initiates a relationship with us in the gospel
II. God defines our relationship with him in the gospel
Benediction (Click here to hear this week’s benediction)
Questions for Further Discussion
- What man is described beginning in 10:1? Where did he live, and what was his occupation? How is his story different from other people converted in Acts?
- Define: centurion — alms — devout — trance.
- Many people believe all sincere, zealous religious people will be saved. Was this man saved or lost (cf. 11:14)? What can we learn from him about this doctrine?
- What does Peter’s vision teach us concerning the gospel?
Lesson 7: I Am the True Vine
We have been learning together about the seven I AM statements Jesus made, recorded in the book of John. Each time Jesus says “I AM,” he is saying that he is God. Each I AM statement tells us a little more about who Jesus is.
Jesus is saying in our verses today – if we love him, we should see fruits of the Spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We remain in Jesus, the true vine, by following him and obeying his commands and that shows Jesus we love him.
Jesus says that when you produce much fruit, you are his true disciples and this brings great glory to God the Father.
We have learned that he is the Bread of Life, and fills up all our spiritual needs.
That Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and that he has all power over life and death.
We also learned that he is the Light of the World, and he lights up our spiritual darkness.
We learned that Jesus is the gate, the only entrance to heaven.
That he is the Good Shepherd who sacrificed his life for our lives.
Last week we learned that Jesus is the way to God, he is the only truth, and he gives us eternal life if we will love him and follow him!
I want you to trust and love Jesus and grow and bear much fruit!
Scripture Passage: from the New International Version (NIV)
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.