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What Must I Do to be Saved?

Hello Gloria Dei,

“What must I do to be saved?” Never in the history of humankind has there been a more important question. In our brief preaching series entitled “Easter People”, we are spending a bit of time in the book of Acts. The question about salvation is asked by a jailor who is given the job of keeping the apostles, Paul and Silas, in prison.

I encourage you to read about all of this in Acts 16:16-34.

Paul and Silas are imprisoned for casting out a demon from a servant girl who is being exploited by her owners. The are publicly flogged and humiliated, thrown into prison. And what is their response? In their prison cell they sing praises to God and they proclaim the love of Christ to the other prisoners and to the guard in charge. WOW! In response to a public beating, they sing.
When the guard hears them singing and when he hears about Jesus, who loves him so much that he went to the cross for him, the jailor is intrigued. He wants the same loving spirit that he sees in Paul and Silas. And it is here that the jailor asks the all-important question: “What must I do to be saved?” And the answer Paul gives is simple. Maybe it seems too simple. Yet how profound it is. Paul responds to the question with a short, five-word answer: “Believe in the Lord Jesus.” Believe in Jesus and you will be saved.

Paul knows that faith comes through hearing. That’s why he and Silas were telling the story, even in their prison cell. The guard heard the good news and came to faith in Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

Paul’s mission was to reach people, far and wide, for Jesus Christ. He didn’t let anything get in the way of that mission. Even imprisonment.

Our mission is the same. We may be in a different time and context than Paul and Silas, yet we are to let nothing get in the way of speaking about and living out our faith in Jesus Christ. It is the cornerstone for life, now and forever, and is meant for all people.

On this Mother's Day weekend, we give thanks for the gift of Moms and of families. Moms have a big role in raising kids in the faith, but it is not just a mother’s job. It is a job that belongs to all of us.

Ground yourself in prayer and in the Word of God. Put your faith and trust in Jesus, above all else. Salvation is yours. It is a gift. Unwrap the gift and let your light shine for Christ.
One More Thing: Speaking of letting your light shine for Christ… We will be celebrating Tanya Stadem’s 15-year service to Gloria Dei as a part of our Office Staff. Tanya will be retiring from this role later this month.

On Sunday May 15, between services, you will have opportunity to thank Tanya. Card baskets will be available if you’d like to bring a card. Tanya has been a shining light at Gloria Dei, often being the first person a guest or visitor would encounter as they either called or came to Gloria Dei. Please make sure you say thanks to Tanya.

Thank you, Tanya Stadem, for letting Christ’s light shine in and through you to all of us within this community of faith called Gloria Dei.

See you in worship,
Pastor Tim

Our prayer team and pastors invite you to join them in prayer this week with prayers of…  
 
Congratulations and God’s Blessings:  
•David Maske and Rudi Vennard on their marriage on May 7, 2022
•Bradyn and Alisha Neises on the baptism of their children Rory James and Bexley Sue on May 8, 2022
•Brier and Shayli Derby on the baptism of their son Corver Joseph on May 8, 2022

Sympathies and God’s Peace:
•Jenny (Mike) Puumala on the death of her mother Barb Scheef on May 2, 2022

Announcements:
•Check'n on the Second - May 8th in the gathering space.
•Give Blood, Give Life Bloodmobile at Gloria Dei – Sunday, May 15th 8:30am- Noon. Sign up here!
•High School Graduation Milestone – Sunday, May 29th 9am Worship Service. Sign up here!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) - June 20-24th  
•High School Mission Trips – The Ripple Effect – June 6-10th | June 25-29th  

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