Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings August 23, 2020

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   8/23/2020


First Reading:   Isaiah 51:1-6

Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

Second Reading:   Romans 12:1-8

In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives.  Our values and viewpoints are not molded by this age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work.  God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

Gospel:   Matthew 16:13-20

At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.