Songs for Sunday – 7/5/2020

“This is the end – for me the beginning.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent the end of his life in a Nazi concentration camp. The teachings of the gospel and the Nazi indoctrination were contrary to one another. For this reason, Hitler sought ferociously to weed the gospel out of Germany – the gospel, not church or religion for there was still much of both remaining.

On his last day, he preached – right there in the concentration camp. It makes me wonder what text I would choose if I knew I was preaching my last. Bonhoeffer’s was 1 Peter 1:3:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead….”

What a powerful image! While He preached, a British RAF pilot stood in the doorway, keeping the Nazi officers who would escort Bonhoeffer to his death at bay. He preached and glorified the Savior whom he would see with his own eyes moments later. As he was submitting himself to the Nazi soldiers, he uttered the above mentioned quote: “This is the end – for me the beginning.”

That is so powerful and inspirational. But we need to look past Bonhoeffer to the God how inspired him to live in such a way – to die in such a way. One does not submit to death with joy unless he has hope. And the hope found in the Word of God changes lives still today.

We have a Savior who – though He was crucified and died – is alive! And because of that fact, our hope is living. Religion will not do that for a person. Ancient texts do not do that for us. Only a resurrected King can accomplish that, and He is worthy of our trust, love, and worship!

This Sunday, we will be focusing on the hope that comes from only Jesus! We will start by looking at Jesus as our Rescuer and Savior. We will look at Him being the promised Messiah. We will look at the His rich mercy was poured out for us on the cross. And we will celebrate the hope that is found in Him!

So, if you are struggling, downhearted, or just otherwise not-put-together, you will not be put to shame if you follow after Jesus. He will give you hope and rest in Him!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Isaiah 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound….
  • Psalm 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
  • Colossians 2:13-14 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.
  • 1 Peter 1:3 (see above)

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for the information about Bonhoeffer. I didn’t know Hitler knew the difference between church, religion and the gospel. I like your clear writing.


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