God's Plan Succeeds--All His People will be Saved

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on August 18, 2020

Thank you for joining me in this yearly journey through the entire Bible. Attached is the Bible ready plan that I have used for years.

"All Israel will be saved" is the key phrase in our New Testament reading for today (find Romans 11:11-36 here). In Romans 8:28, Paul assured us that all things work out according to God's plan.  But there is a problem. Didn't God's plan fail? Most of the Jews did not believe in Jesus.

In Romans 9-11, Paul dealt with this "problem." In Romans 9:6 he asserted, "Not all who are descended from Israel are Israel." Physical descent from Abraham did not make a person a true Israelite. Faith in the promised Savior is what characterized a true Israelite. As he brings his presentation to a close in our reading today, he wrote: "All Israel will be saved." Those physically descended from Abraham who believe and Gentiles who are "grafted" into Abraham's family tree by faith are saved. "All Israel" includes all who believe and are saved.

God's plan does succeed, so we have have this very practical comfort: "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his plan" (Romans 8:28).

God Uses Trouble in His Plan

In our Old Testament reading (find 2 Kings 12-14), we see Aram (modern Syria) defeating God's people and the assassination of kings. People must have felt the world was spinning out of control. By faith, we know differently. The LORD was and is still in control.

"The LORD had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free, was suffering; there was no one to help them. And since the LORD had not said he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash" (2 Kings 14:26-27). 

The LORD is watching over us in our current crises and he will save us as he knows best. His plan for us will succeed. 

Worship With Us

If you have not yet had a chance to worship with us, join us in person on Wednesday at 7 pm or join us online today.

Outdoor Worship

Next weekend, we will have an outdoor worship service at 10:30 in which we will celebrate the installation of three of our teachers (Mr. Wetzel in his new role as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Mr. Sievert as our 5th grade teacher, and Mrs. Abramowski as our music teacher). 

The worship schedule next weekend will be:

  • Saturday at 5 pm
  • Sunday at 7:45 am
  • Sunday at 9:15 am
  • Sunday outdoors at 10:30 am (livestreamed)
  • Wednesday at 7 pm

It is likely we will have one or two more outdoor services this fall to provide a comfortable worship atmosphere for as many as possible.

Bible Studies

We are offering several online Bible studies. 

  • Every other Sunday evening for the 18 - 25 year old generation. Contact Mike Westendorf at
  • Every other Wednesday evening study of GroupWork.
  • The weekly Following the Promise study with Pastor Nate. Contact him at  

Even though the pandemic is keeping many of us physically apart, if you are facing illness or other struggles, please reach out to us pastors (click here). We love and care for you; we are here to serve you with the comfort of God's word and the kindness of God's people.

Pastor Pete

 

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