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Online Services at St. Peter’s

Here are links for watching our service online. We pray that this will give you an opportunity to participate in worship and grow in Christ. God be with you.

We will be recording the live service at 9:00 am and putting up as soon as we can after the service.
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1st Sunday in Lent — February 21, 2021

Ash Wednesday Worship — February 17, 2021
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Transfiguration Sunday — February 14, 2021

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5th Sunday after the Epiphany — February 7, 2021

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4th Sunday (Monday) after the Epiphany — February 1, 2021
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3rd Sunday after the Epiphany — January 24, 2021

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2nd Sunday after the Epiphany — January 17, 2021

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1st Sunday after the Epiphany Worship Service — January 10, 2021

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2nd Sunday after Christmas Worship Service — January 3, 2021

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New Year’s Eve Worship Service — December 31, 2020

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First Sunday after Christmas — December 27, 2020

Guest preacher: Seminarian Karl Christie

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Christmas Day Worship Service at 9:00 AM

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Christmas Eve Worship Service at 5:00 PM
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Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship – December 20, 2020 Link to watch on Youtube

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Third Sunday in Advent Worship – December 13, 2020 Link to watch on Youtube

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Second Sunday in Advent Worship – December 6, 2020 Link to watch on Youtube

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First Sunday in Advent Worship – November 29, 2020Link to watch on Youtube

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Marriage Moments

Marriage Moments

Every marriage has its “moments.” That’s why marriages need moments of encouragement and refreshment. Marriage Moments are short, weekly videos highlighting one Biblical marriage thought accompanied by a discussion question. Couples may subscribe to receive the videos in a weekly e-mail. Congregations can upload them to their social media pages, encourage members to sign up for the e-mail, and use them as part of their marriage counseling or Bible study ministries.

Watch the videos below or go to Marriage Moments – WELS to subscribe and see more.

20 — Marriage Moments – February 15, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

The essence of marriage is commitment.

Genesis 2:24

19 — Marriage Moments – February 8, 2021

Monday, February 8, 2021

“She shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”

Genesis 2:23

18 — Marriage Moments – February 1, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

“Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

Genesis 2:23

17 — Marriage Moments – January 25, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

God brought the animals to Adam, “to see what he would name them.”

Genesis 2:19

16 — Marriage Moments – January 18, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

God brought Eve to Adam.

Genesis 2:22

15 — Marriage Moments – January 11, 2021, 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

God clothes us in Jesus’ perfection.

Zechariah 3:1,3-5

14 — Marriage Moments – January 4, 2021, 2020

Monday, January 4, 2021

Remember we are sinful human beings.

Zechariah 3:1,3-5

13 — Marriage Moments – December 28, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Adam is incomplete on his own.

Genesis 2:21

12 — Marriage Moments – December 21, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

God made woman from man’s side.

Genesis 2:21

11 — Marriage Moments – December 14, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020

God created a suitable helper that fits like a puzzle piece.

Genesis 2:20

10 — Marriage Moments – December 7, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

It is not good for man to be alone.

Genesis 2:18

9 — Marriage Moments – November 30, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

God formed man and made woman.

Genesis 2:7,22

8 — Marriage Moments – November 23, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

Made by the Master Craftsman

Genesis 2:22

7 — Marriage Moments – November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

God created a work of art.

Genesis 2:7

6 — Marriage Moments – November 9, 2020

Monday, November 6, 2020

God calls his creation really good.

Genesis 1:31

5 -- Marriage Moments – November 2, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

See your differences as unique strengths.

4 — Marriage Moments – October 26, 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

We are created in God’s image.

Genesis 1:27

3 — Marriage Moments – October 19, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

We are the crown of God’s creation.

Genesis 1:27

2 — Marriage Moments – October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

God gave us special status.

Genesis 1:26

1 — Marriage Moments – October 5, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

We are God’s special creation.

Genesis 1:26

Intro for couples

Email Note – Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

Living In Jesus’ Kingdom!
Lord, Take My Hand & Lead Me!
Tomorrow we sing a couple of my favorite hymns: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “When Peace Like a River”. When Peace Like a River is written by Horatio Spafford. Maybe you have heard the story of him writing the hymn. He was a Christian attorney that live in Chicago with his family. He and his wife, Anna, had 5 children, however their son died from Scarlette fever when he was four. A year later, Horatio lost a large number of his properties in the Chicago fires of 1871. Even with the losses, they did what they could to show Christian love and helped others. Two years later, Spafford planned a trip to England for a family vacation and to listen to the famous preacher and friend Evangelist DL Moody. Horatio was delayed because of business, so he sent his family ahead: his wife and their four daughters on a ship.
On 22nd November 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship, Ville du Havre, their vessel was struck by an iron sailing ship. Two hundred and twenty-six people lost their lives, as the Ville du Havre sank within only twelve minutes. All four of Horatio Spafford’s daughters perished, but remarkably Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. Those rescued, including Anna, who was found unconscious, floating on a plank of wood, subsequently arrived in Cardiff, South Wales. Upon arrival there, Anna immediately sent a telegram to her husband, which included the words “Saved alone…”

Receiving Anna’s message, he set off at once to be reunited with his wife. One particular day, during the voyage, the captain summoned him to the bridge of the vessel. Pointing to his charts, he explained that they were then passing over the very spot where the Ville du Havre had sunk, and where his daughters had died. It is said that Spafford returned to his cabin and wrote the hymn “It is well with my soul” there and then, the first line of which is, “When peace like a river, attendeth my way..”

It is hard to imagine going through that much tragedy. However, when difficult times come, we may wonder how I would do. As Christians, we know our Lord Jesus is with us. It is this Lord that gave Horatio Spafford strength to go on, knowing his children were with the Lord and his life was in Jesus’ hands.
Tomorrow, we hear of Jesus healing a leper. Can you imagine being isolated outside of your town, made to call out “Leper, leper … stay away!” Well, maybe you can after this year. In this account, we hear the leper go to Jesus with the confident request, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was willing. He had compassion on the man, even touching him! He healed him!

This same compassionate and powerful Jesus is your Lord and Savior! God at times allows trials to come into our lives. Obviously, we know Satan also does what he can to bring evil into our lives. However, our Lord is always there to grow us and give a way through it. He has come to free you from your sins and soul-sickness that you can live in his Kingdom and serve him! Rejoice! Come and worship him! We will sing the favorite hymn: “When Peace Like a River” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”. Look to meet with Jesus in that personal opportunity you have at the Lord’s Supper. In communion with him, he lifts you up and assures you of forgiveness and a clean conscience. He sends you forth to serve him.
What is keeping you from serving the Lord and worship? Join us in person or online tomorrow. We will do everything we can to have it up and running tomorrow! (Sorry about last week for the livestream!) Come meet with Jesus in worship. We worship together at 9:00 am on Sunday morning or Monday evening at 7:00 pm. Even if you are not able to make it in person, I hope you will take time together with your family to sit at Jesus’ feet!! Livestream is on at 9 am or check out the service later at [Communion is always available on an individual basis. Contact Pastor Green.]

Last week we heard that “Jesus Is Our Demon-Crushing King!”
Here is the bulletin from last Sunday, January 31, 2021
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Sermon – printed copy
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Monday Evening Worship continues at 7:00 pm through February 15th.

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Obituary & Funeral for Marjean Ruddle


Marjean Louise Ruddle
Marjean Louise Ruddle was born on Sept 9,1941 in Wood Lake, Minnesota, a twin daughter born to Arnold and Louise (Behm) Voigt. She was baptized into the Kingdom of God and made an heir of eternal life on October 12,1941. Marjean confessed her Christian faith and faithfulness to her savior and Lord Jesus Christ thru the Rite of Confirmation on May 22,1955. She graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1959 and Mankato Commercial College in 1960 for Business machine Accounting career. First employed by the Soo Line Railroad, then after raising 2 boys, with the City of St Louis Park. She retired to Maple Lake in 2000. Marjean was a breast cancer survivor (1998).

Marjean was united in marriage to William Ruddle on April 1, 1967 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. Her hobbies included bowling, sewing and gardening. She was active with Maple Lake Red Hats lunch group and Maple Lake Lady Bug garden club. She was an active volunteer with the Wise Penny Thrift Shoppe In Buffalo for many years. Marjean was a member of the choir at Timothy Lutheran, St Louis Park MN, and St Peter’s Lutheran in Monticello, MN.

The Lord Jesus called Marjean to himself in heaven on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 at the age of 79 years.

Survivors include her husband William, (son) Kevin Ruddle and wife Becky of New Hope, MN; (son) Kenneth Ruddle of Prior Lake, MN. 9 grandchildren: Zach, Nich, Evan, Amanda, Jack, Luke, Caitlin, Lexie, Emma and 2 great-grandchildren : Aubrey, Harry.
Sisters and brother as follow: Merlin Voigt and wife Pamela of Waukee, IA; Marian Mundale and husband G. Ronald of Maiden Rock, WI and Marcia Schottler and husband Wayne of Helena, MT. Nieces and nephews as follow: Tamra and Garry Voigt; Melissa Mazurek; Jennifer Corrigan; Jeff Mundale.
Marjean was preceded in death by her parents; (sister) Marlys Jones; (sister) Mavis Hatcliff; (daughter-in-law) Anne Ruddle.

A Christian funeral and memorial service is being held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at St Peters Lutheran Church, with Pastor Darren Green officiating.

Visitation will start at 1:00 pm until the service. Family, friends and members of St. Peter’s are welcome to come to the service and/or visitation.

Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Creek, MN. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church or as donors choose.

Marjean had a stroke early Sunday morning. She never fully recovered and was called home to Jesus at 8 pm on Sunday evening. A service of worship and praise to our Lord will take place on Friday at 2:00 pm. We thank the Lord for having brought her to faith and now bringing her to paradise. May the Lord be with Bill and his family at this time and give them comfort and peace in Jesus’ sure Word.

What comfort the reading we heard this last Sunday from Hebrews 2 was. I was able to share this with Bill, Marjean and family in the hospital. We are reminded that Jesus came and calls us family. He especially came to destroy the devil and free us from the fear of death!! Yes, Jesus is true God and true man that stepped into our lives to make certain that we would be holy before God and eventually enter the glory of God. Jesus made atonement for us so we could be confident. Marjean knew Jesus and his precious gift. We take comfort that she is now with the Lord.

Hebrews 2:10–11, 14-18 —10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. … 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Funeral & Obituary of Dale Wagner

Dale WagnerDale James Wagner, age 78 of Monticello, passed away on December 12, 2020 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN

Dale was born the son of Edward and Sophie (Wiseloh) Wagner on November 26, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pattsy; daughters, Bonnie Klein and Donna Wagner; grandchildren, Christopher Klein, Naomi (Braeden) Nieling, Melissa Klein, Jessica Klein, Dalton Wagner and Dylan Skalak; great grandchildren Isabell Klein, Hunter Nieling and Madelyn Nieling; brother, Charles (Lynn) Wagner; sisters, Diane Lambert and Marian (Larry) Rathman; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dale is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Tony; brother, Marvin and brother-in-law, Jerome.

There will be a public visitation for Dale on Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.  with a private family service to follow.   The visitation and service will both be held at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church of Monticello, MN.

Due to the service being private for family only, the service can be watched at the following link:

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN.

Kids Christmas Service Invite


As we come up to Christmas, we still have much to celebrate and rejoice in as our Savior Jesus has come. In the past, we have invited the kids to take part in our Christmas Eve service. However, this year is certainly different, and many things are up in the air. Because of this, we are inviting you to have your kids take a different role in our Christmas Service. If you are interested, we will give your child a part of the Christmas story from the Bible. We would ask that you then work with them to memorize their part, then record them saying it with your cell phone. We will then put the parts together and use them in our Christmas Eve service. In this way, your children can participate, families can watch virtually or if they so choose to come to the live service. It will still give you a chance to have your grandparents watch. Our service will be live-streamed on Christmas Eve at 5:00 PM. It will also be available for anyone to watch following that.

I invite you to have your child take part in sharing the message of our Savior’s birth and the reason for our peace with God. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS YOU CAN. We will be sending out the children’s parts next week. I will include more information at that time about the recording.

I pray all is going well for you and your family. I look forward to having the kids take part in this special worship service to our Lord.

Pastor Green

– Please respond via email: or text: (763) 350-2991. Thanks

Wednesday Bible Class

Wednesday Bible Study — We will meet at 1:30 pm on December 2!

Our study this week will be at the home of Jill McNamara. If you are interested in joining us, please text Pastor Green at (763) 350-2991 or email him: If you would like to join us online, please contact him and he could make that available. At this time he is not planning on having it online.


Baptism Connects Us To Christ’s Promises
The Gift of Faith Is A Gift From God

Infant Baptism


We need to start with what is faith. Faith is a gift from God.


It connects us to Jesus and to all of His promises: forgiveness, righteousness, holiness, child of God, heirs, belonging to God, sons & children of God, redeemed and eternal life.


Jesus’ Command – Make Disciples of ALL Nations

  • Matthew 28:18–2018 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


What does he tell us to use in order to make disciples?



Whom should we make disciples? How many people is that?



What about babies? Should they be baptized too?

  • Acts 2:38-39 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
  • Mark 10:14,16 – When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.



What does it mean to “baptize”?

  • Mark 7:4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash (Greek: baptize). And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles and dining couches.


Scriptures speak of two things needed for baptism, what are they?

  • Ephesians 5:25–2725 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

What does baptism do for us?

  1. What does baptism do for our sins?
  • Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.


  1. What does baptism do about death and the devil?
  • Romans 6:3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
  • Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.


  1. What is the greatest blessing baptism gives?
  • Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
  • 1 Peter 3:18–2218 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.


What gifts does God give through baptism?

  • Acts 2:38–3938 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
  • Acts 22:1616 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’


Faith a gift from God. It directs our eyes to God and his promises for certainty and comfort, not to ourselves and what we need to do.

  • Ephesians 2:8–98 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
  • Ephesians 3:1212 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.


Do Children need to be saved? Do they have sin?

  • Psalm 51:55 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
  • John 3:1–81 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” 4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  • Romans 5:12–1512 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!


Can Children, especially infants, believe?

  • Matthew 18:5–65 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14–1714 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Jesus has the power to do the impossible, miracles.


Baptism Saves & Brings the Promises of God  to Us


What did God cause to happen when a person is baptized?

  • Titus 3:4–74 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
  • Romans 6:1–81 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
  • Colossians 2:6–156 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
  • Galatians 3:24–4:724 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 1 What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
  • 1 Peter 1:3–93 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.