18
Aug
2014

People of Faith and Mercy, Part 9

Sermon on Romans 11:1-2a, 13-32, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, part 9 of a 13 part series in Romans, "God's Greater Story." This sermon addresses the meaning of the "grafting" metaphor of the olive tree and branches, and how it Jew and Gentile relate in the church of Christ. 

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11
Aug
2014

People with a Purpose, Part 8

Sermon on Romans 10:5-17, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about faith and the Word of God as the Holy Spirit's tool for creating faith. Part 8 of the series on Romans, "God's Greater Story."

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4
Aug
2014

People of Promise, Part 7

Sermon on Romans 9:1-13, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, on having a passion for the lost, and how God makes us into the people of God who live by His promise and for His greater purposes.

Note: The following sermon is part 7 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. I did not preach sermons 4-7 in the series, if you are following along on the blog. In the beginning of the sermon I allude the difficulty of Romans ch. 9, referring to the passages about election and specifically vs. 13. In this sermon I did not tackle that large and complex issue, which would require a whole sermon in itself. However, for the interested reader, I can commend no better summary of the issue of election and predestination than the summary found here http://www.bookofconcord.org/fc-ep.php#XI.Election or here http://www.bookofconcord.org/sd-election.php  These are, respectively the Epitome (short version) and Solid Declaration (long version) of the Formula of Concord, from the Lutheran Confessions found in the Book of Concord. While not resolving all difficulties and potential questions, it faithfully lays out the Biblical teaching and shows that it is a doctrine of comfort and not fear. I encourage you to read it.

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7
Jul
2014

Christ our Deliverer, Part 3

Sermon on Romans 7:14-25, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, about the struggle we endure as simultaneously saint and sinner, and how we find victory in Christ Jesus. 

Note: The following sermon is part 3 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

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30
Jun
2014

The Resurrecting Christ, Part 2

A sermon on Romans 7:1-13 for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how the power of the Risen Christ still changes lives, and in particular what it means to live under grace, and not under the law. What is the relationship of the new life of the Christian to God's good and holy commandment? 

Note: The following sermon is part 2 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

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23
Jun
2014

Baptized into God’s Greater Story, Part 1

Sermon on Romans 6:1-23, for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how baptism draws us into God's salvation story. Adapated from part 1 of a series entitled "God's Greater Story", by Rev. David Schmitt, of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

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16
Jun
2014

It was very good

Sermon on Genesis 1:1-2:4, for Trinity Sunday, about the Creation of the Universe and what was very good about it, especially focusing on what was good about our relationship as creature to our Creator. A contrast to what went wrong, and how God went about restoring creation to what is and will be good again.

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9
Jun
2014

The Spirit’s Harvest

Sermon on Acts 2:1-21 for the Festival of Pentecost, on the theme of harvest. How Pentecost is a harvest, and the harvest language of the prophet Joel and Jesus, and how it relates to judgment and salvation. 

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2
Jun
2014

The Christian on Trial

Sermon on 1 Peter 4:12-19 & 5:6-11 about how the Christian is on trial together with Christ, in the eyes of the world, and what is our hope in judgment and our strength to carry forward. How God is merciful to us when we've endured suffering. 

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28
May
2014

The Gift of Good Conscience

Sermon on 1 Peter 3:13-22, for the 6th Sunday of Easter, about how we have a good conscience, and the appeal to God for good conscience in baptism. 

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19
May
2014

Royal Priesthood

Sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, about the church as God's chosen people and Royal Priesthood. What does it mean that Jesus is our Cornerstone, and how does His life reflect in the lives of His royal priesthood?

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12
May
2014

The Shepherd

Sermon on John 10:1-10 for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep, and why its good to be a sheep in His flock. 

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5
May
2014

Let’s Talk Story

Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, about Jesus' conversation with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and how Jesus comforts and cares for discouraged and struggling Christians, and lifts us up with the promise of His resurrection. 

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28
Apr
2014

Obey God, not men

Sermon on Acts 5:29-42, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about how the joy of Jesus' resurrection propelled the apostles to defy the Sanhedrin and preach the Gospel, and how Christians can face persecution or other situations where we are called to obey God rather than men. 

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21
Apr
2014

Delivery Confirmation

Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10, for the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday. A sermon about messengers--the word of the angel to the women, and their role in telling the disciples, and our role in telling others about Jesus. How have we received confirmation of the message?

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