29
Jan
2009

God’s Constant Mercy

Sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10 for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon Talking Points

1. What task might God be calling you to, for which you are a reluctant worker?

2. Are there people you have given up on witnessing to, because you assumed they were “beyond hope”?

3. How does God show His constant mercy to the repentant?

4. How is the sign of Jonah related to Jesus?

5. What assurance does Jesus’ constant mercy to us at the cross bring to those who have repented and are troubled of their sin?

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19
Jan
2009

The Word of Life

Sermon on Philippians 2:15-16a for Life Sunday.

Sermon Talking Points:

  1. Why do Christians need to be concerned about life issues? How can we stay informed?
  2. Name some specific examples of how human life is devalued. How can we help change those attitudes?
  3. What are examples of crooked and twisted thinking about life, and how do we try to justify it? How does society, the media, etc try to justify it?
  4. What are the implications of the equal value of all human life, and the right to life?
  5. What threefold value does God give to our lives? (hint: think of the Creed)
  6. What comfort does the “word of life” bring to us, or others? Who can you share it with? How does it change our outlook on life?
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12
Jan
2009

He Brings Forth Justice

Sermon on Isaiah 42:1-7, for the Baptism of Our Lord.

Sermon Talking Points

1. What is the natural kind of justice that we speak of as the Law? How does it work?

2. What is the divine justice that Jesus brings? How does it work? What does it look like in action?

3. How are we bruised reeds or smoldering wicks?

4. How or when did God place His stamp of approval on Jesus, marking Him as “my servant, whom I uphold” referred to in Isaiah 1:1?

5. What is the basis for the Divine Justice that Jesus brings forth?

6. How was Jesus a light for the Gentiles, and how can we be also?

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10
Jan
2009

The Light Shines in the Darkness

A Sermon on John 1:1-18 for the Second Sunday after Christmas.

Sermon Talking Points:

1.What does John’s introduction to the Gospel tell us about “the Word” and who or what it is in relation to God?

2.What does it mean that Jesus is the “Light shining in the darkness”? What’s the darkness?

3.What particular darkness do we find in ourselves? Clouding over our lives?

4.Why couldn’t God come to earth in His unclothed glory and light? How would that affect us? Why?

5.How did God instead choose to reveal His Light? How does Jesus’ Light guide and lead us? In what way does it cleanse us?

6.How does the world and the darkness in it, fail to understand, and also fail to overcome the Light?

7.How did Jesus in turn overcome the darkness?

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