Your King is Coming

November 30, 2009

Sermon on Luke 19:28-40 for the First Sunday in Advent

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1. What themes of Kingship are found in the story of Christ, from birth till death? How does the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem show themes of royalty? Read 1 Kings 1; 2 Kings 9:13; Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 118:25-26

2. Why was Israel especially waiting for and expecting a Messianic King? Since the time of the Davidic kings, they had alternately been ruled by the Assyrians (N. Kingdom only), Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and then Romans. What would the Romans have feared about such a demonstration? What reason did the Pharisees fear it? John 12:19

3. What indications were there from prophesy and from Jesus’ own life, that He was a King of Peace, not a political king who would make warfare? See Zech. 9:10; Isaiah 9:2-7

4. What was the misunderstanding of Jesus’ would-be subjects? How do Christians today sometimes mistake the meaning and benefits of being part of God’s kingdom? What makes for a “worthy subject” in Christ’s kingdom? Do we have to be “super-Christians?” Phil. 3:3; 4:13; 2 Cor. 12:9-10

5. How does Christ the King fight for us on the battlefield? Isaiah 35:3-4; 42:3; Col. 2:14-15; 1 Pet. 3:18-19; Acts 2:34-35

6. How should we greet His coming, and prepare for His return? What does He accomplish in us through His Word and Sprit?


Thankful Thoughts and Life!

November 27, 2009

Sermon for Thanksgiving Day on Philippians 4:6-20


From Survival to Salvation

November 23, 2009

Sermon on Mark 13:24-37 for the Last Sunday of the Church Year

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  1. What makes “end of the world” disaster movies so popular? Why is it futile to try to place a date on the world’s end? (Mark 13:32).

  1. What information does Jesus give us about the end of the world? The apostle Peter? (2 Peter 3). What are the warning signs? (read all of Mark 13).

  1. What does it mean that the “powers in the heavens will be shaken?” What power remains unshaken on the Last Day? How does Jesus stand as a refuge for all believers on that day? (Psalm 46; Isaiah 41:6; Mark 13:26, 31).

  1. What do each of the two parables in our reading teach us about Jesus’ return and how we are to be prepared for it? How are we to “be on guard, stay awake?”

  1. In what way are we expecting much more than mere survival, but a total and complete salvation? On what does our hope rest? What odds were against our salvation?

  1. How did Jesus, the hero of our story, save us? How did He put His almighty power to work in His first coming, and how will He put it to work again in His second coming? How’s the real story of salvation superior to all the earthly stories that echo it? What’s the conclusion? Where do you fit in?


Draw Near With a True Heart

November 16, 2009

Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25 for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

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  1. Why must we have a pure heart to see God? Matt. 5:12. How does the Scripture describe our sinful heart? Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9-10; Matt. 15:18-20. What could prevent us from seeing God?

  1. How does God give us the pure heart we need? How is this different from how we often speak of someone having a “good heart?” Ezek. 36:25-27.

  1. How does this give the Christian confidence? Confidence of what and to do what?

  1. What things might prevent us from holding fast to our confession of hope? What might cause us to waver? How do we make the bold confession? Read Acts 4; 1 Peter 2:9-12.

  1. What can you do to stir others up in their love and good works? What can you offer in service yourself?

  1. Why is worship an essential part of the Christian life? Is this law or gospel? What happens gradually if we remove ourselves from Christian fellowship?

  1. Finally as the day of judgment approaches, where do we find our Christian confidence and certainty?

Of Mites and Women

November 9, 2009

Sermon for LWML Sunday on the offering of the widow's mites on Mark 12:38-44.

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  1. Read Psalm 16:5-6. What does it mean to have the Lord as our portion or lot? How does this order our priorities in life?

  1. What mattered most to the scribes? (Mark 12:38-40). How does this differ from the way Jesus taught us to give and to pray? Matt. 6:1-8. What are examples where we fall into the trap of showing off our status or our “holiness”?

  1. What was the status of a widow? Who guards the widow? Psalm 68:5; Malachi 3:5

  1. Why is a place of humility better than a place of honor? Mark 10:31, 42-45.

  1. Why should giving and true generosity be sacrificial? What might we sacrifice in our giving? What made the widow’s gift bigger than all the others?

  1. Who was the ultimate example of sacrificial giving? What did Jesus acquire for our inheritance through His death on the cross and resurrection?

Who are the Saints?

November 2, 2009

Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17 for All Saints' Day.

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  1. Why is racism not in line with the truth of the Gospel? What does the Bible teach about humanity that combats the idea of racism? Acts 17:26; Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 15:45; Col. 3:11 See also

  1. What racial prejudices or stereotypes have you been guilty of holding? How does John’s vision of heaven transform how we must look at our fellow human beings? What does it teach us about who the saints are?

  1. What does John’s vision teach us about the importance of worship? What does the posture of a worshipper convey about themselves and about God? Rev. 7:11; 1 Tim. 6:16; Heb. 12:28-29; Matt. 2:11; 14:33; John 4:20ff

  1. What is the central truth about who the saints are, and how we become saints? Reread Rev. 7:14. Heb. 12:22-24; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2; Col. 1:11-14.

  1. Describe the heavenly comfort that awaits the saints. How does this vision help us in this life? What will be gone, and what will be our heavenly provision? Isaiah 25:6-9; John 4:10; 6:37-39. What does the presence of all the saints in heaven remind us of? (Think of Rev. 7:14 again).