28
Dec
2009

According to Your Word

Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the 1st Sunday after Christmas.

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. Why was it essential that Jesus fully keep the Law, even from birth? Gal. 4:4-5; Heb. 4:15. What laws of God did Mary and Joseph keep for Him after birth? Genesis 17:9-14; Exodus 13:1-15; Leviticus 12:1-8. How did each law hint at Jesus’ future death?
  2. What joy inspired Simeon’s song? What did it tell about the significance that lay ahead in baby Jesus’ life?
  3. How was Simeon able to face his death with peace? What gave him the assurance that his salvation was assured? How does God’s Word and Sacrament give us assurance at death?
  4. How does Simeon’s song announce that this message belongs to everyone? How can we withhold it from others, since it’s the rightful possession of all mankind?
  5. What more ominous note to Mary about Jesus’ future, followed Simeon’s song? How did this relate to the cross?
  6. How does the cross expose all hearts and motives? When have we acted with hidden motives and agendas? How often have we been deceptive in our actions? Why is this not fitting of Christians/followers of Christ? 2 Cor. 4:1-3
  7. Why is standing under the cross of Jesus in repentance and humility the only way to rise with Him? Luke 2:34-35; Romans 7:24-8:8; Romans 6.
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28
Dec
2009

The Light no darkness can Overcome

Sermon on John 1:1-14 for Christmas Eve, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

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21
Dec
2009

Blessed is she who believed!

Sermon on Luke 1:39-45 for the 4th Sunday in Advent

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. How does this reading from Luke 1:39-35 (see also 1:15) show that we were created to be spiritual beings from our conception? See also Psalm 22:9-10; 51:5; 71:6. What implications does the start of life (and our spirituality) have for baptism? For life issues, like abortion?
  2. How can we guard the sanctuary of the womb, to see that it remains a place of safety for a growing child? How can we reach out to women facing the challenge of unplanned pregnancies?
  3. It has been said that there are only 4 differences between an unborn baby and a newborn: size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency. Why do none of these change a person’s status as a human being at any stage of life? How does the Bible affirm that life in the womb is same as life outside? Read Luke 1:41, 44; 2:12, 16; 18:15. (the same Greek word “brephos” is used in every instance?
  4. What common things did John and Jesus share? How did their growth in their mother’s wombs bring together these women of faith? How was the Holy Spirit at work in John and Elizabeth?
  5. What was the greater blessing for Mary: to be mother of Jesus, or to be blessed because she believed in the promise of the Lord? Cf. Luke 11:27-28.
  6. What’s the greatest blessing for us? How can we spread that to others, as a gift? How did that blessing come at Christmas?
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18
Dec
2009

The Suffering and Glory of God’s Servant

Sermon on Isaiah 52:13-53:12 for Wednesday Advent 3.

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18
Dec
2009

The Lord Will Install His King Forever

Sermon on Isaiah 9:1-7 for Wednesday Advent 2.

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14
Dec
2009

Shall We Look for Another?

Sermon on Zephaniah 3:14-20 and Luke 7:18-28

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. Read Luke 7 from the start of the chapter. What things might John’s disciples have been reporting to him? (v. 18)

  1. What are some ways in which we ask the question “Shall we look for another” of Jesus? How do people today express their dissatisfaction with Jesus or His teachings, or His body the church? What substitutes do people look for instead of Jesus?

  1. How did Jesus demonstrate that He was the Messiah that they looked for? What are some of the characteristics the Messiah was supposed to fill? (Messiah is the Hebrew word that means “anointed one”—the Greek translation of the same word is Christ). Read Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 29:18-19; 35:5, 61:1-7

  1. How does the Advent (coming) of our Messianic King spark joy and rejoicing? What is it like to know that God rejoices and sings over us? Zephaniah 3:17

  1. How do the verses in Zephaniah 3:15, 17 speak directly of the Messiah? How do they communicate the truth of the name “Immanuel” (see Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)?

  1. What is the most important proof of Jesus as the Messiah? What was the central purpose of His ministry? How does Jesus’ central purpose and central act of ministry bring salvation and blessing to all believers?
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7
Dec
2009

The Word of God Came

Sermon on Luke 3:1-14 for the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. What was so unlikely about the way that God announced the coming of His Son, the Lord? How would we have done it?

  1. What made John the Baptist stand out? Read the prophecies about his coming in Malachi 3:1-7 and Isaiah 40:3-5. What would his coming be like?

  1. Why was the wilderness and the region of the Jordan River a significant site for John’s repentance and baptismal preaching? Read Numbers 13-14, Joshua 1-4.

  1. How does the wilderness depict our life and spiritual situation? What testing or trials do we face? What promised land do we hope for? What’s our entrance through water into God’s kingdom? 1 Corinthians 10.

  1. What’s involved in preparing our hearts for the Lord’s coming? How are a level highway and straight paths made?

  1. What are the personal applications of repentance and a changed life in your vocations (callings) in life? See the Table of Duties in the Small Catechism.

  1. The word of God came to John the Baptist. How did the Word of God then come? (hint: read John 1). How does the Word of God continue to come to us?
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3
Dec
2009

The Throne of David

Sermon for Wednesday, Advent 1 on Isaiah 7:1-17, the prophesy of Jesus' virgin birth.

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