Heritage, Truth, and Freedom

October 31, 2016

Sermon on John 8:31-36, for Reformation Day. Why is a heritage a good thing? How can it be misused? What is the relationship between the truth and freedom that Jesus proclaims? How is spiritual freedom endangered or lost? How is it preserved and used? What change of status does Jesus grant to His disciples?

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The Pharisee and Tax collector

October 24, 2016

Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching on justification. Why is this teaching central to the Christian faith and our salvation? What was wrong about the Pharisee's prayer, and right about the tax collector's? How do we make attempts to justify ourselves? How is the term justified related to the term righteous? What is the basis of God's mercy towards sinners? What is the posture of faith?

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The Hiddenness and Nearness of God

October 17, 2016

Sermon on Genesis 32:22-30, for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, about Jacob wrestling with God, and being renamed Israel. When does it seem like God is "hidden" from us, or far away? How do we respond? What does God desire for us to do, and how has He given us great and certain promises? Who is the revealer of God the Father, and what does He show us about God, when we encounter Him?

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Faith like a mustard seed

October 3, 2016

Sermon on Luke 17:1-10, for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, about faith and forgiveness. What is one of the hardest things faith is called to do? What was Jesus teaching about faith, the size of a mustard seed? Where does the power lie? How does Jesus teach us about the nature of forgiveness? What's the only attitude and spirit in which we can rebuke a brother?

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