Sermon on Exodus 33:12-23, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, about how Moses intercedes for Israel, after the Golden Calf incident, that God would still send His presence with them as they went to the Promised Land. How did Moses appeal for assurances of God's favor? What did Moses pray for God to give him? What request of Moses showed special boldness, but was a request that God could only partially grant? Why was that, and what did Moses see? What do we learn from all this, and our relationship toward God, and finding favor in His eyes?
Sermon on Psalm 16 and Mark 16:1-8, and the parallels between the Exodus of the Israelites led by Moses, and the new, Second Exodus led by Jesus. A sermon for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and how He makes known to us the path of life.
Sermon on the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1-17, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent. A prayerful meditation on the various ways in which we have broken God's commands, a reflection on the goodness of those commands, and the still greater goodness of Jesus who forgave us all our guilt of disobedience.
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- The Ten Commandments begin with God’s announcement that He is the Lord God who delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. How does God’s deliverance of us form the foundation for our obedience? What slavery have we been delivered from? John 8:31-35
- See Martin Luther’s explanation of the commandments in his Small Catechism (instruction booklet) (pg. 321 in the hymnal). How is each commandment connected back to the first—that we fear, love, and trust in God above all things? Why is disobedience to the other commandments first of all a rejection of God and His authority?
- How do the first three commandments direct our relationship between us and God? How do the remaining commandments direct our relationship to our neighbor? What good things are guarded and protected through each command?
- Conduct your own meditation and reflection on each command. What sins of thought, word, or deed have you committed? What is the wrong that you’ve done? What is the good that you’ve left undone? Knowing this, what good should you commit to doing?
- The latter commandments draw concentric circles of protection around our life/the life of our neighbor; our spouse and family; our possessions; our reputation; and against schemes to undermine or deprive us of those blessings. How are God’s commands “holy, righteous, and good?” Romans 7:12. How does Jesus’ teaching on the commands show their inward focus as well? Matthew 5
- How does the sinner “die” to the accusation of the law against us? Rom. 6:1-4; Gal. 2:19-21. How do we then live again? How has Jesus perfectly fulfilled and obeyed each commandment for us? Heb. 4:15; Rom. 5:19-21. How has He taken away the penalty of all our guilt? Rom. 6:23
A sermon on the 7th Commandment (and by extension the 9th-10th Commandments on Coveting) based on Exodus 20:15, 17, and 1 Kings 21:1-16; Ephesians 4:17-32. How we are commanded not to steal or deprive our neighbor of their property unjustly, and what Jesus teaches us to do with our possessions and property, and how He Himself used His riches.
Sermon on the 3rd & 4th Commandments, Exodus 20:8-12.
Sermon on the 6th and 10th Commandments. Exodus 20:14, 17; Genesis 39:1-23; Matthew 5:27-32; Psalm 127.
Sermon for Ash Wednesday. Exodus 20:3
Sermon on Mark 14:12-26 and Exodus 24:3-11 for Maundy Thursday.