11
Sep
2017

The Good Samaritan

Sermon on Luke 10:23-37 (with references to Galatians 3), for the 13th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. What was the teacher of the law trying to learn from Jesus? How was he trying to use the law in a way for which it had not been given? What does the parable teach us about who is our neighbor? What characterizes the actions of the Good Samaritan, and who is the best description of that care? How are we enabled to love our neighbor, not  for justifying ourselves, but out of a new definition of who we are? How do we inherit eternal life? 

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8
Jul
2013

Part 6: “Cross-shaped Life”

Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18, for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Christian's life of sanctification. 

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1
Jul
2013

Part 5, “Freedom in Christ”

Sermon on Galatians 5:1, 13-25 for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, about sanctification in the Christian life, and how we understand our Christian freedom, and bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be a work of God's grace within us. 



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24
Jun
2013

Part 4: “Faith in Christ”

Sermon on Galatians 3:23-4:7 for the 5th Sunday of Pentecost, about how the Law of God imprisoned us because of sin, but how Christ justifies us by faith. A contrast of our self-help efforts at dealing with our spiritual trouble, to God's total and sufficient work in Christ. 



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10
Jun
2013

Part 2: “Chief of Sinners”

Sermon on Galatians 1:11-24, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, about Paul's conversion from a persecutor who had "zeal without knowledge" to a missionary with a holy zeal, and how this demonstrated the grace of God.

Sermon Talking Points

Read past sermons at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. The word “gospel” is used in at least two ways in the Bible. In the broad sense it is used to describe the whole of Jesus’ life and teaching, as in the Four Gospels. In the narrow sense, and as it is contrasted with God’s Word of Law, gospel means the “good news.” In this narrow sense, it encompasses all that God does in Christ, and speaks no threat or condemnation, but only the free and unconditional promises of God for us in Christ Jesus.
  2. Why would the false teachers, both then and today, claim that their “gospel” was also from God? What unique claims did Paul have to show that this was really true? Galatians 1:11-17. How did Paul stand independently as a witness to Jesus’ resurrection? What made the people marvel to God about Paul’s life?
  3. Why did Paul share the account of his overwhelming zeal for Judaism, in his former life? 1 Timothy 1:12ff; Philippians 3:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:21-23.
  4. What is different about the methods and actions of Paul’s “holy zeal” after his conversion? What tools can (and cannot) such a zeal for good employ? Romans 10:2; 12:21; Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 4:1-2.
  5. Why will efforts to persecute the church or extinguish the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, never ultimately succeed? Matthew 16:18; Acts 5:33-42.
  6. How does the example of Paul give hope to all the “tough-minded” and stubborn? What is amazing about the love of God? Galatians 1:15-16; Romans 5:6-11.

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3
Jun
2013

Part 1: “Divine Origin”

Part 1 of a 6 part sermon series on the book of Galatians. The text for today is Galatians 1:1-12, Paul's defense of his Gospel being of Divine Origin.

Sermon Talking Points

Read past sermons at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. At whose initiative was Paul sent, and at whose initiative did he preach the Gospel? How did this shape and inform his ministry? How did it contrast to those who were troubling the Galatians with a false gospel? Galatians 1:1, 6-8, 10-12. Cf. Acts 9.
  2. Luther comments that the words “grace” and “peace” in Gal. 1:3, contain a summary of all of Christianity. What good news is summarized in each of these words? Unpack it. For “grace” see Romans 3:23-24; 4:4-5; 4:16; 11:6. For “peace” see Luke 2:14; 7:50; John 14:27; 16:33; 20:19-23; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14
  3. Read Galatians 1:5. If God alone gets and deserves the glory for salvation (cf. Psalm 115:1), what does that mean for human boasting, glory, works, or taking credit? Why is this the greatest assurance for the troubled conscience, to know that salvation is 100% God’s work, and not even the smallest inkling of credit goes to us? If this were not so, how would it be the source of all kinds of doubt and trouble for the Christian conscience?
  4. Why did the situation in Galatia provoke Paul to such a passionate response, above and beyond all his other writings? What was vitally at stake? Galatians 1:6-9. Why should we never listen to any distortion of the true gospel, no matter how glossy and attractive the presentation is? When is passion and zeal (or even righteous anger) a good thing, and when is it dangerous and misguided? Cf. John 2:13-22; Romans 10:1-2; Galatians 1:13-14.
  5. When we have become certain of the message of the Gospel, that comes from Christ, why is it vital that we treasure this good news above all earthly wisdom, promises, and man-made religion?
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