11
Jan
2016

In Baptism we are His

Sermon on Luke 3:15-22, for the Baptism of Our Lord, about the significance of Jesus entering the waters of Baptism, what it meant for His mission and purpose, what it means for us, and what John meant by Jesus will baptize with Spirit and with fire. What is Jesus role in both judgment and salvation? What did the prophet Isaiah say of this in chapters 42-43?

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23
Nov
2015

God’s Justice

Sermon on Isaiah 51:4-6, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about how God's justice would stand as a light for the peoples, and how God brings His justice into the world. What is the difference between human forms of justice and God's? Why do earthly hopes of peace and justice disappoint us, while God's will prevail? How did Jesus perfectly display God's justice?

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5
Jan
2015

Worship the Light

Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, for Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men. Why did they come, and what kind of king and kingdom did they discover when they came? Jesus is King for all people.

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18
Dec
2014

Fears and Comfort in Forgetting and Remembering

Sermon for Advent 3 Midweek, about fears and worries about losing memory, or wanting to forget hardships but being unable--and the comfort of knowing what God forgets and remembers. The following readings are incorporated into the sermon: Psalms 9 & 25, Isaiah 49:15-16, and Luke 12:4-7.

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4
Dec
2014

We’ve Forgotten, but God Remembers

Sermon on forgetting and remembering, a continuation of Sunday's theme, for Advent 1 midweek services. How God's people forget about Him, His mighty works and His commands; and how God remembers His people and His covenant, and reminds us. 

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1
Dec
2014

Forgotten and Remembered

Sermon on Isaiah 64:1-9 for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about the seeming hiddenness of God at times in our lives, wrestling with the burdens of sin, and finding forgiveness and mercy in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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14
Apr
2014

Death with Dignity

Sermon on Isaiah 50:4-9 and Matthew 27:38-54 for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, about the manner and circumstances of Jesus' death, and His victory in life. 

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27
Jan
2014

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Sermon on Isaiah 9:1-4 & Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany. A sermon about where Jesus began His ministry, and where we are called to shine the light into the darkness. 

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20
Jan
2014

Light for the Nations

Sermon on Isaiah 49:1-7, for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, about the Bible's view on life in the womb, and what this passage shows about the particular life of Jesus as He developed in His mother's womb, and what His calling and purpose in God's design would be. 

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16
Dec
2013

Doubts and Expectations

A Sermon on Matthew 11:2-15 for the 3rd Sunday in Advent about the expectations for the kingdom of God and how Jesus responds to our doubts. Also with reference to Isaiah 35:1-10; 61:1

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6
Feb
2012

Comfort for the Weary

Sermon on Isaiah 40:21-31 for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, about reflecting on God's majesty and power in our time of trouble, and finding our strength and resilience in Him alone.

Sermon Talking Points

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

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

1. What did the glory of the heavens move the Psalmist to sing? Psalm 19:1-6; 50:6; 97:6. How does this adjust our sense of size or importance?

2. How did God create the stars and the universe? Gen. 1:14-19; Psalm 104. How thorough is God’s knowledge and attention to His creation, both at the cosmic scale, and at the microscopic scale? Isaiah 40:26; Ps. 147:4; Matt. 10:30.

3. Nevertheless, what question often forms when we are faced by our troubles? Isaiah 40:27; Malachi 3:14-15; Psalm 73. What is God’s answer? What shows us God’s attention, concern, and involvement? Psalm 8; 121:1-2; Phil. 2:6-8

4. What are the things that have you troubled, or weigh you down? Have you ever thought that God didn’t care? Where are His sure promises to you given? Acts 2:38-40; Matt. 26:27-28; John 11:25-26; 1 Pet. 5:7; Rom. 8:26-27; Luke 11:13

5. What comfort is there in knowing that God has an eternal perspective on our problems, and that we can turn them over to Him, instead of bearing them ourselves? Matt. 11:28-30; Psalm 97:1

6. See other Psalms of comfort for times of distress: Psalm 4, 6, 10, 13, 18, 46, etc.

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28
Dec
2011

Like a Shepherd

Sermon on Isaiah 40:10-11 for Christmas Eve, on how Jesus is our Good Shepherd, whom the shepherds came to greet at His birth. Merry Christmas!

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15
Dec
2011

Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates

Sermon on Isaiah 40:6-9 for midweek Advent 3. Based on the Sermon Series "Savior of the Nations Come" by Dr. Reed Lessing of Concordia Seminary St. Louis. A sermon about the idolatry of our hearts and the exile of sin, and how God returns us with joy to our home, through the promises of His eternal Word.

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12
Dec
2011

God’s Anointed

Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent. About what happens when Jesus, God's Anointed, arrives on the scene of human history and the scene of our lives.

Sermon Talking Points

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

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

1. Who directly fulfills this prophecy from Isaiah 61? See Luke 4:16-30; How did Jesus’ ministry carry out these promises? How does He continue to perform this work today?

2. “Anointed” (v. 1) is the translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah” (“Christ” in Greek). “Anointing” typically took place when a prophet, priest, or king took office (see 1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13; 2 Sam. 2:4; Exodus 29:7-9; 1 Chron. 16:22). Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. He is Prophet, Priest and King par excellence.

3. What was Jesus anointed to do? How are the poor and the downtrodden comforted? Matthew 5:3-4. How are the brokenhearted given hope? 2 Cor. 1:3-7. In what way are all of us prisoners? Who sets us free?

4. How does salvation strengthen and establish Christians to be “oaks of righteousness”? How is the peace that Jesus gives different from the peace that the world gives? John 14:27

5. Read Psalm 30. How does the promised and the blessing of Jesus as our Messiah, God’s Anointed Savior of His people, turn our mourning and sadness into joy? What is the Christian’s hope and confidence in the face of all despair, evil, and even death? 1 Corinthians 15

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8
Dec
2011

Prepare the Royal Highway

Sermon on Isaiah 40:3-5, about preparing the Way for the Lord in our hearts by repentance, for the 2nd midweek Advent service. Based on a sermon series for Advent, "Savior of the Nations Come" by Dr. Reed Lessing.

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