9
Oct
2017

Day of Rest and Gladness

Sermon on Luke 14:1-6, for the 17th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' confrontations with the Pharisees about the Sabbath commandment, and what is and isn't lawful to do on the Sabbath Day. How do we avoid the legalisms of the Pharisees while also obeying the Spirit of the law, and finding physical and spiritual rest? What is the disconnect between the problem Jesus faced with the Pharisees, and our own use of the Sabbath? What changed from Old Testament to New, that we worship on Sunday now? What refreshment does the Lord of the Sabbath bring us? 

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18
Sep
2017

Doctor of Souls

Sermon on Luke 17:11-19, for the 14th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' healing ten lepers, and the one Samaritan who returned to give thanks. What does Jesus imply about the nature of the healing(s) received when he says, "Rise and go, your faith has made you well?" What makes for our wellness? What do we learn from the darker chapters of history, in seeing both the evils and suffering, but also the shining examples of compassion and sacrifice? Why did Jesus enter human history? How did He change it? What is the nature of worship, and why we do it? 

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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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21
Aug
2017

He Himself is Our Peace

Sermon on Luke 19:41-48, for the 10th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' lament over Jerusalem after entering on Palm Sunday. What does Jesus mean about them rejecting the "things that make for peace" and not knowing "the time of their visitation?" What is the peace of Jesus? What kind of "visitation" is still to come? How do we show that we don't know the things that make for peace, and what brings peace even today?

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16
Jul
2017

Live Caught for the Lord’s Service

Sermon on Luke 5:1-11, for the 5th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr. Lectionary), about the call of Peter, the miracle catch of fish, the call to discipleship, and Peter's unworthiness. How does Jesus come to us in our sin? What use does He have for our gifts? Why does He ask for our help? How do we react like Peter to the Lord's commands? 

I also have composed a hymn to accompany this passage, printed below:

 

Into a Net that Christ Prepares

Text: Joshua V. Schneider

Meter: CM (86 86)

Melody: MCKEE (LSB 653 In Christ there is No East or West)

 

Into a Net that Christ Prepares

A world of sinners swim

His Gospel promises He shares

And whole, encircles them.

 

Though nets may strain, they will not break

His church, it firm shall stand,

For this confession it shall make:

“Christ is Living God and Man!”

 

Before His holiness we cry:

“Have mercy, Lord, on me!”

And on our knees hear His reply,

“From all your sins be free!”

 

“Caught live for purposes my own,

Gifts I bestow on you;

Are to be used as I have shown,

Serve them as I have you.”

 

Beholding Christ with unveiled face,

His image we will take;

Drawn on our service He will trace,

To live for other’s sake.

 

Into the world the Gospel casts

The joy of Christ’s new life!

Releases us from dreadful blasts,

Of sin and bitter strife.

 

God’s kingdom prospers by His grace

We’re sent by His command

Catch men and women, every race

Drawn by His nail-marked hand.

 

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10
Jul
2017

Merciful as Your Father

Sermon on Luke 6:36-42, for the 4th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' teaching on mercy and forgiveness, and how we are not to judge or condemn. What does the parable about the blind man and the log and the speck mean? What is the hypocrisy we are so prone to? How do we become merciful after the example of our Father and Jesus our Teacher? What is the positive side of our responsibility to help restore and lead others away from sin? How is this different from judging or condemning? 

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3
Jul
2017

Miracle Moms and Spirit-filled Sons

Sermon on Luke 1:39-45, the Visitation (1 Year Lectionary), about the visit of the pregnant Virgin Mary to the pregnant Elizabeth, and the joy and the movement of the Holy Spirit that occurred on that encounter. What does this teach us about preborn infants and their relation to the Holy Spirit? What does it show about the presence of Jesus, as it relates to faith, the Spirit, and joy? In both the people in the story, and in us today? What is the core essence of faith? When do humans become "spiritual vessels", capable of receiving the Holy Spirit and His action upon us? 

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20
Mar
2017

Christus Victor

Sermon on Luke 11:14-28, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (1 year lectionary), about Jesus' healing the demon possessed man, being accused of being in league with the devil, and how Jesus responds to these false claims. What do the mini-lessons about the strong man, and the house swept clean mean? What is the greater blessing to be sought from God's Word? What is the "Christus Victor Theory", and how does it relate to this passage?

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23
Feb
2017

Faith in Honest and Good Hearts

Note: I do not have an audio recording of this week's sermon available, but if you wish to read the written copy, you can go here: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com/2017/02/sermon-on-luke-84-15-for-sexagesima.html

Sermon on Luke 8:4-15, for Sexagesima (Sixty) Sunday, about the Parable of the Sower, and how the seeds fell on different soils. What are the seeds? What are the soils? How does God grow His kingdom within us, and why does it sometimes grow, and later wither? 

21
Nov
2016

I See a Gracious, Suffering King

Sermon on Luke 23:27-43, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about the Kingship of Jesus seen through His cross. What is unique about His reign? How did the thief on the cross recognize this, and what did he desire and receive? What do Jesus' words of judgment mean? What is the spiritual significance of the green wood/dry wood metaphor? What does it mean to be a part of Jesus' Kingdom?

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24
Oct
2016

The Pharisee and Tax collector

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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3
Oct
2016

Faith like a mustard seed

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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26
Sep
2016

The one whom God helps

Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, about the story of the rich man and Lazarus, and what the story teaches us about compassion and use of our possessions during life on earth, and also how it is a story about eternal life and salvation. How do we come as beggars to a feast?

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19
Sep
2016

Stewarding for our True Master

Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Why was the manager praised? What does Jesus want us to learn from this story, and how we are to steward and use money, wealth, or possessions? What are the positive goals He tells us to aspire to? What wisdom is there here for earthly life, and also eternal life as well? How does Jesus stand as a contrast and counterpart to the dishonest manager? How does He handle our debts?

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12
Sep
2016

God’s Joy for Finding the Lost

Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin. How do these parables (and also the third in the set--the Lost or Prodigal Son), communicate to us our own lost condition and the love of God the Father and Jesus Christ for the lost? What does it mean to be lost? How does it affect us? How does Jesus want to shape our hearts? How do we share in the joy and celebration of heaven?

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