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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7
Sep
2016

Count the Cost

Sermon on Luke 14:25-35, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' statements on the conditions and cost of discipleship. How do we understand Jesus' call that you cannot be His disciple unless you "hate" your family? What are the uses of the word "hate" in the Bible, and what can this mean? What sort of undertaking is discipleship, and how do we meet with the cost and the resources for such an endeavor? Who supplies all we need, and how?

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12
Jul
2016

The Good Samaritan

Sermon on Luke 10:25-37, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, about the parable of the Good Samaritan, and how Jesus talks to a lawyer about the questions of how to inherit eternal life, and who is my neighbor. What is our Christian duty? How does one enter eternal life? Who is the Good Samaritan a picture of?

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27
Jun
2016

He set His face

Sermon on Luke 9:51-62, for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, about the cost of discipleship and Jesus' journey to the cross. How does Jesus face rejection? How does the Gospel respond? What are the hindrances and distractions for discipleship? How can one be fit for the kingdom of God?

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20
Jun
2016

Tell how much Jesus has done for you

Sermon on Luke 8:26-39, for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus healing the demon possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes. What were the signs of his demon possession, and how was he restored? By what power and authority did Jesus do it? What do we learn from the response of the demons, and also from the fear of the people? What has Jesus done for us, and how does Jesus now use us in our daily lives?

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13
Jun
2016

If you had eyes like me…

Sermon on Luke 7:36-50, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, about the meal where Jesus was hosted by Simon the Pharisee, and the woman from the city washes the feet of Jesus with her tears and her hair, and how Jesus speaks to Simon about love and forgiveness and hospitality. What does this teach us about how we look at others? At ourselves? How do we get to see through the "eyes of Jesus"?

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6
Jun
2016

God has visited His people

Sermon on Luke 7:11-17, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, about the miracle of Jesus raising the son of the Widow of Nain. How does Jesus enter into our grief? What comfort does He bring, and where and when can we find Him? What comfort does Jesus bring at the funeral of a Christian? What does it mean that God "visited" His people?

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28
Mar
2016

More than Seeing

Sermon on Luke 24:1-12, for Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord. A sermon about what we "see", perceive, or understand about the facts of Jesus' death and resurrection. What does it mean for our life? How does it change us and our future?

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