16
Oct
2017

Commander and Savior

Sermon on Matthew 22:34-46, for the 18th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' teaching of the Law and the Gospel in a nutshell--what is the greatest commandment? And who is the Christ? Why is love central to the Law? What does Jesus mean that the Law and the Prophets depend (lit. "hang") on these two commands? What did the Pharisees refuse to see? What does Psalm 110:1 mean?

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25
Sep
2017

Jesus, our Master

Sermon on Matthew 6:24-34, from the Sermon on the Mount, for the 15th Sunday after Trinity (1 YR lectionary), about who is our master--God, or money. What demands does money make, if it is our master? What does it give us? What does it take from us? How does worry factor in? How is Jesus a better master in every way? What does He give us in return? Where is God's kingdom and righteousness to be found? 

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7
Aug
2017

True Disciples Know the True Christ

Sermon on Matthew 7:15-23, for the 8th Sunday after Trinity, about false prophets and their deceptions. How does this piece of the Sermon on the Mount fit into the bigger picture, as the "exit" of the sermon? What are the dangers and pitfalls that surround discipleship? How does a false prophet reveal himself? How do disciples learn to know the true Christ, so as not to be taken in by frauds and imposters? Who will enter the kingdom of heaven, and how? 

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12
Mar
2017

Unforgettable Faith

Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about the Canaanite Woman who showed unforgettable faith as she pursued Jesus for the healing of her daughter. Why did Jesus seem cold to her at first? What triple lesson is there for her, the disciples and us? How does this parable influence how we deal with "outsiders" and our prejudices? What made her faith remarkable, and what was Jesus' final response to her?

If you would like to check out my original hymn composition to go along with this reading, please visit:

http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com/2017/03/crumbs-from-my-masters-table.html

 

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13
Feb
2017

God is Generous to all who enter

Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the Vineyard, for the Sunday of Septuagesima ("Seventy" in latin--signifying approximately 70 days till Easter in the 1 Year Lectionary). The sermon is about the generosity of the master as a picture of God, and what are the reasons for our jealousy and complaining? What would produce contentment and thanksgiving instead? How generous is God?

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6
Feb
2017

Jesus Only

Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9 for the Transfiguration of our Lord, about Jesus' glorification on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah. What is the key message that we are to take from this miraculous encounter?

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30
Jan
2017

True Sense of Security

Sermon on Matthew 8:23-27, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (1 year lectionary), about Jesus' calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. What do we learn from the disciples' fear and cry for help, and Jesus' response? Does God promise us resccue from every dangerous or evil event? What does the lesson teach us about where to find our security? What are the promises that define that security in Jesus?

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12
Dec
2016

Blessed to take no offense at Jesus

Sermon on Matthew 11:2-10, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent (1 Year Lectionary), about Jesus and John the Baptist, and how Jesus encouraged John at a particularly low point of his life, and reassured him about the coming of Jesus' kingdom. How do people take offense at Jesus, and what is the blessed of not being offended by Him? What is the shape of Jesus' kingdom? How do we receive His kingdom rightly? Is there a connection to Matthew 5, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their's in the kingdom of heaven"?

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28
Nov
2016

Successful Journeys and Clear Destinations

Sermon on Matthew 21:1-9, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, explaining why Jesus' Palm Sunday entrance to Jerusalem is read on the first Sunday in Advent. What journey do we join Jesus for? Where are we going? What is unique about the kingship of Jesus, and how does He convey that to the crowd? How does His kingdom grow?

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7
Nov
2016

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Sermon on Matthew 5:9, for All Saints' Day, about the beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Why is peacemaking a characteristic of God? What does this mean, and what is Jesus' role in making peace? How do we carry on Jesus' peacemaking mission? What are some challenges of making peace, and some practical advice from the Scripture?

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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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29
Dec
2014

The Place for Love

Sermon on 1 John 4:7-16 & Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Eve, about how God had to prepare a place for Love to enter the world through the person of His Son Jesus Christ, and how He continues to prepare that place in our hearts.

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24
Nov
2014

What sort of people?

Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about Jesus' Final Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats, and what the relationship between faith and good works is. How should we live in anticipation of that judgment, and what deeds mark the life of the Christian. How do we obtain such faith to do these things?

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17
Nov
2014

Banking on the Master

Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30, for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, the Parable of the Ten Talents. A sermon about how we prepare for Christ's second coming and His judgment. Lessons in stewardship and trusting God, and how we perceive or encounter God.

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10
Nov
2014

Meet the Bridegroom!

Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, about the Parable of the Ten Virgins, or the Five Wise and Five Foolish Virgins, and the Wedding Banquet that they were invited to. How does this parable prepare us for Jesus' second coming, and to be watchful and ready?

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