Living a New Life!

January 30, 2010

Sermon on the Baptism of Jesus by Pastor Scott Benjamin, guest preacher from my home congregation, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI.


Whose Body Is It?

January 25, 2010

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:27

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**The sermon today is adapted from a Life Sunday sermon from Lutheran’s for Life, by Rev. Mark Barz.

  1. Why is the statement “Who are we to judge another’s decision?” a fatally flawed statement from a logical point of view? What other immoral actions could be protected under this same logic? Abuse, slavery, theft, deviant behavior, drunk driving, etc.

  1. Considering over 50 million children have been killed by abortion in the last 37 years in the U.S. alone (not to mention worldwide!!), who might these lost children have been? What contributions of knowledge, love, joy, and friendship have been lost to society?

  1. Does the status of being dependent change the value of a human life? This logic extends to the infant outside the womb, to children, to the aged, to the infirm or disable. Dependence does not change the value of life. Even Jesus was dependent, humanly speaking, on his mother from conception through childhood.

  1. How does Scripture speak of unborn life? Psalm 22:9-10; 51:5; 71:6; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 1:15, 39-45; etc.

  1. Whose body is it? 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 12; Rom. 14:7-8; 2 Cor. 5:14-15

  1. How is the story of Jesus the ultimate “crisis pregnancy?” What did this body, the body of Christ accomplish for our redemption? How does that join us together in fellowship and concern for one another?

  1. What is the true source of peace and healing and forgiveness for those who’ve gone through abortion? How can we spread Christ’s mercy to them? Visit for more resources

The Best for Last

January 18, 2010

Sermon on John 2:1-11 for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany about the Wedding at Cana.

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  1. What crisis led to Jesus’ first miracle? Why might this come as a surprise?

  1. How does our impatience in prayer and in waiting for God’s help often express itself? Is persistence bad? Read Luke 18:1-8. How is persistence different from demanding the time and form of God’s answer to our prayers? (think about who should be in control). What does Jesus’ answer to Mary teach us about the timing of God’s help/answers to our prayers? When is the “universal hour of God’s help?”

  1. How does marriage teach us about the blessings that God gives and the patience of waiting? What does Jesus use marriage to depict? Matthew 25:1-12; 9:14-17; 22:1-14; Eph. 5:22-33. How is marriage a place for practicing and living out forgiveness with a fellow Christian? How deep should our love be for our spouses if we’re called to love our neighbor as ourselves? Our spouse is our nearest neighbor, so they should be our dearest love.

  1. What did the miracle show about Jesus and His character? How does God save the best for last? What was so significant about “the hour” that Jesus was waiting for? Cf. John 12:23ff; 13:1; 16:1; 17:1ff. What happened then, and how did it prepare “the best for last?”

  1. How do Jesus’ last gifts prove the most enduring of all His miracles, and the best of His “wine?” How does God’s grace continue to pour out through your earthly life and beyond?

Come and Worship!

January 4, 2010

Sermon for Epiphany on Matthew 2:1-12, the visit of the Magi.

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  1. Epiphany means to manifest, reveal, or make known. How is Jesus revealed as both God and man at the visit of the Magi? His baptism? His first miracle of turning water into wine, etc?
  2. What expectation did the Magi have when traveling to see Jesus? Numbers 24:17. How might they have known this prophecy? What expectations can we have as we approach Jesus? How does their hope urge us on to believe that we too can be received by Jesus?
  3. How did the Magi’s search show that they sought truth? Where did the priests in Jerusalem find that truth for the Magi? Micah 5:2; 2 Sam. 5:1-2. What was their response to it? Why didn’t they go and worship also?
  4. How can we worship Jesus with joy like the Magi? How does the light of Christ, the Morning Star, give us joy? 2 Peter 1:19; Rev. 21:16
  5. What sacrifice and gifts can we offer King Jesus? Psalm 51:16-17; Rom. 12:1; Heb. 13:15-16
  6. How do the treasures that Jesus opens to us far surpass anything we could give? What treasures does He bring us? 1 Peter 1:17-21. How does Jesus serve us in worship? Mark 10:45; cf. John 13:1-20