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People of Faith and Mercy, Part 9

People of Faith and Mercy, Part 9

August 18, 2014

Sermon on Romans 11:1-2a, 13-32, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, part 9 of a 13 part series in Romans, "God's Greater Story." This sermon addresses the meaning of the "grafting" metaphor of the olive tree and branches, and how it Jew and Gentile relate in the church of Christ. 

People with a Purpose, Part 8

People with a Purpose, Part 8

August 11, 2014

Sermon on Romans 10:5-17, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about faith and the Word of God as the Holy Spirit's tool for creating faith. Part 8 of the series on Romans, "God's Greater Story."

People of Promise, Part 7

People of Promise, Part 7

August 4, 2014

Sermon on Romans 9:1-13, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, on having a passion for the lost, and how God makes us into the people of God who live by His promise and for His greater purposes.

Note: The following sermon is part 7 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. I did not preach sermons 4-7 in the series, if you are following along on the blog. In the beginning of the sermon I allude the difficulty of Romans ch. 9, referring to the passages about election and specifically vs. 13. In this sermon I did not tackle that large and complex issue, which would require a whole sermon in itself. However, for the interested reader, I can commend no better summary of the issue of election and predestination than the summary found here http://www.bookofconcord.org/fc-ep.php#XI.Election or here http://www.bookofconcord.org/sd-election.php  These are, respectively the Epitome (short version) and Solid Declaration (long version) of the Formula of Concord, from the Lutheran Confessions found in the Book of Concord. While not resolving all difficulties and potential questions, it faithfully lays out the Biblical teaching and shows that it is a doctrine of comfort and not fear. I encourage you to read it.

Christ our Deliverer, Part 3

Christ our Deliverer, Part 3

July 7, 2014
Sermon on Romans 7:14-25, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, about the struggle we endure as simultaneously saint and sinner, and how we find victory in Christ Jesus. 

Note: The following sermon is part 3 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

The Resurrecting Christ, Part 2

The Resurrecting Christ, Part 2

June 30, 2014
A sermon on Romans 7:1-13 for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how the power of the Risen Christ still changes lives, and in particular what it means to live under grace, and not under the law. What is the relationship of the new life of the Christian to God's good and holy commandment? 

Note: The following sermon is part 2 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

Baptized into God’s Greater Story, Part 1

Baptized into God’s Greater Story, Part 1

June 23, 2014

Sermon on Romans 6:1-23, for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how baptism draws us into God's salvation story. Adapated from part 1 of a series entitled "God's Greater Story", by Rev. David Schmitt, of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

Public Defender

Public Defender

April 7, 2014

Sermon on Romans 8:1-11 for the 5th Sunday in Lent, about how there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and what it means to stand in God's heavenly courtroom. 

Grace is Greater

Grace is Greater

March 10, 2014

Sermon on Romans 5:12-19, for the 1st Sunday in Lent, about the Fall into sin and the universal impact on mankind, and the seeming unfairness of it, contrasted to the greatness and goodness of God's grace in Christ Jesus. 

Armor of Light

Armor of Light

December 4, 2013

Sermon on Romans 13:11-14, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about the readiness and watchfulness we are called to have during these last days, and how we wear the "armor of light" to guard against works of darkness. 

Christ Alone

Christ Alone

October 28, 2013

Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, for Reformation Day, about how Christ Alone is our salvation, and what Paul means by the two kinds of righteousness he describes in this chapter. 

Reformation Day

Reformation Day

November 5, 2012

Sermon on Romans 3:19-28 for Reformation Day, preached by Pastor Paul Roschke.

Need to Hear

Need to Hear

August 8, 2011

Sermon on Romans 10:5-17 for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost about how faith comes by hearing, and how we participate in the mission of God.

Sermon Talking Points Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. If we are spiritual beggars, and Christ is the one who has prepared a feast, what is our role in God’s mission? What is it that we have to share with others?

2. How do we “enrich ourselves” to be able to share with others? Rom. 10:12; 2 Cor. 8:9; Isaiah 55:1-2.

3. Why was it necessary and part of God’s plan that Christianity would become global? Matt. 28:19-20; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; Col. 3:11; Joel 2:28-32

4. What is God’s method or means to create faith? Rom. 10:14-17. How does that get us involved in the mission of God?

5. Have you considered whether God is calling you to serve in the mission and ministry of His church, either as a pastor, teacher, deaconess, missionary, youth worker, or in another capacity? How can you support and encourage those who might be called? How can you support the work of the church in preparing such workers for the harvest?

6. How does having the “good message” make for a good messenger with “beautiful feet?” Rom. 10:15; Isaiah 52:7.

7. Summarize that “good news” or Gospel about Jesus Christ, and how you can tell it simply to another person. What has God done for us in Christ Jesus? Use the words of the Creed if you need help. Why is this a message to be cherished and to always hear with joy and expectation?

Hero Worship

Hero Worship

March 28, 2011

Sermon on Romans 5:1-8, about heroes and the Greatest Hero Story Ever!

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. Who are your heroes? What was it about those heroes that you wanted to imitate? What made their stories magnetic? What were their virtues, and what is it about their character that was worthy of imitation?

2. What happens when our problems/crises are bigger than an earthly hero can handle? Or when our earthly heroes disappoint or are found to be imperfect? Not there to help us when we need it?

3. What type of imitation is praised in the Bible? 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Timothy 3:10; Titus 2:7

4. How is the story of Jesus the “Greatest Hero Story Ever Told?” What are the “God-sized” problems Jesus came to rescue us from? Romans 5:6-12; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 3:23-24; 6:23. Why is only Jesus able to rescue us from these problems?

5. What was different and greater about Jesus’ rescue than ordinary hero stories? Rom. 5:6, 8, 10 show us that Jesus died for us while we were: ungodly, sinners, and enemies of God. Rather than fighting to destroy His enemies, Jesus died and rose to save & rescue them.

6. Jesus is truly deserving of “hero worship.” He is the true Son of God, and God alone is to be worshipped (The First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3). See examples of Jesus being worshipped as True God: Matthew 2:2; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:38; Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 7:9-12

7. Why is Jesus more than just a hero? What does it mean to call Him your Savior? Matt. 1:21; 1 Tim. 4:10; 2 Tim. 1:10.

Rescue at Sea

Rescue at Sea

January 10, 2011

A story sermon based on Romans 6:1-11, addressing why Paul tells us that we cannot sin so that grace may increase. For the Baptism of Our Lord.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. My sermon attempts to put the question of “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” into a story about salvation, that can help us to see why it’s completely illogical to dive back into sin—as Paul says: “By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”

2. How is our salvation and rescue from sin truly like being drowned, rescued, and brought back to life? Ephesians 2:1-10, especially vs. 1 & 5

3. What are the new clothes of salvation that we wear? Gal. 3:27; Romans 6:1-11; 13:14. What are the old rags that Christ takes off of us? Isaiah 64:6; Rom. 6:6; Col. 3:5-11. Why can we not enter the “Heavenly Harbor” wearing our old rags? Matt. 22:1-14

4. What is Jesus’ aim and purpose? Luke 19:10; John 10:11-18; 1 Tim. 2:4

5. Why are some people dissatisfied to remain aboard the “Ship Salvation?” Why would people prefer to live in the old ways of sin? How is this incompatible with “life aboard ship”?

6. How is the “ocean of sin” a powerfully deceptive lure? Matt. 13:22; 1 Tim. 6:6-10; Prov. 11:28; John 8:34.

7. How do God and Jesus show their patience toward us in salvation? 2 Pet. 3:8-10; How is Jesus the agent of God’s justice? Isaiah 42:1-9; James 2:13. What should our response be to such a great salvation?

With One Voice

With One Voice

December 6, 2010

Sermon on Romans 15:4-13 for the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: https://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. How do the New Testament writers use athletic imagery to teach us the importance of endurance? 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Gal. 5:7; Phil. 2:16; Heb. 12:1-2. What are the obstacles or “walls” that you face?

2. What are the purposes that Paul names here, for why the Scriptures were written? Name at least 3. Are the stories of saints in the Bible merely “character studies” for us to imitate? Why or why not? How does Jesus’ completion of His race help us in a way that a competitor like Lance Armstrong completing a race does not?

3. Describe what God-given “harmony” or “like-mindedness” is like. Where does this harmony come from? Philippians 2; John 17. Why are man-made attempts for harmony (in the church) most likely to fail? What is the solid ground for building harmony?

4. Homothumadon is a Greek word that means “with one accord.” How do Christians united in mind and action present a powerful voice for good?

5. Paul quotes four Old Testament passages that show the Gentiles will also join in praising the God of Israel. They come from 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49; Deuteronomy 32:43; Psalm 117:1; and Isaiah 11:1, 10. How do these passages affirm God’s grace for the Gentiles, even in the Old Testament times? Why would they glorify God? (Rom. 15:8-9)

6. How does God’s faithfulness to promises create endurance and hope?

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