February 11, 2018
2 Corinthians 3:7-4:6
Let Christ's Glory Shine through Your Faithful Witness!
1) We see Christ's glory clearly.
a. Sin plunged the world into darkness.
b. God revealed His glory through the Ten Commandments.
c. A veil covers the hearts of those who don't see the Savior.
d. By God's grace we see Jesus, the Light of the world.
* The gospel is our “mount of transfiguration.” By it the Holy Spirit shines into our hearts and transforms our lives.
2) We bring His glory to the world.
a. Jesus called Paul to bring His light to the world.
b. We too have the duty to bring His glory to the world today.
* You are the light of the world. Let your light shine!
5th Sunday after Epiphany
February 4, 2018
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
“How is the Preaching?”
1) The Apostle Paul was compelled to preach the gospel.
a. The Lord's call compelled him.
b. The Lord's love compelled him.
* Paul wasn't concerned about himself or his reputation, but about Jesus and His desire to save all. There's no length he didn't go to for the sake of the gospel.
2) We are compelled to “Preach” the gospel.
a. We're tempted to be complacent about the gospel.
b. Our risen Lord has commissioned us to make disciples of all nations.
c. We like Paul are compelled to “preach” the good news of Jesus.
* Use every opportunity to learn of Jesus and to connect others with Jesus' gospel. We can dispel the misconceptions others have about Christ and His Church when we make Jesus' love known as part of the on-going “Epiphany” of our Lord.
The 4th Sunday after Epiphany
January 28, 2018
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
“What Do You Know?”
1) You know that God knows you.
a. The Corinthians were letting their “knowledge” go to their heads.
b. God's love would lead them to use their knowledge properly.
c. Better than know about God is being known by God!
* When you know you cannot save yourself and Jesus has saved you, God knows you (John 10:26-27; Matthew 7:21-23; John 4:9-11).
2) You know how to love as God loves you.
a. The Corinthians forgot how to love in the matter of food.
b. The love of the triune God would lead them to love one another.
c. In love the “strong” would not harm the faith of the “weak.”
* For the sake of others we will set aside our liberty in matters not commanded or forbidden in the Bible.
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 21, 2018
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
How Will You Use Your Time in this World?
1) This present world is passing away.
a. The godless culture of Corinth lived only for this world.
b. The godless culture affected the Christians in Corinth.
c. But the time is short!
* Its easy to get absorbed by the things we need and want in this world. But it's perishing. Seek Christ's kingdom first!
2) Live by faith in Jesus, and you'll enjoy the world that lasts forever.
a. By faith we're members of Christ's eternal kingdom.
b. He strengthens and keeps us in faith by His Gospel.
c. By faith we use our earthly time for heavenly purposes.
* If you can't see the “why” of your life, you cannot live for the “what.” Through Jesus, you know the “why” and everything else in life falls into place.
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
January 14, 2018
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Are you Meant for Immorality – or Immortality?
1) If everything is permissible, we're meant for immorality.
a. The Corinthians worshipped through immorality.
b. Our culture worships immorality.
* When everything is permissible, is it any wonder people are unfulfilled or use other people?
2) Since Holy Spirit dwells in us we're meant for immortality
a. Our body will be raised in glory.
b. Our body is a member of Christ Himself.
c. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
* We are not our own. We are bought at the price of Christ's holy life and suffering and death. Honour God with your body!
January 7, 2018
"Seeing Is Believing - or Believing Is Seeing?"
1) If seeing is believing ...
a. What you see is what you get.
b. What you get won't last forever.
2) In Christ, believing is seeing ...
a. The mystery of salvation.
b. The mystery of living by faith.
The Sunday after Christmas
December 31, 2017
"Cherish God's Christmas Gifts to You!"
1) Clothe yourself with your Christmas clothes.
2) Let Christ's peace rule and His Word dwell in you.
Christmas Eve, 7:00 pm Service
December 24, 2017
"Celebrate the Best Christmas Ever!"
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 24, 2017
The Time Has Come to Reveal God's Mystery!
1) He revealed it through the scriptures.
a. The "mystery" of the Law reveals our sin.
b. The "mystery" of the gospel reveals our Savior.
* God revealed the mystery in prophecy, but many didn't see it with the eyes of faith. Do we appreciate the mystery revealed in sacred Scripture?
2) He reveals it in our lives.
a. The mystery revealed - God loves us always.
b. The mystery revealed - God will establish us in faith.
c. He will come in mercy as we greet Him in faith.
* One more mystery God reveals in you - your new life of faith!
The 3rd Sunday in Advent.
December 17, 2017
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
"Live as Children of Light - as You Walk toward Heaven's Light"
1) Live in joy, prayer, and thanksgiving.
2) Live in God's Word.
3) Live blameless through faith in Jesus.
The 2nd Sunday of Advent
December 10, 2017
Wait for the Lord!
1. Wait for the Lord's return with patient faith. Some scoff at Jesus' promise to come again. We know He is delaying so others can come to repentance. Don't procrastinate. Hear God's Word now in patient faith.
2. Wait for the Lord's promise of heaven.The created universe will be destroyed, and God will restore a new heaven and earth for His people. Let's go home!
3. Wait for the Lord with a life of hope and joy. By faith in Jesus we are "blameless." Live at peace with God. "Speed" the homecoming by sharing the gospel.
First Sunday in Advent
December 3, 2017
Celebrate the New Church Year!
1) Joyfully hear the Gospel of grace and peace.
a. Grace - God's unmerited love by which we are saved.
b. Peace - with God through the forgiveness of sins.
* Grace and peace are "Christmas Gifts" from the triune God. Joyfully hear this Gospel of grace and peace to receive your gift!
2) Faithfully use your God-given gifts.
a. We've been enriched in speaking and knowledge.
b. We've been blessed with gifts to serve.
* Explore your gifts. Experiment, and ask for confirmation of your gifts from a trusted Christian friend. Then use them to God's glory!
3) Confidently await Jesus' coming.
a. On that day everyone must acknowledge He is Lord.
b. By faith in Jesus we receive the gift of eternal salvation.
* We look forward to the Last Day like a royal wedding. Our Lord is faithful and will keep us strong to the end.
Last Sunday of End Time - Christ the King
November 26, 2017
Christ Is King!
1) Crucified in shame for us.
a. Humans are not "basically good" (Psalm 51:5; Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 7:18-19).
b. We all participated in crucifying the Son of God.
* Pagans mocked Christ crucified 2,000 years ago. Is it any different today? Do we "mock" him by not confessing or living for Him?
2) Crucified to win the kingdom for us.
a) Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2-3)
b) Jesus endured the cross to bring us into His kingdom.
* How will you respond when you are mocked for believing in Jesus? How will you respond when you see His kingdom advancing? In this world the kingdom is despised (Matthew 7:13-14; Matthew 24:12-14), but Christ is King (Luke 12:29-32)! Live, Serve, Love to extend His kingdom to others.
The Third Sunday of End Time -Saints Triumphant
November 19, 2017
ls It Too Late?
1) Too late now?
a) Too late to do what we've wanted/undo what we've done?
b) Too late to get ready to meet our Maker (Hebrews 9:27)?
2) lt's not yet too late!
a) Jesus' parable urges us to be prepared.
b) We're prepared when the Holy Spirit keeps the flame of faith alive by the gospel.
* Do you have oil in your lamp? Keep hearing God's Word and receiving His forgiveness in His Supper. It's not too late!
3) Soon it will be too latel
a) The end/our end may be nearer than we think.
b) To be ready for that day, be ready every day.
4) For some it will be too late forever!
a) Heaven's door will be closed at the end of time.
b) Each person must believe for himself.
* Spirit of God, give us love for Jesus, for His Word, and for others!
Second Sunday of End Time - Last Judgment
November 12, 2017
What Will Judgment Day Be Like? It will be...
1) A day of overwhelming joy for all who believe in Jesus.
a. The Judge - Jesus, the "Son of Man" (Daniel 7:13-14)
b. All will bow down before Jesus in His glory.
c. The Judge will divide humanity into two classes. There is no third class (Matthew 12:30).
d. Believers in Jesus inherit eternal life.
* We'll enter eternal joy! Jesus will commend the acts of love we did as evidence of our faith.
2) A day of indescribable sorrow for all who do not believe.
a. The Judge will condem, "Depart from me."
b. We can't imagine the terror of all who are lost forever!
* Since Christ's judgment is true, witness to those who do not yet believe. Continue in the Word and Sacraments to remain in faith. And when you are weary - think of the joy and love that awaits when your Savior welcomes you!
First Sunday of End Time - Reformation Sunday
November 5, 2017
"What ls the Cost of Continuing Christ's Reformation Mission?''
1) On His mission Christ won the victory.
a. Christ came from heaven of a mission to rescue us.
b. Christ's death and resurrection give us life.
* By faith alone in Jesus do we rejoice in God's forgiveness and stand righteous before God.
2) On our mission Christ sends us to proclaim His victory.
a. Jesus sends us out like sheep among wolves.
b. Jesus instructs us to be shrewd and innocent.
* Jesus promises that all who stand firm in faith to the end will be saved! In this faith we can live and die knowing, "The kingdom's ours forever!"