Second Sunday of End Time
November 11, 2018
Christ Made a Once-and-for-All Sacrifice!
1) He put away sin once and for all!
a. Do you take sin seriously?
b. The Old Covenant showed sin is real.
c. Christ died once for all for the world's sin
* Is there truth about sin? Absolutely! Is there truth about God's love and forgiveness? Absolutely! Christ's sacrifice ensures it!
2) He opened heaven once and for all!
a. What if we had to face God's judgment on our own?
b. Christ died and rose to open heaven for us.
* Jesus alone is the Way through life to heaven's eternal joy.
First Sunday of End Time
November 4, 2018
Participate in the On-going Reformation
1) Proclaim the Everlasting gospel
a. The Christians were facing persecution.
b. The Lord Jesus sends messengers to proclaim the gospel.
* In Luther's day the enemies of the Church threatened the gospel, but the Lord used him to keep the gospel message going out into all the world. Now He uses us!
2) Fear God and Give Him the Glory.
a. We give God alone glory and worship as our Savior.
b. False teachers bring glory to themselves.
* Give God the glory as you put Him first in every phase of your life.
The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
October 28, 2018
Jesus Provides All our Needs
1) No human effort can provide our needs.
a. The Hebrew Christians trusted Jesus for their needs.
b. They were tempted to return to the High Priest.
* In the difficulties of our modern Christian life, are you tempted to forsake Jesus and seek someone else for your needs?
2) Jesus alone can provide all our needs.
a. He is the eternal Son of God.
b. He knows our needs, for as true man He suffered.
c. He is the source of eternal salvation.
* God has given us our lifetime to live according to His will. Does the way you invest your time show your priorities are for Jesus?
22th Sunday after Pentecost
October 21, 2018
There is Rest for the Weary
1) Not through unbelief.
a. God gave Israel rest in the Promised Land.
b. Real rest is in Jesus.
* We can't find rest in anyone or anything except Jesus. Don't lose that rest by not believing!
2) Through faith in Jesus our High Priest.
a. Jesus opened the door to spiritual rest.
b. Jesus opened the door to heavenly rest.
* Jesus opened the door to heavenly rest as we live in a world of temptation and hurt, He understands. In Him we have grace to help in every need!
21th Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2018
Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus
1) He is faithful.
a. Jesus faithfully fulfilled His mission, sent by God to save us.
b. Though we are often unfaithful, through Jesus we're God's holy children because Jesus is faithful.
2) He is worthy of our honour.
a. The Jews honoured Moses.
b. Jesus deserves greater honour as the builder of everything.
3) He fulfills all God's promises to give us eternal life.
a. Moses faithfully testified of Jesus.
b. Jesus faithfully fulfills the promises to give us life.
* Since we have eternal life, we faithfully and generously share the financial gifts God has entrusted to us on our way to heaven!
October 7, 2018
Thank you, Lord, for Everything.
1)Thank you, Lord for your Son.
2) Thank you, Lord for the good.
3) Thank you, Lord, even for what seems bad.
The 19th Sunday after the Pentecost
September 30, 2018
In Humility – Let God be God!
1) Let God be God in your relationship wit Him.
a. Submit to God and resist the devil.
b. Come near to God through faith in Jesus.
c. Be pure in heart as you walk with Christ.
d. Grieve your sin – be comforted in Christ's forgiveness.
2) Let God be God in your relationships with others.
a. Don't presume to take God's place by judging others.
b. God, our Judge and Savior gives us the joy of fellowship in the body of Christ.
* Only he is great who is so small – that he is nothing, and Christ is all!
The 18th Sunday after Pentecost
September 23, 2018
What wisdom will you plant in your heart?
1) Plant earthly wisdom – and reap a harvest of sin.
a. Some teachers were planting earthly wisdom in James' day.
b. Heavenly wisdom reveals our sinful nature.
* It's hard to be humble if you think you're perfect in every way. This worldly wisdom planted in our hearts it will reap a harvest of sin.
2) Plant heavenly wisdom – and reap a harvest of righteousness.
a. Our gracious God has given us peace through Jesus.
b. Heavenly wisdom brings peace in our lives.
* When we sow heavenly wisdom, we'll reap a harvest of righteousness by faith and “right way” of living.
The 17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 16, 2018
James 2:1-5, 8-10, 14-18
Let Your Faith Show!
1) Let it show in acts of mercy.
a. We're saved by faith in Jesus alone.
b. Faith will show itself in acts of mercy.
* How many practical ways can you let your faith show by acts of mercy in the home, church and society?!
2) Let is show that it's alive.
a. Without works – faith is dead!
b. Claiming to have faith without works is useless.
* As we examine our lives we repent of our failures to help the truly needy or bring the gospel to all, regardless of social standing. It's God's business – it's our business!
The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 9, 2018
Listen to God's Word to Discover
1) What kind of person you were by nature.
a. We shall be blessed when we listen to discover (v. 25).
b. God's Word exposes what we were by nature.
* Jesus exposes the sin in our heart – Matthew 15:19
2) What kind of God you have.
a. God's Word reveals our Savior. Law=Torah=teaching (both Law and Gospel).
b. He gives us only what is good (v. 17).
c. He saves us (v. 21).
3) What kind of freedom Christ gives you.
a. Freedom from sin for service (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
b. We serve God by “doing” His Word (Luke 11:28).
c. We express our new life in Christ – being slow to speak; looking after; those in distress.
* Don't let your life be an “unfinished” sermon. Hear, believe, do God's Word.
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 2, 2018
Onward, Christian Soldiers!
1) Know your enemy.
a. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
b. We struggle against spiritual forces of evil.
* Satan is not just a medieval myth. He's a real spiritual ruler of evil, and we were born under his influence. Only Christ's power – the gospel – can give us the victory!
2) Put on the full armor of God.
a. Christ has already won the war.
b. Use His armor for battle.
* The question is not whether we will fight the battle or not. We're in it. Stand firm in God's power!
14th Sunday after Pentecost
August 26, 2018
Submit to One Another Out of Reverence for Christ
1) Christ Loved the Church – Revere Him!
a. Revere = “Fear” in terror for our sins and in awe for Christ's person and work to save us.
b. We lose that awe if we're proud or self-righteous.
c. We stand in awe when we believe in our Saviour.
* The Holy Spirit by giving us faith in Jesus changes us from proud and self-righteous to gracious and loving, willing to submit.
2) Out of Reverence for Christ, submit to one another.
a. Submit = yield your rights for the good of others.
b. Husbands and wives submit by fulfilling their roles.
i. The wife submits to her husband as her head as the Church submits to Christ as its head.
ii. The husband loves and sacrifices for his wife as Christ loved the Church.
* In a fallen world with fallen hearts we need Gods' grace to live for Him by submitting to one another. When we do, we are a blessing not only for our family, but for the entire Christian community!