A sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60; Psalm 146:1–10; 1 Peter 2:2–10; John 14:1–14

A sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – “Is that the way you were raised?” parents sometimes wonder aloud. We too, as children of God, are being raised in a very specific way. We are to grow up into the salvation God has given, “work[ing] out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). The Catechism says it a little differently: that we are to “fear, love, and trust God above all ...

A sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

A sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – How do sheep hear the voice of their shepherd? Likely not by constant bleating. Rather, they keep an ear toward the shepherd. Otherwise, they wander off into trouble. Moreover, without an ear to the shepherd, they will miss a meal. It is the shepherd who calls the sheep to good grazing spots and fresh water. He who thirsted, Gregory of Nazianzus said, exclaimed to the world, “Whoever ...

A sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-14; 1 Peter 1:17-25; Luke 24:13-35

A sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter – Because God is gracious and merciful, he extends forgiveness and the gift of his Spirit to all, throughout the generations. He delivers our souls from sin and death, so that we may walk with him as Adam did, in the land of the living. He accomplishes this by putting to death our old nature through baptism, a burial of the sinner into the death of Christ. In the process, he gives dead ...

A sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter

Scripture Text: Acts 5:29-42; Psalm 148; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

A sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter – Watching basketball on television, one will sometimes hear the commentator say that one team has imposed their will on the game, that they will not be defeated. Sometimes it seems that the devil is winning, or that our sins are so great that salvation is uncertain. But the devil cannot frustrate God’s will—nor can we. Even our sin does not overpower the All Powerful. Look to ...

A sermon for Easter Sunday

Scripture Text: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 16; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10

A sermon for Easter Sunday – This is why Jesus was born, lived, suffered, and died: so that “the Lord of all” would be the good news of salvation to “everyone who believes in him,” thereby receiving “forgiveness of sins through his name.” Indeed, there is no good apart from him. So we must always set Christ before us, seeking heavenly things—that is, seeking Christ himself who sits at the ...

Palm Sunday

A sermon for Palm Sunday – As I type this, it is a beautiful, sunny day here in North Carolina. But this is not the sort of day the psalmist had in mind when he composed, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." He was speaking of the day of righteousness that the Lord made through his Christ, by which we are afforded salvation and eternal life. 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

A sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent – A valley of long-dead bones is revivified. A dead man is raised from the grave. And we too, who were dead in our sins, dead men walking in this flesh, are raised to new life in Christ.

Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture Text: Genesis 12:1–9; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1–17; John 3:1–17

A sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent – Maybe God has called you to another city, another job, another church or family. He does so with divine purpose for your life. For when God calls us, he is calling us to himself. When we go where God has called, we find he is there with us.

First Sunday in Lent

Scripture Text: Genesis 3:1-21; Psalm 32:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

A sermon for the First Sunday in Lent – God created a way to cover the sin of Adam and Eve. He has also made a way to cover our sins. This sermon considers what it is that makes people happy, and how God has provided the way to this utmost contentment.

Ash Wednesday 2020

Scripture Text: Joel 2:12-19; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

A sermon for Ash Wednesday – How can we prepare for the Easter celebration of Christ's resurrection? This sermon speaks to the whys, whats, and hows of the church season of sacrifice we call Lent.

Transfiguration of Our Lord

Scripture Text: Exodus 24:8–18; Psalm 2:6–12; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9

A sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord – Some of Jesus' disciples beheld him in glory and wondered what works they should do in response. We wonder much the same. And what are we to do but follow Jesus down the mountain into the valley of the world? 

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