Sermon: From the Heart
Text: Matthew 18:21-35
Focus: God forgives our sin debt freely and fully without any merit or worthiness in me.
Function: That they would sincerely forgive others for their sins against them.
Sermon: Trying to Forgive
Text: Romans 12:9-20
Focus: Jesus died for us and forgave us even though we don’t deserve it.
Function: That they would love and pray for those who wrong them.
Sermon: The Word and the Wonder: God’s Word for Mary
Text: Luke 1:26-38
Focus: Nothing is impossible for God.
Function: That they would dream big and pray big because God can do all things.
Sermon: Chief of Sinners
Text: 1 Timothy 1:5-17
Focus: God does not qualify the called; he qualifies the ones he calls.
Function: That they would rejoice and give thanks for God’s gracious call on their lives.
Text: Luke 13:22-30
Focus: God desires all people to be saved, but only those who believe in Christ will be saved.
Function: That by God’s grace they would believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.
Structure: Paradox Maintained
Text: Galatians 1:11-24
Focus: God calls us by his grace.
Function: That they would tell others the Good News of what Jesus has done for them.
Jesus doesn’t believe in karma. He believes in grace! And he gives us grace by his death on the cross.
Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” That’s what the rich, young man asks Jesus in our Gospel lesson today: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17, ESV). His question is […]