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Sermon: The “Right” Stuff: John and Jesus [Short version]
Text: Matthew 21:23-27
Focus: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus.
Function: That they would rejoice in and submit to Christ’s gracious authority in their lives.
Sermon: The Church Is Good
Text: Matthew 16:13-20
Focus: Jesus promises that he will build his Church.
Function: That they would not be afraid of the Church’s future.
How could Jesus pray for his enemies as he died on the cross at their hand?
Sermon: A Different Kind of Glory
Text: Matthew 17:1-9
Focus: Jesus is the beloved Son of God.
Function: That they would listen to Jesus’ Word and believe him.
Sermon: Nothing but Christ Crucified
Text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20
Focus: The Christian preacher must give people Jesus crucified and risen for them.
Function: That they would believe in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus.
Sermon: The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Text: Luke 2:22-40
Focus: God drew near to us in the flesh of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
Function: That they would shine the light of Christ in Castle Rock.
Sermon: Jesus Stands with Sinners
Texts: Matthew 3:13-17; Romans 6:1-11
Focus: Christ stands with sinners at his Baptism—and on the cross.
Function: That they would marvel at the astounding miracle of Christ’s baptism.
Sermon: The Boy Jesus
Text: Luke 2:40-52
Focus: Jesus submitted to his earthly parents even though he is the Son of God.
Function: That they would honor their fathers, mothers, and other authorities.