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.
Sermon: What Child Is This? (Who Is Jesus?)
Texts: John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-6
Focus: God became a human being to save us from our sins.
Function: That they would believe and receive God’s gift of Jesus and so be saved.
Sermon: The King Is Born!
Texts: Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20
Focus: The King of kings was born to die for us.
Function: That they would believe and trust in the miracle of Christ’s birth.
Sermon: Not a Reed
Text: Matthew 11:2-15
Focus: Jesus reassures by his Word that the kingdom of God is coming.
Function: That they would not be discouraged in a fallen, broken world full of persecution.
Sermon: Not a King Like the Nations’
Texts: 1 Samuel 8:1-18; Psalm 146; Romans 13:1-7; Luke 22:24-30
Focus: Jesus Christ is the humble king of mercy.
Function: That they would not seek their own power or glory.