God speaks to us a Word of Law that convicts us of our sins and a Word of Gospel that gives us joyful forgiveness in Jesus’ name.
Sermon: In the Beginning
Text: John 1:1-14
Focus: Jesus is the eternal Word made flesh.
Function: That they would marvel at the miracle of the Incarnation.
Some of the things Jesus says are hard to understand or even downright offensive–like when he says that we should eat his flesh and drink his blood. Jesus is not encouraging vampirism or cannibalism, of course, so what in the world is he talking about?
Is Jesus the Lord of YOUR Sabbath?
Abide in Jesus through his Word and Sacraments to have his life in you.
Sermon: The Parable of the Sower
Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Focus: The Lord Jesus graciously sows his Word
Function: That they would hear, understand, and believe the Word of God.
Sermon: Breaking Bread
Text: Luke 24:13-35
Focus Statement: Jesus reveals himself in the Word and bread.
Function Statement: That they would recognize Jesus’ Real Presence in the Lord’s Supper.
Sermon: Upon the Mouth of Yahweh
Texts: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:1-9
Focus: When we grumble against the preaching of God’s Word, we reject God himself.
Function: That they would believe and obey the Word of God their pastor preaches and teaches.
Sermon: Wrapped in Flesh
Text: John 1:1-18
Focus: God sent his Son wrapped in human flesh to redeem and exalt our humanity.
Function: That they would believe and receive God’s wonderful Christmas gift by faith.
Sermon: The Holy Spirit Helps Me Remember
Texts: John 14:22-31
Focus: The Holy Spirit reminds us of the things that Jesus said.
Function: That they would joyfully hear, believe, and obey God’s Word instead of resorting to enthusiasm or antinomianism.