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CHANGED LIVES

Isaiah 55:10-13

February 4th 2018

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Intro – In our text today the Lord used an example in nature to teach us spiritual truth.

I. His word is like the Hydrological cycle.

A. This is a perfect example of God’s knowledge vs man.

1. Science “discovered” the Hydrological cycle in the 1600’s.

2. Isaiah writes about it 2000 years before it is discovered.

B. God says this is also how His word works.  Ps.119:105, Mt.5:45, 2Pet.3:9

II. His word will accomplish what He wants.

A. Here are a few of the things it does.

1. Reveals hardened hearts. Jer.23:29, Acts 13:46

2. Reveals bitterness. James 3:14

3. Reveals a rebellious spirit. Jn.12:48

4. Convicts of sin. Heb.4:12

5. Enlightens 2Tim.3:15

6. Produces spiritual fruit. Lk.8:15

7. Saves. Rom.1:16, 1Cor.1:18           

B. So always plant the word of God in hearts. 1Cor.15:58

III. The word brings about change.

A. We will think differently. 2Cor.5:17-18

B. When you receive Christ and His word many things change.

1. You are filled with confidence and praise. Ps.56:4

2. You have reverence for the things of God. Ps.119:38

3. Christ like character. Ps.119:11

4. You have hope. Ps.119:49, Jn.14:3

5. Hope that brings joy, peace and comfort. Rom.15:13

Con. – The question is, have you opened your heart to the good news of God’s word. Jn.5:24

 

PARTICIPATION

Matthew 25:14-30

January 28th, 2018

 

Intro – God expects all members to participate in some way in order to benefit the whole church. Every part of the body is necessary for the body to function properly. Our text makes it clear how the Lord feels about non-participation. Don’t be the one doing nothing!

I. All believers have been given ability from God.  14-15

A. Jesus is the One who has gone on a long journey. Acts 1:9

B. Jesus is the One who has entrusted you with your ability. Acts 1:8, 1Cor.12:11

 

II. All believers are responsible for what they do with their ability. 16-18

A. Each of us should be doing something. Ps.103:14, Phil.4:13,

B. The purpose is to benefit the body of Christ, your church. 1Cor.12:18, 27  

 

III. All of us will be held accountable. 19-30

A. Christ will come again and grade your service. 1Cor.3:13, Matt.25:34-35, 41-42

B. Do something to reveal you love the Lord.  James 2:26, James 4:17

Con. How will you participate in the work of the Lord? How will you show that you love Jesus?  We are saved by grace not works but if you are saved it should show in what you do. Eph.2:8-10

 

HE HAS VISITED US

Luke 1:67-80

December 31st 2017

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Intro- Zacharias prophesied about what God would do through Jesus.

I. Bring redemption. (67-68) Luke 2:38

A. Redeem = to make acceptable in spite of negative qualities.

B. We are redeemed back into fellowship with God. Heb.9:12

C. Redemption means bought back. Heb.9:15, Rom.8:3-4

1. The price paid was death. Rom.6:23, 1Pet.1:18-19, Rev.5:9

2. The death of a perfect man. Lev.9:2-3, Heb.9:14, 2Cor.5:21, 1Pet.2:22, 1Jn.3:5

II. Give Salvation. (69-75)

A. From our enemies.

1. Satan – 1Peter 5:8, James 4:7, 2Cor.11:14

2. The world – 1Jn.2:15-17

3. Ourselves – Acts 28:24-27, Jn.5:39-40, Luke 18:13-14, Acts 26:28

B. From an eternity in hell. Mt.7:13, Rev.20:10, Rev.21:8, Lk.12:5

III. Enlighten us. (79)

A. He helps us understand what it means to be saved. Jn.12:35-36, Jn.1:12

B. He guides us in the way that leads to peace.  Lk.2:25-32

Con. – The Visitor has come (Christmas). The question is, have you listened to Him. Titus 2:11-15

 

 DO NOT HINDER THEM
Mark 10:13-16
January 7th, 2018

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Intro – Babies can be a lot of work! You have to do everything for them. Jesus used this encounter with the children and babies to teach His disciples something.

I. Why would parents bring their babies to Jesus?

A. They had to,  these children were not old enough to walk.     Luke 18:15

B.  They had witnessed what Jesus could do.                Matt.9:5, Matt.11:25-28

C. They wanted to obey His command to bring the children to him. Matt.18:1-6, 10-11, Mt.28:19

D. They wanted their children to have what Jesus offered – Salvation! Acts 16:15, 33, Acts 2:38,                                                                                                                                                          Lk.19:10

II. The parents of Jesus had obeyed God’s command to bring the children to Him.

A. They had followed the OT command.           Gen.17:7,10,12,  Luke 2:21-22

B. Now instead of circumcision baptism is the sign of the new covenant. Col.2:11-12

 

III. Jesus works in the lives of children.

A. Example of John the Baptist.                        Lk.1:44, 15

B. Heaven is for babies as well as adults, but all must come by faith. Mt.19:14-15, Heb.11:6

 

Con. As Lutherans we do bring our babies to the Lord so He can bless them with forgiveness and salvation.

But we also know that for that relationship to last they must confirm that they have accepted Christ. Rom.10:9

 

TRUSTING HIS GRACE

1Peter 1:10-13

December 24th, 2017

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Intro – the fact that a Savior was going to come was something the OT believers knew well.

I. It was well prophesied.

A. His birth. Is.7:14, Is.9:6, Micah 5:2

B. His suffering. Is.53:4-5

C. His glorification. Zech.14:4, 16

D. Jesus knew the OT prophets prophesied about Him.. Lk.24:25-27, 44

II. The prophets knew the Savior would not come during their time.

A. Daniel – Dan.12:8-9

B. Abraham – Gen.22:18

C. Isaiah – Is.2:2-3

D. Jesus reminds the people of that truth. Matt.13:17

III. It was for our time that the covenant of grace was given. Jn.1:17

A. The law was for the Jews but grace is for everyone. Acts 28:28, Eph.3:6

B. The good news of Christmas is that His grace is offered to all. Lk.2:11, Acts 10:43, Acts 4:12,

1. So prepare for action. Rom.1:16, 1Pet.3:15

2. Be sober in spirit = be calm, level headed. Act on facts not emotions. 1Pet.4:7, 1Pet.5:8

C. Therefore we should trust completely in the finished work of Christ for our salvation. Jn.19:28,30

Con. – Live like you believe the promises and that you believe Jesus is coming again soon

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