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Mark 10:13-16
January 7th, 2018


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



Luke 1:67-80

December 31st 2017


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



2 Peter 1:19-21

December, 17th 2017


Intro –The Bible is God’s word to us and He wants us to know that it is reliable. Anytime we deal with the subject of prophecy we must do so in the context of 1Cor.13:8 and Rev.22:18.

I. Prophecies fulfilled prove the Bible to be God’s word. 19

A. Prophets had to be perfect in their predictions. Deut.18:20-22

B. Prophets had to agree with the word of God.  Deut.13:1-5

C. Separate yourselves from false prophets/teachers. 2Thess. 3:1-6, Rom.16:17-19, Mt.18:17, Eph.3:10

II. Prophecies are not one person’s interpretation.  20

A. We are not allowed to twist Scripture. 2 Tim.2:15, 2 Pet 3:16

B. We are not allowed to change scripture.  Rev.22:18-19

III. Fulfilled prophecy makes the word more sure.  21

A. It reveals Holy Spirit as the author of the Bible. Only He could have fulfilled them.

1. Bless the world through Jesus. Gen.12:3, Gal.3:16

2. Born through tribe of Judah. Gen.49:10, Heb.7:14

3. Lineage of David. 2Sam.7:12-13, Lk.1:31-33

4. Virgin birth & named Immanuel. Is.7:14, Mt.1:22-23

5. Born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Lk 2:4-6

6. Gifts given to Him. Is.60:6, Mt.2:11

7. Spirit of God upon Him. Is.11:2, Jn.1:32, Lk.4:18

B. God is still showing Who He is by what He does.  Prov.21:1

Con. God fulfills prophecy so we know that we  can trust God to keep His word. He has in the past and will in the present and future.



1Peter 1:10-13

December 24th, 2017


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


Micah 4:1-7

December 10th, 2017



Intro – Our text todays speaks of the Lord’s second coming and His thousand year reign on earth. Just as surely as His first coming happened so will His second.


I.  It will happen in the “last days”. vs 1

A. What are the last days? Mt.24:3ff, 2Tim.3:1-4, 7, 2Tim 4:3-4, 2Pet.3:3-4

B. The days of Israel’s regathering. Duet.30:3-5, Is.11:11-12, Rom.11:25-26

C. A time of the rebuilt temple and Jerusalem being the center of attention. Ezk.40, Ezk.38-39


II. It will be a time of world peace. Luke 1:79

A. Weapons of war changed into tools for peace. vs 3.

B. Peaceful living for everyone. vs 4.


III. It will take place literally.

A. People of all nations will come to Jerusalem to seek Christ’s will. vs 3.

B. He will rule over the world with the believers. vs 7, Rev.20:4


Con. – At His first coming He set up a spiritual kingdom and offered inner peace. At His second coming He will establish world peace. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is coming again. There truly will be Joy in the world.


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