CONFIRMATION

1Cor.1:4-9

August 2nd, 2020

 

Intro – What is a confirmation service in the Lutheran church? What is its purpose?

I. It is to confirm one’s faith.  (6)

A. I have accepted Christ.  Jn.1:12

B. I have asked Him to forgive my sin. 1John 1:9

C. I believe He is my Savior.   Rom.10:13, 1Peter 3:15

II. It is a promise to serve the Lord.  (7)   Joshua 24:15

A. To be active in the church.  1Cor.12:7

B. To be an example for Christ. Matt.5:16, Gal.2:20

III. It is a statement of trust.  (8-9)

A. You believe His promises.  Acts 16:31

1. That you are forgiven, blameless in Christ.  2Cor.5:21

2. That He has called you to serve Him.  1Peter 2:9

B. You believe He is coming again for you.  1Thess.4:16-17

Con. – True confirmation is when you affirm your trust in a faithful God.

 

OUR SINFUL CONDITION

Romans 3:9-20

July 12th 2020

 

Intro- Sometimes the bible is really hard on our pride. Our text today reminds us of our sinful condition.

 

I. There is none righteous.  10,13-18

A. We are born sinful. Rom.5:12

B. We continue to sin. Ps.53:1-3, 1Jn.1:8

1. Deception – Jn.8:44

2. Bitterness – Heb.12:15

3. Destruction vs build up. Jer.23:1, Jn.10:10, Rom.15:2, 1Thes 5:11, Rom.14:19

4. Violence vs peace –  Prov. 3:31, Ps.11:5, Heb.12:14, Jn.14:27

 

II. Jesus came to us.  11-12

A. He sought us before we sought Him. Is.53:6

B. He calls us to repentance and faith. Jn.6:44

C. He wants to change us. Mt.6:33, 2Cor.5:14-17

 

III. God will hold us accountable for the decisions we make. 19-20

A. God’s word tells us what we need to know. Rom.3:23

B. The question is how do you respond? Rom.3:28, Acts 16:30-31

 

Con. Your response will determine where you spend eternity.

 

 

A GREAT NATION

 

Deut.4:5-10

 

June 28th 2020

 

 Intro – As we celebrate the birth of our nation it is important to remember some of the things that make us a great nation.

 

 I. A great nation keeps God’s law.

 

A. God has given us rules to life by, rules that give us an orderly life.

 

B. Jesus taught us how to deal with racial differences.  Jn.4:9, Luke 10:30-37

 

C. Jesus taught us how to treat others. Matt.7:12

 

D. Jesus taught us to respect all life. Lk.18:16, Gal.3:28

 

 II. A great nation prays.

 

A. Jesus taught us to pray and always seek God’s will.  Mt.6:10

 

B. Jesus taught us to forgive and pray for others. Mt.5:44, Mt.6:15

 

 III. A great nation teaches history to its children.

 

A. Children need to be taught right from wrong. Prov.22:6

 

B. History is a tool to teach.

 

1. To destroy history is to limit a child’s understanding. Deut. 32:7

 

2. To destroy history is to forget what God has accomplished through imperfect people. Heb.4:11, 1Cor.10:11

 

 Con. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. 

 

When we celebrate the 4th we don’t celebrate slavery but that we ended slavery.
When we celebrate the 4th we don’t celebrate WWI or WWII but that we ended those wars.
When we celebrate the 4th we celebrate that a country of free people living together in peace is, is the greatest power on earth.
America is a great country but we must be diligent to keep it that way. We must be one united nation under God’s authority.
If we continue to give into the actions of BLM this may be the last 4th of July we get to celebrate.

 

MORAL POLLUTION

Jeremiah 16:12-18

July 5th 2020

Intro – America needs spiritual revival. It starts with you standing up for what is right and condemning what is evil. If you are a Christian you should not take part in sinful behavior or support those who do.

I. They would not listen to God.  12-13

A. God had blessed their fathers. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Gen.12:2

B. They did not listen to the God of their fathers.  Quotes

C. Those who have forsaken God now judge others. (12)

II. God punished them for not listening.  14-16

A. The whole nation became guilty. Eze.3:19

B. They were banished to another country, controlled by the ungodly.

1. Lost their freedom.

2. Believers given hope.  (15)  Luke 21:28

III. God sees everything.

A. Sin doesn’t go unnoticed by God. Rev.20:12

B. God tells us what is an abomination to Him.

1. Homosexualism – Lev.18:22, 1Kings 14:24

2. Abortion – Deut.12:31, Eze.23:39, Amos 1:13

3. Immorality – Asherim – 1Kings 14:15

4. Occult – Deut.18:10-12

5. Idols – Deut. 27:15

6. Strife – Prov.16:16-19

Con. We need to stand up to those who do evil and support those who do good. If God punished His chosen people for their immorality what will He do with America?

 

THEY KNOW BETTER
Romans 1:18-25
June 21st, 2020

 

Intro – Those whom God will punish will be those who knew the truth but rejected it. In other words they     rejected Jesus Christ. No one will go to hell because they never knew about Jesus or never had a chance to repent.  2Thess.2:10-12, Matt.24:14

 

I. They knew about God.

 

            A. God revealed it through preaching and creation. 1Cor.1:23, Acts 4:2, 1Cor.15:36-37, Col.1:23

 

            B. They chose to reject what they knew to be true.  Jn.10:38, Jn.14:11

 

            C. They ignored and hid the truth. Rom.1:32

 

II. They will be without excuse.

 

            A. They chose to follow false teachings.  Jn.3:19-20, Prov.2:13

 

            B. They chose not to honor God. (21)  Ps.4:2, Rom.13:7, 2Pet.1:17

 

III. They became foolish. (22)  Ps.53:1

 

            A. Their hearts “thinking” was darkened. Eph.4:18, Rom.1:28

 

            B.  They worshiped false gods. (23)

 

                        1. They look to the stars for guidance. Amos 5:8 Astrology, horoscopes, signs

 

                        2. They worship man’s wisdom.  Scientist can’t be wrong? Age of earth, evolution. Gen.1:24

 

            C.  Immorality became a way of life for them. (24)

 

            D. They believed the lie. Gen.3:4

 

Con. – Are you following God’s truth or the lies of Satan?  Rom.12:1-2

 

 

 

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