John 1:29-34

February 11, 2018


Intro – Jesus has many names that He goes by, one of them is the Lamb. It is maybe one of the more significant names because it entails so many biblical truths.

I. The Lamb has power to take away sin. (29)

A. In the OT the lamb was used as an offering.

1. Our first hint of God’s Lamb is in Gen.22:8

2. The Passover lamb had to be perfect.  Ex.12:5, 7, 13

3. The lamb was also used for atonement. Lev.4:35

B. In the OT these offerings had to be repeated.  Heb.7:27, Heb.9:7

C. Christ is the perfect Lamb of God that Abraham spoke of.

1. He alone has the power to remove sin.  Acts 3:18-19, Acts 4:12, Heb.9:14, 24-26, 1Jn.1:7

2. He gives a permanent forgiveness.  Heb.10:10, Rom.5:1, Rom.8:1

II. The Lamb has the power to give eternal life. 30-33

A. Because He is eternal. Jn.8:58, Col.1:16-17

B. He alone has the power to give eternal life. JN.1:4, 12, Jn.11:25, Rom.6:22-23, Jn.14:6, 1Jn.5:12

III. The Lamb has power to judge. (34)

A. Because He is God. Mt.1:23, Acts 17:30-31

B. In the end He will judge. Rev.5:6-9, Rev.6:16, Rev.20:12

Con. – Considering all His power, it’s good to know Him as the Lamb “who takes away the sin of the world”.   It’s the reason He came into the world. Matt.1:21



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


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



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


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