120520 Matthew 5:14-16

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:14 – 16

Sermon Theme: "Let Your Light Shine!”

14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Perhaps you heard the news this past week that after not having the full event last year, that once again this year, the Green Bay Packers are going to hold their regular “Family Fun Night”. For those who don’t know, it is a chance for fans to go Lambeau Field and watch the Green Packers scrimmage one another. If you were to go, I am sure that as you would look around the stadium that night you would see a lot of people wearing green and gold. I am sure that a person NOT wearing green and gold (let’s say they were wearing the colors of the purple and white colors of the Minnesota Vikings) would stick out from the crowd. Today in our worship services, we are talking about how you and I as Christians are to “stick out” from the rest of the crowd of the sinful world. As you and I grow in Christ, as we grow in our knowledge of him and all he was willing to do and continues to do for us, as we grow in our faith in Jesus as our Savior, you and I are empowered and motivated to “Let Your Light Shine!”

Read more: 120520 Matthew 5:14-16

120513 John 15:9-17

Sermon Text: John 15:9 – 17

Theme: Rejoice that Jesus Calls You His Friend!

1. A Friend Who is Loved

2. A Friend Who is Loving

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”


Read more: 120513 John 15:9-17

120506 John 10:27-28

Sermon Text: John 10:27 – 28

Sermon Theme: Listen to the Voice of the Good Shepherd

Today is a special day for us here at St. Matthew’s. It is an opportunity for you 17 young people to confess your God-given faith in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and to make your promise to remain faithful to the true God throughout your life.

Last Sunday, not only did you have the opportunity to share your faith in Jesus as your Savior, as well as your knowledge of his Word, in the calendar of the Christian Church, we also celebrated “Good Shepherd Sunday”. It is a Sunday set aside in our Church Year to remind ourselves of the beautiful picture that Jesus, the loving Good Shepherd, is watching over his sheep. Jesus, the loving Good Shepherd, is watching over you and me. So on this day, as we celebrate your Confirmation, we want to focus once again on that picture of Jesus as our Good Shepherd. As we gather around the Word of God, you and I Listen to the Voice of the Good Shepherd! Listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd as he speaks to us in verse 27 and 28 of John chapter 10:

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

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120422 Luke 24:36-39

Sermon Text: Luke 24:36 – 49

Sermon Theme: Listen As Our Risen Savior Gives You a Post-Easter Pep Talk!

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. 44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 

After a team has been completely defeated by their opponent, they come off the field or the court needing a pep talk. They are feeling down because of the defeat, and they are looking to their coach for some encouragement. Perhaps a coach in that situation, looking for just the right words to say in his post-game pep talk, might borrow some statements from Green Bay Packers Coach, Vince Lombardi. To encourage his team after a crushing defeat, a coach might tell his players, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Or, “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” To encourage his team to continue practicing hard, a coach might tell his team in the words of Coach Lombardi, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” It is already two weeks ago that we celebrated Easter. Remember the joy you had Easter Morning? Remember the Good News we heard that our Savior’s tomb is empty. Remember the music and the singing? But, have you lost the excitement of Easter Morning? Has the busyness of your day-to-day life robbed you of the joy you felt on Easter? Today from God’s Word, Listen As Our Risen Savior Gives You a Post-Easter Pep Talk!

Read more: 120422 Luke 24:36-39

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