161009 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Sermon Theme: Rely on God!

I want to begin today by having you think of the person you most rely on. Who came to mind for you? Your spouse? Your parents or other family member? Maybe a close friend or someone at work or school? We all have those folks that we rely on. But, even the most reliable person may let us down from time to time. From God's Word before us today, you and I are reminded that we have One who is ALWAYS by our side and will NEVER let us down. The encouragement that you and I received today is to RELY ON GOD!

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161002 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Text: 2 Timothy 1:3-7
Theme: Keep The Flame Of Faith Burning Brightly

Paul was in prison again, but this time he was not expecting to be released. Over thirty years had passed since tongues of fire had come to rest on the disciples' heads, and from the day of Pentecost on they had been faithful to their Lord. They proclaimed the good news about Jesus. They carried the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and Paul had taken it from there to the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire.

But things were different now. The Christians weren't just being harassed. They were being persecuted and even executed. Many of Paul's congregations were struggling. Many of Paul's companions had abandoned him. And he knew that his end was near.

So was Paul pessimistic? When he wrote to Timothy, did he say: "You know, Timothy, we had a good run, but all good things come to an end?" Did he entertain the thought that when he died the light of the gospel would die out with him?

Not at all! In spite of his situation, in spite of his circumstances, Paul was optimistic. He was even more than optimistic. He was grateful. He gave thanks to God for his co-worker and close friend Timothy. And in his last will and testament (as 2 Timothy is sometimes called) Paul passed on the torch to his son in the faith.

Two thousand years have passed since Paul wrote this little letter, but the apostle's words are just as relevant and just as important today. The torch has been passed again, and it is in our hands. And as we give thanks for the gift of God's grace, our gracious God gives us this charge...


I. The faith that has been passed down to us
II. The faith that we are to pass on to others

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160925 Luke 16:19-31

Sermon Text: Luke 16:19 – 31

Sermon Theme: Are You Rich or Poor?

Do you consider yourself a rich person or a poor person? Recently, I read that the average yearly wage in the United States is almost $60,000. This compares to an average yearly wage of just $15,000 in Mexico. Yes, when compared to the rest of the world, you and I do enjoy great financial blessings from our Lord as citizens of our country. But today we want to take some time to review our spiritual wealth. As you personally consider your relationship with your Lord and Savior, are you rich or poor?

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160918 Amos 8:4-7

Text: Amos 8:4-7

Theme: The LORD Will Never Forget!

Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?"-- skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat. The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done."

Do the words that I just read for you bring you fear or comfort? When we think about the fact that the Lord never forgets and that he demands perfection of us, but sees how time after time we fail to live perfect lives, we have fear. We will have fear as we hear the Lord tell us that all of those sins that he has seen have earned for us eternal damnation to hell. But for us as Christians, there is also a great amount of comfort knowing who it is that says he will never forget. It is the LORD. The loving, compassionate and merciful LORD will never forget what Jesus accomplished while here on this earth. You and I enjoy comfort knowing that our gracious LORD will never forget the forgiveness of all our sins through the blood of our Savior. You and I are able to have comfort as we go about our day-to-day personal lives, as we carry out our congregation's ministry, knowing that the Lord will never forget about us, but that he is watching over us day after day. The readings from God's Word before us this weekend are giving us an opportunity to consider our stewardship, our management, of all the gifts the Lord gives to us. As you use the gifts that the Lord has given to you, remember that the Lord will never forget.

Read more: 160918 Amos 8:4-7

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Compelled by the love of Christ, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School seek to reach out to our families, community and world, using Law and Gospel to make disciples, growing and nurturing them in their Christian faith and life.


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