140622 Psalm 78:1-4

Text: Psalm 78:1-4
Theme: Tell the Next Generation!

1 O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old-- 3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Imagine for a moment that everyone here this morning has become infected with a deadly disease. There is a cure which is in this bottle that I have up here with me. I pass the bottle down. It goes from pew to pew, from one person to the next. But one person is careless and spills the cure all over the floor. This means that everyone else in the Church dies without the cure. There is a deadly disease inside the hearts of every person. There is a deadly disease that is inside you and me. The disease is sin. By God's grace, you and I know the cure for the deadly disease of sin. By God's grace, you and I know the Good News of peace and joy from a loving and forgiving Savior. And you and I don't want to keep the message of Jesus to ourselves. Rather, we want to share God's Word with others. Today from Psalm 78 you and I hear the special encouragement to share that Word of God with our children and grandchildren. Today, the Lord of the Church comes to you and me and says, TELL THE NEXT GENERATION.

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140615 2 Corinthians 13:14

Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 13:14

Sermon Theme: Who is the One True God?

There are certain Biblical teachings and concepts that are difficult for you and me to understand fully. For example, in our First Lesson for this morning we read how the almighty God created all things. While you and I know it is true because our God tells us it is true, are you and able to understand in our minds how the Lord God simply spoke and made all things in just six days? What about the events of Judgment Day as they are reported in the Bible? God's Word tells you and me that all people who ever lived or are living will appear before the Lord Jesus and be judged. How about eternal life? Can you fully understand what it means that you will live forever? This morning, we can add to this list of teachings which are difficult for us to understand, the teaching of the Trinity. The "classic" definition for the word "Trinity" or "Triune" is "three-in-one". The Bible clearly teaches us that there are three separate persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet only one God. Diagrams, pictures and other descriptions all fall short of clearly expressing what the Bible teaches about the Triune God. So, rather than looking to any human resource to help us, we will turn to the Word of God before us to answer the question: "Who is the One True God?" I invite you to hear again one verse from the Second Lesson that was just read a few moments ago. From Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians we receive this blessing in verse 14:

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

This is the Word of the Lord.

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140608 Acts 2:1-21

Text: Acts 2:1-21
Theme: We Believe In The Holy Spirit

Have you ever swallowed a pill and wondered ten minutes later if you had already taken your medication? Have you ever daydreamed as you drove along a country road and had to ask yourself if you sailed through the stop sign barely visible in the rearview mirror? Have you ever wanted to ask someone a question and later were not sure if you ever verbalized the thoughts in your head?

Sometimes our bodies work amazingly well on auto-pilot. Sometimes our minds are so conditioned that we are able to perform certain tasks without thinking. But this is not necessarily a good thing. Unasked questions can lead to miscommunication. Ignored stop signs can lead to tragic accidents.

This is also a real danger when it comes to worship. There are some parts of a service that change little from Sunday to Sunday. The songs may be different, but we still sing hymns. The wording may change, but we still confess our sins.

On Communion Sundays (like today) we confess our faith using the words of the Nicene Creed. Depending on your age, depending on your background, you may have recited these words hundreds of times. Because the Creed is a fixture in the liturgy, because it is such a regular part of our worship, is it possible that your thoughts sometimes wander? Is it perhaps possible that you did not give the Nicene Creed your full attention this morning?

The purpose of this introduction is not just to scold you if you weren't paying attention (although we all need this admonition/encouragement). I want you to make the creeds your own, to cherish the Bible truths we confess in them, to appreciate these ancient truths that define the true Christian faith. This will happen when we draw deeply and often from the well of God's inspired Word.

On this Pentecost Sunday, it is fitting to focus our thoughts on the third article of the Nicene Creed. In fact, the opening words of this article will serve us well as the theme for today's sermon. And as we ponder the amazing events that took place in Jerusalem fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, we confess with Christians around the world...

WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

I. He is the Lord
II. He is the Giver of Life

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140601 John 17:6-11

Sermon Text: John 17:6-11a

Theme: Join the Ascended Lord in Prayer for Your Fellow Believers

Communication. Communication is important in many different areas in our world today. Today's technology has helped to improve our communication with one another. When talking with a couple who is married or about to be married, we talk about the important role positive communication plays in a strong marriage. For a business to run successfully there needs to be good communication between management and the workers. In the classroom, it is necessary that there is clear communication between the students and their teacher. Communication is also important to you and me as children of our Father in heaven. You and I have the privilege of being able to talk to our Almighty God through prayer. We are able to share with him our hopes, our fears, and our joys. Before his suffering and death, before his triumphant resurrection from the dead, before his glorious ascension into heaven, the Savior spent time in prayer. Part of Jesus' "High Priestly Prayer" in the Garden of Gethsemane on Maundy Thursday was for his disciples. He knew that he would not be with them much longer, and so God's Son prayed to his Father in heaven on their behalf. This morning, as we look at that part of our Savior "High Priestly Prayer", you and I hear the encouragement to join the ascended Lord in prayer for your fellow believers.

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