Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.
Greetings you saints of God!
If you would like to hear the sermon preached at Trinity Lutheran Church in Layton, Utah for the Feast of Saints, click on the MP3 link provided above.
Have a blessed week as God's beloved and forgiven children.
Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
Here is the preaching outline/manuscript:
Dear People of Trinity,
Dear children of God, as St. John writes in our epistle lesson,
You are saints!
That is why we are here. That is why we do what we do.
• Dedication of our new church building
• Placement of the font
• Liturgy of the Divine Service
• Raised Chancel and altar area
After a week--or two, or three, or more—of the devil, the world, and our flesh telling us otherwise.
After a week--or two, or three, or more—of our behaving and speaking to others (especially our fellow saints and church members) as anything but saints
We need to be reminded we are saints.
We need to hear it again.
We need to be handled and reformed by God.
We need His body and blood for strength in our weakness.
Remember what it means top be a saint—to be set apart for God, for His use and for each other.
• Christ told the adulteress to go and sin no more
• Paul says, "Shall we keep on sinning?"
• And again, "Should we join Christ's body to a prostitute?"
No—but we do.
So God gives us a Sabbath Day for the preaching and hearing of God's Word that makes you holy—a saint.
Beyond what we have already mentioned—the bigger, more visible and obvious things—that's also why we do certain little, perhaps seemingly picky things.
• Handling of communion ware and elements
• Use of the Baptismal font, altar, and lectern
• The way I do things as a pastor
• Most of all how we should handle and treat one another
If we don't treat one another as saints why would anyone want to be joined to us and with us?
So everything we do publicly as church is meant to convey this message to those who see us and live with us—You are a saint.
Like Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:1-2, as your pastor "I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ."—as a saint! If you wonder why I do what I do, or don't do something else, it always comes down to this.
Paul continues, "But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough." (vv. 3-4)
These different gospels and teaching and practices all sound and feel so good, so right, so holy, so spiritual. So we must be vigilant.
That is why He calls and gathers you to Him here in His church.
It is why we ended here in this place, really.
While it is a joy to hear you are a saint, it is not always particularly easy or pleasant. Because saints are made from sinners and sinners must recognize their sin and give way to Christ's holiness.
This is the joy set before Christ and what pleases the Father—to make each of you saints.
And what is true of one is even more-so in regard to the church—the body of Christ—because it is first true of Him. He became what you are, to take on your sin in the flesh, to make you what He is—Holy, or in the word of our Gospel text, Blessed.
These "Beatitudes" are first and foremost about Christ and perfected in Him.
[Read Matthew 5:1-12 and their fulfillment in Christ.]
Again, everything we do—that is, everything God does through us in His church—is to bless you; to remove the sin from you and you from the sin; to make you holy for God and His work; to make you a saint.
Dear people of Trinity, hear it again. You are indeed saints--in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Insofar as this sermon is a true proclamation of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, it belongs to Him and His Church. Therefore its use is free to all who deem it worthy and beneficial.
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