Welcome


Take a Survey


Help support this site:


Sermon List
Search
About

Login or Register

Luther Sayings

Terms of Use

YAAG
(lectionary)

Newsletter Articles or other writings

BOC readings - 3 year

BOC readings - 1 year

Bible in One Year

Bible in Two Years

5 mins with Luther














Pericope

Sermon List       Other sermons by Rev Hering       Notify me when Rev Hering posts sermons
      RSS feed for Rev Hering       RSS feed for all sermons

The Foolishness of God

1 Corinthians 1:18-23; Luke 5:1-11

Rev. Kurt Hering

Fifth Sunday after Trinity
Trinity Lutheran Church  
Layton, Utah


right-click to download MP3 of this sermon

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 

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.

[The Ten Commandments] are the beginning of the words of the cross that lead us to know our sin and our need for a Savior--folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

We don’t like that much and we fight it like stubborn children who know what they want and insist on getting it and doing it.

God’s Word doesn’t change based upon what we like, what we think, what we want. The way of life is the way of life—and the way of death is the way of death. And we will find that out one way or another—either now by hearing and listening to and believing the Word Christ preaches and teaches and pours over our heads and places between our lips, or on the Last Day when, [as] it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

To hear the entire sermon preached for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, click on the MP3 audio link provided above. The audio begins with the Epistle Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:18–25. The sermon begins at the 7:32 point of the mp3 file.

A servant of the Word and His folk,

Pastor Hering

For those of you who prefer to read or read along while listening, the preaching manuscript follows below.

Nota bene: Sermons are meant to be heard. Some points from the manuscript are explained and filled out during the preaching, so you will need to listen to the audio file to get the complete message.

TEXT: 18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. – 1 Corinthians 1:15-23

Dear Baptized,

This is most certainly true, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

We see it at work in our Gospel lesson this morning.

4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. Luke 5:4-6

Peter didn’t expect much. He had been a fisherman all his life. He certainly knew more about fishing than his rabbi. And yet, because it was his master who gave him the Word, without asking why or how or lodging anymore protests, he let down the nets.

That’s the way it is with God. That’s the way it is with Jesus. He is the Word that is the source of all things—nothing that has been made in heaven or on earth has been made without Him. So He knows the ins and outs of fish and catching them. Indeed the fish obey His command.

Oh that we would be so obedient. Much more than knowing the ins and outs of fish and catching them, He is the Word of Life. Just as there were fish where He said there would be fish, there is life where He says there is life.

In the Ten Commandments, God is essentially laying before us the way of life, as He created it to be from the beginning, and the way that if you insist on taking it as Eve took the fruit you will surely die.

Oh, but we know better don’t we. We see all kinds of benefits and happiness in pursuing our own ways.

As He showed Peter, Jesus has inside information—the big picture. His Word is true. More than filling nets with fish, and with more at stake than simply impressing anybody and being able to say, “I told you so,” Jesus gives us His Word in order that we may have life and have it to the fullest—forever.

For us, rather than showing us where to catch a boatload of fish, or how to succeed in business, or how to have lots of friends and influence, or even to find happiness in this world, that means speaking the Words of life—which start with revealing the deadly way of sin which every one of us travels apart from His Word.

• Fifth Commandment

• Sixth Commandment

• The Eighth Commandment.

• The Ninth Commandment. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. What does this mean?--Answer. We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

• But especially the First Table.

These are the beginning of the words of the cross that lead us to know our sin and desire our Savior--folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

We don’t like that much and we fight it like stubborn children who know what they want and insist on getting it and doing it.

But God’s Word doesn’t change based upon what we like, what we think, what we want. The way of life is the way of life—and the way of death is the way of death. And we will find that out one way or another—either now by hearing and listening to and believing the Word Christ preaches and teaches and pours over our heads and places between our lips, or on the Last Day when, [as] it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

So, with Simon Peter—fisherman, disciple and sinner--it is indeed very good, certainly true, and most beneficial that you say, “I am a sinful man .” What was meet, right, and salutary for Simon Peter , is meet right and salutary for you, me, and every sinner. The message is the same for those who like it or like it not; for those who listen or listen not; for those who believe it or believe it not.

For those of us who do hear that Word, and listen to it, and believe it, it is very good, it is certainly true, and it is most beneficial that, like Peter reacting to that unexpected catch of fish, you say, “I am a sinful man .” Or, as we hear and pray together every Sunday here at Trinity in the Proper Preface as we come to receive the body and blood of our Lord for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation: “It is truly meet, right, and salutary.”

Why? Because your saying, “I am a sinful man,” is the beginning of your giving thanks at this time and in this place to the one holy Lord of us all--almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, who has called you by His Holy Spirit to gather you with others who also say with you, “I am a sinful man.”

Again, why? Because, as we heard in the 15th Chapter of the Gospel according to St.  Luke two weeks ago, “This man [at whose feet you have fallen] receives sinners and eats with them.”

Furthermore it is *only* sinners, and those who say, “I am a sinful man,” whom this man Jesus, the Son of God, receives now and seats with Him at the right hand of His Father in heaven to:

• bathe in the Living Water of His Baptism;

• nourish with the Living Bread of His Word;

• refresh with the Living blood of His Communion;

• and eat with again on the Last Day at the Resurrection of all flesh.

Thus to every single one who confesses to being that sinful man, Jesus [says] …, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Not all of you will be catching men in the same way. It is not given for many to become pastors and ministers and missionaries in Christ’s Church. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:28-31

But while not many are ministers, all believers will be part of God’s work of catching men and hauling them into the holds of His Church because this is the good work prepared for you in Christ Jesus to do—usually w/o your even knowing it. [Matt. 25; Wittenberg beer]

So all of us who have been called with Simon Peter to say, “I am a sinful man ,” are saved and rejoice together Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. As we are once again gathered to receive the forgiveness of sins; to live in the kingdom of heaven; and to be seated the table of our Lord now today and even forevermore--

--in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Please rise.

The peace of God that surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 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.



Send Rev. Kurt Hering an email.




Unique Visitors: