Suffering First, Then His Crown

In this sermon drawn from Hebrews 2:1-13 and Psalm 8, Pastor Hinkle begins and ends with the glory of Christ and his rule over all things, but shows how and why he had to suffer first.

Dying and Rising with Christ

In this sermon on Mark 9:38-50, Pastor Hinkle provides an overview of the lesson, but focuses on the most difficult part where Jesus says it would be better to cut off our hands and feet than to continue in sin and better to have a millstone fastened around our neck and be cast into the sea than to lead a child into sin. Pastor Hinkle explains that we need to take sin very seriously and avoid it, but that it is God who does the surgery when he buries us with Christ and raises us to new life through baptism.

For Thomas and for You

The later part of John’s Gospel recounts two times that Jesus came to his disciple and showed them that he lived and had risen from the dead. As Thomas and the others believed, they received eternal life from their God and Lord. These things were written down and preached throughout the world so that you would also believe that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and receive eternal life by faith in him.

Come Down, O Lord!

Isaiah, the prophet, cried out to God, “O that you would rend the heavens and come down!”¬† But if God comes in his glory, Isaiah wonders, can we be saved? For in his words, “we have been long in our sins.”

This short sermon explains how God came and still comes to his people to save them.

Let’s Talk about the Image of God

They asked Jesus, is it lawful to pay taxes? He asked for the coin and it had Caesar’s image on it. “Render to Caesar the things that Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s,” he said.

You, dear reader, bear God’s image. This sermon is about what that means and why and how we are to give ourselves to God.