Jesus went home to teach in the synagogue he had attended as a child. It didn’t go well. Their familiarity with him made it hard for them to hear what he was saying. Many who think of themselves as Christians have a similar problem and because of it they miss the blessings God offers.
Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus focuses on his calling and purpose. Although some thought John might be the Christ, John was not. It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who would redeem his people, pour out his Spirit upon them, and judge the nations.
In the ninth chapter of Isaiah five names are given to the Messiah. This Christmas Eve sermon invites you to consider what each reveals about the Christ child. At our service the sermon was bracketed by two selections from Handel’s Messiah. The links before and after the sermon will take you to recordings on YouTube. The recordings are not essential for understanding the sermon, but may add to your enjoyment.
Are you looking for something more than a simple reminder to give thanks or a list of blessings? In this expository sermon on Luke 17:11-19, the account of Jesus healing ten lepers, Pastor Hinkle draws upon a structural analysis of the passage presented in Arthur Just’s Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke. Professor Just suggests looking at the passage from the outside in. The result is a fresh look at the incident and a sermon that goes much deeper than “Hey, don’t forget to give thanks.”