SERMON SERIES: “AND GOD SAID…”
Let’s face it, for the next two months we are going to hear a lot of “he said” and “she said” stuff as our nation prepares for November’s presidential election. A sermon series can not completely protect you from all the political ads you will likely see and hear in the weeks ahead, but hopefully we can provide some life-giving truth and love about what our Heavenly Father wants for us. And let’s face it, if there is going to truly be hope for the world it will only come from God’s Word. So the week after Labor Day and running right up to election weekend, our weekend worship messages will focus on some of the more familiar sayings from scripture that we need to hear now every bit as much as when they were first spoken.
(Click on the link below to hear the sermon message)
SEPTEMBER 11 – “AND GOD SAID…” – GENESIS 1:1-5
SEPTEMBER 18 – “I WILL BLESS YOU…” – GENESIS 12:1-8
SEPTEMBER 25 – “GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD” – GENESIS 50:15-21
OCTOBER 2 – “THIS WILL BE ON THE TEST” – MICAH 6:6-8
OCTOBER 9 – “THINK BIGGER” – JEREMIAH 29:10-14
OCTOBER 16 – “WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU” – HOSEA 4:4-12
OCTOBER 23 – “MAKE A CHOICE” – JOSHUA 24:14-18
OCTOBER 30 – REFORMATION – “NAILED IT!” – JOHN 8:31-36
NOVEMBER 6 – ALL SAINTS: “SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE” – EPHESIANS 4:14-16
NOVEMBER 13 – “TRUST ME” – DANIEL 3:13-18
NOVEMBER 20 – “WHEN THE GOOD KING COMES” – MATTHEW 25:31-40
“FORMS CHANGE, FAITH DOESN’T”
Pastor Larry Kassebaum
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35
Reformation Day marks the anniversary of Martin Luther’s famed posting of his 95 Thesis on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s action was a call for change and renewal in the church of his day. What most concerned Luther was that the church and Christians of his day were focusing on the trappings and wrappings of Christianity at the expense of authentic faith in Jesus Christ as revealed in scripture.
Reformation should never be something that is observed, as though it is in the past. Reformation is an on-going process whereby we constantly examine our customs, traditions and even beliefs to make sure that they have not lost their focus on the nature and will of God as revealed in the life, death, resurrection and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Reformation often involves some pain, because it involves our letting go of old forms that have become false gods or idols. We do not like to lay down our idols because we may have fond memories or high expectations of all sorts of our human creations. Some of these human creations may even have served our faith well in the past. But times change and our loyalties can became misplaced.
Remember it hasn’t been that long since our ancestors believed the only language capable of serving God in worship or in Bible study was their native tongue. So depending on their nationality, that was German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, etc.
In light of our reformation heritage, I applaud your willingness as a congregation to make modifications to both our facilities and our ministry plans. This was never more obvious than when I was sharing with our last new member group some of the major changes we’ve made at Victory over the last twenty years. We now have three campuses, a beautiful main campus complete with covered parking, solar panels and an electronic sign that is the envy of even some business establishments.
Next April Victory will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a congregation. Next October, Lutherans will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The best way to celebrate both of these events is by both celebrating the past and preparing for the future. Reformation is a great time to remember that “what got us here won’t get us there.”