Concordia Sermons

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Weekly sermons from Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX.

Episodios

  • Based on a True Story: Too Big to Fail (Lent)

    23/03/2011 Duración: 18min

    When GM and Chrysler were teetering on the precipice of collapse, many touted these companies as “too big to fail,” noting the effects that these business’ bankruptcies would have on the national economy. As big as these companies might be, they are nothing compared to the Kingdom of God. Though it appears small, God’s Kingdom is massive. And it is so big that not only can it cannot fail, it will not fail!

  • Based on a True Story: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    20/03/2011 Duración: 27min

    The lawyer of Luke 10 asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor” (verse 29)? According to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, your neighbor is not merely one who is closest to you, be that in physical proximity or relational affinity; rather your neighbor is a person who you may despise or who may despise you. Nevertheless, you are called to help them in Jesus’ name.

  • Based on a True Story: Out with the Old (Lent)

    17/03/2011 Duración: 19min

    Jesus has come to make things new – even us! Thus, trying to hold on to our old, sinful natures while being renewed and redeemed by Jesus simply will not work. Because of Christ’s new work and Kingdom, we are called to celebrate our newness in Him.

  • Based on a True Story: The Parable of the Parable

    13/03/2011 Duración: 29min

    Parables are generally titled, “The Parable of…” For example, we find in the Gospels “The Parable of the Talents” and “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Though this parable is generally titled “The Parable of the Sower,” it could also be titled, “The Parable of the Parables,” for, in this story, Jesus explains the purpose of His parables and how people either believe or reject them. In this opening message, we introduce the parables and explain their purpose and meaning for our lives.

  • Ash Wednesday

    10/03/2011 Duración: 22min

    Following the Fall, God renders a harsh judgment on Adam: "Dust you are and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). This is meant to remind Adam - and everyone - that we are made from dust and, upon our deaths, we will return to dust. Yet, even though we are made from humble dust, the Psalmist exclaims that we are highly exalted! He sings, "You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned with glory and honor" (verse 5). How is it that we, made from humble dust, can be celebrated as the crown of God's creation? The preacher of Hebrews finally applies this Psalm to Jesus (cf. Hebrews 2:5-9). It is Christ who exalts us and restores our value by His cross. God, rather than dusting us away in death like we do with the dust on our furniture, blesses us, keeps us, saves us, and will raise us on the Last Day.

  • Inspiring

    06/03/2011 Duración: 33min

    The Bible cannot be “inspiring,” without first being “inspired.” Because the Scriptures are “inspired,” they inspire us with their wisdom, insight, and understanding about our lives. Thus, we hide God’s Word in our hearts and study it daily. In this message, we’ll cover tips for studying the Scriptures and also survey different Bible translations and their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Inspired

    27/02/2011 Duración: 33min

    As orthodox Christians, we believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of Scripture. “Verbal” means that the very words of the Bible are inspired. “Plenary” means all the words of the Bible are inspired. Because of this, we can trust what the Bible has to say because its author is God. This is why it is profitable for doctrine and life. In this message, we’ll talk about the doctrine of inspiration and address some of the objections to it.

  • Fit for Life II: "Mind"

    20/02/2011 Duración: 29min

    In verse 30, Jesus quotes what is known as the Shema, a Hebrew word meaning, “hear.” The Shema is taken from Deuteronomy 6:4-5, which was popularly considered to be God’s greatest commandment, as Jesus affirms in Mark 12. Interestingly, when quoting the Shema, He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Loving God with your mind, however, was not a part of the original Shema! Jesus adds this! He adds this because He knows that being mentally fit is important to a healthy life. Thus, we are called to study the Scriptures, for by sharpening our minds, we also sharpen our faith.

  • Fit for Life II: "Soul"

    13/02/2011 Duración: 32min

    Some people, when speaking of a person they love romantically, will refer to them as their “soul-mate.” Though this term often carries with it connotations that are not concomitant with a biblical theology of romantic love, this term can be helpful in identifying the fact that romantic love is deeper than just physical affection. For we, at the very level of our souls, were created to be relational beings! Thus, appropriately ordering our relationships according to God’s design is paramount for healthy living.

  • Fit for Life II: "Heart"

    06/02/2011 Duración: 29min

    Jesus says that our hearts follow our treasure (cf. verse 21). Thus, if our treasure is money, our heart will be attached to cash. Time and time again, Jesus warns against loving money, for the love of money can wreck our souls (cf. Mark 8:36). We are to steward our money, not love it. This is the path to good financial health.

  • Fit for Life II: "Body"

    23/01/2011 Duración: 28min

    When we worship, the apostle Paul says, we worship by offering our bodies (cf. verse 1). Unfortunately, far too many people do not treat their bodies as things with which they are to worship God. They engage in gluttony or chemical abuse and thus destroy their bodies with wickedness rather than worshipping with their bodies in righteousness. Paul’s call is for us to worship God with our bodies and be the Body of Christ.

  • Fit for Life II: "Prepare for Battle"

    16/01/2011 Duración: 30min

    God has created your body and loves it and even promises to raise it on the Last Day. Sadly, there is a battle for your body. For whereas God loves your body as His creation, Satan hates it and wants to destroy it. He uses things such as obesity, chemical dependency, and even terrible illness to wreak havoc in your body. This is part of the reason Jesus speaks of demon possession so often. Jesus wants to have control of your body by faith so that Satan cannot come in and destroy it.

  • A Fresh Start

    02/01/2011 Duración: 23min

    Welcome to 2011!

  • Hello! My Name Is...Prince of Peace

    19/12/2010 Duración: 32min

    It’s crunch time! Christmas is only five days away and, my guess is, you do not have everything done that needs to be done for the holiday. During these final, stressful days, we remember that even when stress abounds, the peace of God surpasses our stress. Whether your stress is rooted in a “to-do list” or a painful memory or a family quarrel, God’s peace is there for you!

  • Hello! My Name is...Everlasting Father

    12/12/2010 Duración: 32min

    1 Peter 1:13-25 The joys of Christmas can be fleeting. A day for which we spend months preparing comes and goes in a matter of hours. Not long after gifts are unwrapped and the tree is taken down, life returns to normal. It is at these times that we can take comfort in the fact that even though holiday cheer does not last, our Father does. His word and ways will continue, even when the things of this world do not.

  • Hello! My Name is...Mighty God

    05/12/2010 Duración: 34min

    Matthew 1:18-25 In Matthew 1, our Lord is given two names: “Jesus,” to describe His function of saving us from our sins and “Immanuel” to describe His identity as God. Thus, Jesus is our “Mighty God.” He is “mighty to save” as well as God come to earth to dwell with us in our trials and pain.

  • Hello! My Name is...Wonderful Counselor

    28/11/2010 Duración: 31min

    John 14:15-21 Shortly before He is crucified, Jesus promises His disciples “another Counselor.” The word “another” connotes that there is also a first Counselor, who is Jesus. The Holy Spirit, then, is Counselor 2.0. In the midst of the stress of the holidays, we need all the wise counsel we can get – to navigate stressful schedules and unhealthy family situations. Do we rely on the great counsel of our God?

  • Credo: I believe in...Eternal Life

    23/11/2010 Duración: 35min

    Hebrews 11 recounts the lives of faithful saints who have gone before us. In Hebrews 12, the preacher reminds us that “we are surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses” (verse 1). We, as God’s saved children, are his saints. Doctrinal Topics: Sinner and Sainthood, Life Everlasting Apologetic Concerns: Praying to the Saints

  • Credo: I believe in...the Holy Spirit

    14/11/2010 Duración: 29min

    Doctrinal Topics: The Holy Spirit, Sanctification Apologetic Concerns: The Charismatic Movement, Relationship between Justification and Sanctification Following Jesus’ ascension into heaven, he promised to send “the Spirit of truth to guide us into all truth” (John 16:13). God’s Holy Spirit indwells every Christian. Contrary to the “acts” that we do in our sinful nature (cf. verse 19), the Spirit produces good “fruit” (cf. verse 22) as he sanctifies believers in the truth.

  • Credo: I believe in...God's Kingdom

    07/11/2010 Duración: 32min

    Doctrinal Topics: Eschatology, Judgment Apologetic Concerns: Dispensational Premillenialism, Postmillenialism Whereas Christ came as a gentle baby in a manger upon his first advent, he will come as a conquering King at time’s end. Jesus explains that there will be distress in the last days as well as false prophets and false teachers. Our call, then, is to stand firm in the faith as we await his return and final judgment.

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