Proper 25 · 1 Thessalonians 2:1–13 · October 29, 2017


Proper 25 · 1 Thessalonians 2:1–13 · October 29, 2017

By David Peter, This is the second in a series of sermons based on texts from 1 Thessalonians. The series is entitled “Fatherly Encouragement.” Paul writes as the spiritual father to his children who need guidance and encouragement to grow in faith and faithful living. Fatherly Encouragement toward Motivation Focus Statement The motivation for advancing God’s ..


Proper 23 · Philippians 4:4–13 · October 15, 2017


Proper 23 · Philippians 4:4–13 · October 15, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the fourth and final in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, Textual Connection In Paul’s closing exhortations, he encourages the Philippians in their devotion to Christ, in their support of one another, and in their engagement ..


Proper 22 · Philippians 3:4b–14 · October 8, 2017


Proper 22 · Philippians 3:4b–14 · October 8, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the third of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, Textual Connection At this point in his letter, Paul opens his heart and offers a personal confession of faith to the Philippians (3:4–14): having the righteousness ..


Proper 21 · Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18 · October 1, 2017


Proper 21 · Philippians 2:1–4 (5–13) 14–18 · October 1, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the second of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, Textual Connection Paul’s separation from the Philippians causes him to focus on that which holds them together as a community of Christ, involved in humble service ..


Proper 20 · Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30 · September 24, 2017


Proper 20 · Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30 · September 24, 2017

Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the first of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. By David Schmitt, In a culture that is redefining what it means to be family, the Christian church has devoted significant efforts to defending God’s design of the ..


Proper 15 · Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32 · August 20, 2017


Proper 15 · Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32 · August 20, 2017

Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here. By David Schmitt, Have you ever noticed how some art museums post guards near the paintings? If they don’t post a guard, they might put a red velvet ..


Proper 14 · Romans 10:5–17 · August 13, 2017


Proper 14 · Romans 10:5–17 · August 13, 2017

Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here. By David Schmitt When Jesus was crucified, we indeed nailed him to the cross. His own people tried him, found him guilty of blasphemy, and rejected their God. And ..


All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2016


All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2016

By Joel Elowsky Crowds are always following Jesus looking for something. These crowds come from everywhere, not just the locals, and they’re filled with expectation. He always takes their expectations and transforms them into something more significant than they perhaps knew they needed. His Sermon on the Mount is a classic example. He ascends a mountain ..