Easter 4 • 1 John 3:16–24 • April 26, 2015


Easter 4 • 1 John 3:16–24 • April 26, 2015

By Victor Raj Preliminary Considerations Placed midway between Easter and Pentecost, the appointed lessons for the fourth Sunday of Easter cumulatively call for a resurrection living for the Christian faithful in this world. Together, they are an exhortation for the baptized toward the demonstration of God’s righteousness in their daily living as they engage the world ..


The Resurrection of Our Lord • 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 • April 5, 2015


The Resurrection of Our Lord • 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 • April 5, 2015

By David Peter The Occasion for Paul’s Words The first verse of the text begins with these words: “Now I would remind you, brothers.” This formula indicates that Paul is responding to an issue which had been a part of his original instruction to them. In this case, the issue is the resurrection of the body. Apparently the subject ..


Lent 5 • Hebrews 5:1–10 • March 22, 2015


Lent 5 • Hebrews 5:1–10 • March 22, 2015

Editor’s note: The following homiletical help is adapted from Concordia Journal, September 1979. by Andrew H. Bartelt Sermon Notes 1. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews continues his discussion of the “high priesthood” of Christ (and his commentary on Psalm 110) in 4:14. The importance of the office of high priest was obvious to a ..


Lent 2 • Romans 5:1–11 • March 1, 2015


Lent 2 • Romans 5:1–11 • March 1, 2015

By Robert Kolb Sometimes it seems as if our lives have wandered into one of the survival shows on television and we are about to be eliminated, or at least have questions about lasting longer than a few more weeks or months. Too many false calculations, too many wrong-headed decisions. Paul tells us in this lesson that this ..


Lent 1 • James 1:12–18 • February 22, 2015


Lent 1 • James 1:12–18 • February 22, 2015

By William W. Carr “Blessed is the man (Μακαριος ανηρ; see, e.g., Ps 1:1, אַ֥שְֽׁרֵי־הָאִ֗ישׁ) who remains steadfast under trial” (Jas 1:12, ESV). Preparing this homiletical help in September makes it difficult not to think about Christians in Iraq and in several areas of Africa, who are pursued, persecuted, kidnapped, and murdered because they are Christians. The stomach churns, the ..


Transfiguration • 2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 • February 15, 2015


Transfiguration • 2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 • February 15, 2015

By David I. Lewis Literary Context The text is part of the section of 2 Corinthians where Paul is defending the integrity of his apostolic ministry and his past actions in dealing with the believers in Corinth (1:12–7:16). In the section immediately preceding today’s text, 3:7–11, Paul contrasts the ministry of Moses in mediating the Torah to Israel to ..


Epiphany 5 • 1 Corinthians 9:16–23 • February 8, 2015


Epiphany 5 • 1 Corinthians 9:16–23 • February 8, 2015

Editor’s note: The following homiletical help is adapted from Concordia Journal, January 2006. By Arthur F. Graudin Textual Considerations For the Apostle Paul the proclamation of the gospel was not a basis for boasting on his part but ανάγκη, a matter of necessity, constraint, obligation. “He is under divine constraint which he cannot escape” (TDNT, I, 340). ..


Epiphany 3 • 1 Corinthians 7:29–31 (32–35) • January 25, 2015


Epiphany 3 • 1 Corinthians 7:29–31 (32–35) • January 25, 2015

By David Schmitt At the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, there is an installation called Cup by Thomas Skomski. It’s basically a shelf extending out of the wall with a cup at the very end. The shelf is about the height of a countertop, making the cup perfectly within reach. Suspended there, this cup promises water for the weary. ..