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23 January 2011

Sermon: Epiphany 3A

Sermon Theme: The Word of the Cross

Summary: Springing from Paul’s simple, straightforward declaration, words as stark and plain as Christ’s own Cross proclaim Law and Gospel.

Crucifixion by GauginText: I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of The Word of the Cross, the Sermon for 23 January AD 2011, Preached at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, Ernestville, Missouri.

Other Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1-9 (10-14); Matthew 4:12-25

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