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29 April 2012

Sermon: Easter 4 (Epistle)

29 April AD 2012 — Jubilate

Sermon Theme: Reborn Free

Summary: Through Baptism, Christians are reborn to freedom. We are not freed from this world, in order to escape it. Rather, Christ frees us for this world, in order to serve it as Christ served us.

Reborn Free
Sermon Text: Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
1 Peter 2:11-20

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 the MP3 of Reborn Free, preached to the saints of God at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mt. Leonard, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 147:1-11; Isaiah 40:25-31; John 16:16-22

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