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27 July 2014

Sermon: Trinity 6 (Epistle)

27 July AD 2014
Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Title: Dead and Alive (MP3 Audio)

Baptismal Flood Summary: Unlike the old westerns, where villains were wanted “dead or alive,” God wants us both dead and alive. In Baptism, God both slays the sinner and raises up from that death a saint. He takes us to cross and tomb and into the new life of the eternal kingdom.

This life, then, is the ongoing conflict of sinner and saint — both of which we remain until the end of time. The Old Adam keeps rousing itself, an animated corpse of decay and death. And through repentance and Absolution, God keeps putting it to death and raising us to life as new creatures.

Text: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:1-11

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 Dead and Alive. Preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 19; Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 5:(17-19) 20-26

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