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24 August 2014

Sermon: Proper 16A (OT)

24 August AD 2014
Pentecost 11

Theme: Salvation Forever

Earth from Space Summary: Some people are afraid of being caught in a fragile, falling-apart world while others head blindly onward, unable or unwilling to realize that their own lives and this entire Creation are transitory and failing. God speaks to both parties.

He shakes those who imagine that their place in the cosmos and, indeed, the cosmos itself are unshakeably permanent. He warns of death and decay and urges them to abandon false gods and imaginary stability before they fall into eternal doom. For those who know and dread Creation’s impermanence, He promises to be their Rock and their Redeemer.

Even as Israel was hewn from the quarry of God’s faithful Word, so also all who believe in Jesus are carved from Him, reshaped and reformed by Christ’s forgiveness. We who trust in the Son and confess Him as our anointed Savior are blessed, for we have the same divine revelation from the Father that came upon Saint Peter. This is no earthly, flesh-and-blood knowledge but instead comes to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Balancing Rock Text: “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him.

“For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

“Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait.

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” Isaiah 51:1-6

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 Salvation Forever.

Other Readings: Psalm 138; Romans 11:33-12:8; Matthew 16:13-20

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