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11 July 2011

Sermon: Proper 10 (OT)

Pentecost 4 — 10 July AD 2011

Sermon Theme: The Word Works

Isaiah 55:10Summary: It isn’t what we say or do that matters but what God says and does. He promises to send forth His Word and Spirit to save all who will believe in His Son Jesus.

There is no other way to become right with God or to please Him except to submit to that Word, to recognize and confess our sins, and to receive forgiveness through the meritorious sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Through the Law, God crushes our hearts, condemning our sins and removing the very idea that we can save ourselves. By the Gospel, He then comforts terrified hearts, forgives sin, and saves us to be His people now and forever.

Text: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
Isaiah 55:10-13

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 Works, preached to the saints of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 65:(1-8) 9-13; Romans 8:12-17; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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