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21 August 2011

Sermon: Proper 16 (Gospel)

Pentecost 10 — 21 August AD 2011

Sermon Theme: Christ, Keys, and Kingdom

ChristSummary: Jesus built His Church on the rock of Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This unshakable truth is the foundation of all Christendom, for it is only by faith in Him that we are saved.

To bring us the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation won by Him on the Cross, Jesus instituted the Office of the Holy Ministry, of whom the Twelve were the first members. Their forgiveness was Christ’s forgiveness and this same blessing He extends to the Church today through His called and ordained servants.

Weak and sinful though they may be, Christ’s pastors still speak the crushing, killing words of the Law to break and destroy sinful hearts. They also baptize, absolve, and commune us to give to us the full, free blessings of salvation and new life in our Lord. They wield the keys on Jesus’ behalf for the benefit of the Church as they preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments in His name.

Text: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Matthew 16:13-20

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 Christ, Keys, and Kingdom, preached during the late service to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 138; Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 11:33-12:8

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