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28 May 2012

Sermon: Pentecost (Gospel)

27 May AD 2012

Sermon Theme: Convicted

Summary: Jesus ascended into heaven yet remains among us in Word and Sacrament, coming to us as the Holy Spirit creates and sustains faith. The Spirit works to convict the world — including us — of our sins yet also declares and makes us righteous, granting us the power to believe and to receive heaven’s gifts. Therefore, we know that Satan, that wicked Accuser, cannot convince God to judge us according to His wrath at sin but that the Lord will judge us in mercy for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Sermon Text: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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 Convicted, preached during the late service to the saints of God at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 139:1-12 (13-16); Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21

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