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29 June 2014

Sermon: St. Peter and St. Paul (Gospel and Psalm)

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
29 June AD 2014

Title: Built on the Rock (MP3 Audio)

Built on the Rock Summary: Neither Paul nor Peter chose to stand on the rock. Instead, the Rock that “was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4)” drew them and secured them to Himself. He anchored Himself to them and they to Him. He gave them the zeal to spread the Gospel, the strength to stand firm in faith, and the courage to face martyrdom.

We stand on that same Rock. We dwell in the mighty fortress that is our God. He is our refuge and strength and in Him we have peace. We trust that no one and nothing can separate us from His love in Christ Jesus as we stand among the saints in time and those gathered into eternity.

By happy accident, today was also a day of adult confirmation. In the service, we offered the right hand of fellowship to two new communicant members. They confessed Jesus publically, joining with not only a collection of Lutherans in Lexington, Missouri but with all who know “the Christ, the Son of the living God” as Savior and Lord.

I chose for each of them Scripture passages that reflected their standing in the kingdom. One received Psalm 18:2 as his confirmation verse: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 went to the other: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

You Are the Christ Texts: [Jesus said,] “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.” Matthew 16:18

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46

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 Built on the Rock.

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: Acts 15:1-12 (13-21); Galatians 2:1-10; Matthew 16:13-19

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