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25 October 2015

Reformation Sunday Sermon: Abide

Preached on John 8:31-36
also Proper 25B/Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
25 October AD 2015

Title: Abide (MP3 Audio)

John 8:31 Summary: Jesus freed us from sin and its consequences through suffering and death on the Cross. He delivers our release from slavery to sin and death comes His Word and through the sacraments.

The Lord doesn’t seek to grant us parole or a temporary release from our satanic chains but wants us to remain completely free. In order for us to maintain abiding freedom, Jesus tells us that we must abide in His Word.

Abiding doesn’t mean casually dipping into Scripture, occasionally communing, or once-in-a-while remembering our baptisms and confessing our sins. Abiding entails a life of total immersion, of absolute trust, and unwavering attention.

Yet because we cannot do this on our own, we also cling to Christ’s forgiveness for our failures — even our failure to always cling to Him. He never wavered in His faithful attention to His Father. The Father credits us with this same steadfast abiding for the sake of His Son.

Text: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:31-36

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 Abide, preached to the saints at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fayette, Missouri.

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: Psalm 46; Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; alternate Gospel Matthew 11:12-19

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