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01 November 2015

All Saints Day Sermon: Children of God

The Feast of All Saints
also Proper 26B/The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
1 November AD 2015

Title: Children of God (MP3 Audio)

Mignard: The Heavenly Glory Summary: “Children of God” is more than an honorific. For those who believe in Jesus, it’s an absolute fact. There’s no way we could purchase our place with Him, neither must we earn His love. The Father claims us as His for the sake of His Son, adopting, nurturing, and sustaining us through this life into life everlasting.

Text: See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3

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 Children of God, 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 149; Revelation 7:(2-8) 9-17; Matthew 5:1-12

Illustration Credits: The Heavenly Glory by Pierre Mignard, a fresco in the dome of Val-de-Grâce, Paris.

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