Sermons

Cantate—Easter 5 (Jn 16:5–15)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Allelluia!

INI + AMEN.

If you’re in Christ, then you have the Spirit. If you have the Spirit, you’re in Christ Jesus. Jesus puts these two things ideas together in our text. You can’t separate the Spirit from Jesus, and you can’t separate them from the Father. All this comes together in Jesus. He’s the hinge of it all, and He says that if you have the Spirit, you have Him. You’re in Him, and so you then trust Him—trust Jesus.

The result of this being in Jesus is that there is no condemnation—none, zero, zilch. That’s what Paul says. Jesus puts it another way in our text. Paul says the negative: no condemnation for those in Christ. Jesus says the positive: there is condemnation, or “conviction” as Jesus says, for those outside of Him. But no matter how its said (positive or negative), no matter who says it (Paul or Jesus), the result is the same, dear saints of God. The result is comfort for you.

THERE’S NO CONVICTION FOR THOSE IN CHRIST JESUS. Continue reading

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Sermons

Cantate (Jn 16:5–15)

May 14, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

HE IS RISEN INDEED! ALLELUIA!

INI + AMEN.

((5. Oops!: The Spirit convicts concerning sin.))

The Spirit convicts. He convicts about sin. He convicts the world. Now, we read this as finger pointing, but the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, doesn’t just convict what’s out there in the world. He convicts us, too—that part of us that likes parts of the world, the part of us that’s actually ok with the things and actions of the world.

When the Spirit convicts sin, He’s not convicting behavior. That’s what we’d want. The world promotes, establishes, defends X,Y, and Z behavior, lifestyle, and choice. We point fingers at somethings and others we put on our mantels, we make a priority. And since we don’t think they’re icky, it’s ok.

But the Spirit convicts because of a lack of faith. What causes our sins? A lack of faith. “Concerning sin because they don’t believe in Me.” We treat God and His judgment over sin like running from a bear. I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you. So we boil it down to behavior.

But the conviction over sin isn’t just over gross and manifest sins—sins that are clearly against God’s Word of Law. No, it’s about lack of faith which produces all sorts of sins, even things we don’t want to admit are sins.

What does that mean? Well, everything that doesn’t flow from faith is sin. If it flows from our own desires (to get what we want, to put ourselves first), that’s sin. From trying to get the upper hand in a deal, to trying to be more accepted than someone else.

The Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin and unbelief has no limits. If there’s unbelief, there’s the Spirit saying, “Condemned!” If there’s lack of faith and sins that flow from that, He also says, “Condemned.” Continue reading

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