Sermons

Holy Trinity (Jn 3:1–17)

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

“Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.”

INI + AMEN.

((5. Oops!: We think we relate to God through knowledge.))

How do you know God? So often we think knowing God is about our understanding. That’s often our problem as Lutherans: our understanding, our right answers so often become our God. Trinity Sunday doesn’t help that ingrained idol because, in the true Christian confession, terms like substance and person are used. These terms are important and helpful in order to confess what the Scriptures say. But when we use our terms to box God up into our understanding, we’re abusing those terms rather than using them properly.

But, on Trinity Sunday, we often double down on thinking that knowing God has to do with our understanding. It’s why there’s an overabundance of analogies trying to reduce God to our understanding. Sorry, but the Triunity of God is NOT like an apple or a clover or anything else in all creation. Continue reading

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Sermons

Trinity Sunday (Jn 3:1–15)

June 11, 2017
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the Undivided Unity.

INI + AMEN.

The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. We don’t have three Gods but one God. The Father is merciful. The Son is merciful. The Spirit is merciful. We don’t have three Merciful’s but one Merciful. The Father is forgiving. The Son is forgiving. The Spirit is forgiving. We have not three Forgivings, but one Forgiving.

One God, three persons. One God who saves. One God who redeems His people. One God who shows mercy.

The Father sends the Son, not to condemn or judge the world but to save it. The Son obeys His Father’s will and dies for the sin of the world. The Spirit delivers the Father’s love for us in the death of His Son to you in the waters of Holy Baptism. “Whoever is born of water and the Spirit shall enter the kingdom of God.” Continue reading

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