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2015 Sermons


Note: Sermons are timed recordings of the service in MP3 format and have not been edited.


How the Wise Men Showed Their Faith in the New-Born King (Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-12) (Hymns 125, 352, 127, 130) January 4th 2015
How Joseph and May were Reminded about the Work that Jesus was Sent to Do (Sermon Text: Luke 2:41-52) (hymns 2, 400, 297, 53) January 11th 2015
How Christ Manifested His Glory in His First Miracle (Sermon Text: John 2:1-11) (hymns 4, 18, 363, 134) January 18th 2015
The Manifestation of Christ's Divine Glory in His Transfiguration (Sermon Text: Matthew 17:1-9) (hymns 5, 27, 352, 135) January 25th 2015

February 1st 2015
Hymns 18, 521, 378, and 380
Sermon Text: Matthew 20:1-16
Sermon Theme: No Matter How Long We have been Christians We All Receive the Same Final Gift of Grace
  I. Different people are brought into the Christian faith at different times in their life
  II. The final reward of grace is the same for all Christian

February 8th 2015
Hymns 16, 522, 381, and 296
Sermon Text: Luke 8:4-15
Sermon Theme: The Word of God is Received Differently be Different People
  I. Some persist in resisting God's Word completely
  II. Others receive the Word by faith, but believe only for a time
  III. Others, by the grace of God alone, receive the Word in a believing heart and bring forth the fruits of faith

Jesus Shows Mercy to a Blind Man as He goes Up to Jerusalem to Die (Sermon Text: Luke 18:31-43) (hymns 14, 412, 342, 384) February 15th 2015

February 22nd 2015
Hymns 30, 261, 263, and 446
Sermon Text: Matthew 4:1-11
Sermon Text: Jesus Provides the Perfect Example of How to Resist Every Attack of the Devil
  I. The devil will try various attacks against us
  II. Every attack of the devil can be successfully resisted with the Scriptures

March 1st 2015
Hymns 34, 436, 457, and 425
Sermon Text: Matthew 15:21-28 Mark 7:24-30
Sermon Theme: We Should Pray with Unwavering Confidence in God's Mercy
  I. It may seem at times like God will not answer our prayers
  II. He wants our faith to stay strong
  III. He will answer our prayers most graciously

March 8th 2015 - Oculi, The Third Sunday in Lent     (Due to technical difficulties there is no recording)
Hymns: 234, 324, 357, and 417
Sermon Text: Luke 11:14-28
Sermon Theme: We are Kept Safe from the Devil by the Power of Christ and His Word
  I. Jesus' divine power can free us from the devil
  II. After we have been freed, the devil will seek to enslave us again
  III. Having the Word of God in our hearts will keep us safe

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 6:1-15

Sunday School Lesson: First Lord's Supper (Matt. 26:3-4, 17-29; Mark 14:1-2, 10-25; Luke 22:1-11; John 13:1-30)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6)
  Bible Quiz: What were the names of the two brothers who slew a man thinking that the king would be pleased with what they did?
  Answer to last week's Quiz: I Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9 both state: "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." In both places, this statement is used to illustrate how something bad will spread if it is not removed. In I Corinthians, the "leaven" is a reference to sin; in Galatians "leaven" refers to false doctrine.

March 15th 2015 - Laetare, The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 2, 426, 394, and 409
Sermon Text: John 6:1-15
Sermon Theme: The Lord Provides for Us in His Wisdom, Power, and Grace
  I. We might not know how God will help us in a given situation
  II. Nothing lies beyond His ability to help
  III. He more than satisfies our needs

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 8:46-59

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus in Gethsemane (Matt. 26:30-56; Mark 14:26-50; Luke 22:31-53; John 18:1-13)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the king of Judah who was treated so well for the rest of his life by the king of Babylon?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Rechab and Baanah (II Samuel 4:5-12)

March 22nd 2015 - Judica, The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Hymns: 41, 156, 339, and 343
Sermon Text: John 8:46-59
Sermon Theme: Various Ways that People Show Themselves to be Unbelievers
  I. They do not accept God's Word
  II. They mock and blaspheme the Savior
  III. They sometimes even lash out violently against the Lord

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Matthew 21:1-9

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus before the Judges (Matt. 26:57 - 27:31; Mark 14:53 - 15:20; Luke 22:63 - 23:25; John 18:13 - 19:16)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man whose advice was followed by the counsel in dealing with the Apostles?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Jehoiachin (II Kings 25:27)

March 29th 2015 - Palm Sunday
Hymns: 160, 367, 162, and 161
Sermon Text: Matthew 21:1-9
Sermon Theme: Jesus Showed Himself to be a Humble King on the Sunday before His Death
  I. He entered Jerusalem in humility
  II. He was received by the people as a King

Sermon Text for Good Friday: Isaiah 53:6
Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Mark 16:1-8
Sunday School Lesson: The Crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:31-66; Mark 15:20-47; Luke 22:26-56; John 19:17-42)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, thought he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall nver die" (John 11:25-26)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man in the Old Testament who thought that he was going to be honored by the king and ended up being hanged?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-40)

April 3rd 2015 - Good Friday     (Due to technical difficulties there is no recording)
Hymns: 146, Walther's Good Friday Hymn, 175, and 151
Sermon Text: Isaiah 53:6
Sermon Theme: Jesus Suffered the Curse of the Law for Our Sins
  I. We have merited the curse of the Law by our sins
  II. Jesus took that curse upon Himself

April 5th 2015 - Easter     (Due to technical difficulties there is no recording)
Hymns: 193, 198, 191, and 200
Sermon Text: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon Theme: The Early Morning Easter Evidence of Christ's Resurrection
  I. The open sepulchre
  II. The announcement of the angel

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 20:19-31

Sunday School Lesson: The Resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me" (Job 19:25-27)
  Bible Quiz: When was the Prophet Elijah mistaken in his answer to the Lord's questions?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Haman (Esther 6:6 - 7:10)

April 12th 2015 - Quasimodogeniti, The First Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 201, 188, 208, and 196
Sermon Text: John 20:19-31
Sermon Theme: Important Words of Instruction from the Risen Savior to His Disciples
  I. He instructed them to forgive and retain sins
  II. He instructed them to believe even without first seeing

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 10:11-16
Sunday School Lesson: On the Road to Emmaus (Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-35)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (II Corinthians 4:6)
  Bible Quiz: Where was the Apostle Paul baptized?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Elijah said that he was the only true follower of God left, when there were still 7,000 more (I Kings 19:13-18)

April 19th 2015 - Misericordias Domini, The Second Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 436, 421, 368, and 426
Sermon Text: John 10:11-16
Sermon Theme: Jesus is Our Good Shepherd
  I. The Good Shepherd loves His sheep and cares for them
  II. The Good Shepherd knows His sheep and is Known by them

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 16:16-23
Sunday School Lesson: Feed My Lambs (John 21:1-19)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man whom the Apostle Peter had to correct in Caesarea?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Damascus (Acts 9:8-19)

April 26th 2015 - Jubilate, The Third Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 17, 518, 522, and 523
Sermon Text: John 16:16-23
Sermon Theme: Jesus Brings Christians Relief from Their Sorrow
  I. The Disciples sorrowed at the death of Christ, but rejoiced in His resurrection
  II. All the sorrows of this life will vanish in the eternal joys of heaven
  III. Jesus encourages us to pray in His name to help us overcome the sorrows of this life
Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 16:5-15

Sunday School Lesson: The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do" (Romans 7:18-19)
  Bible Quiz: What was the contention between Paul & Barnabas about and how was it settled?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Cornelius (Acts 10:24-26)

May 3rd 2015 Cantate, The fourth Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 5, 398, 227, and 228
Sermon Text: John 16:5-15
Sermon Theme: Jesus Foretells the Coming and Work of the Holy Ghost
  I. The Holy Ghost would not come until after Jesus removed His visible presence from the disciples
  II. The Holy Ghost would reprove the world
  III. The Holy Ghost would guide the disciples into the truth
Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 16:23-30

Sunday School Lesson: The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
  Bible Quiz: Who told the chief captain about the plot to kill the Apostle Paul?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: The contention was about whether they should take John Mark with them on their second missionary journey, after he had abandoned them during their first. It was settled by splitting up into two separate missionary groups -- Paul taking Silas, and Barnabas taking John Mark (Acts 15:36-40)

Joan Leslie Neuleib Funeral Service
Hymns: 521, 436, 597, and 200
Sermon Text: Isaiah 57:1-2
Sermon Theme: Why Do the Righteous Perish?

May 10th 2015 Rogate, The fifth Sunday After Easter
Hymns: 18, 428, 457, and 402
Sermon Text: John 16:23-30
Sermon Theme: Jesus Encourages His Disciples to Pray
  I. Because God commands us to pray and promises to answer our prayers
  II. Because God loves us for Jesus' sake

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 15:26-16:4

Sunday School Lesson: Jesus and the Children (Matthew 18:1-6, 10; 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" (Colossians 2:6)
  Bible Quiz: Why did the masters of a certain woman bring charges against Paul and silas when they were in Philippi?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Paul's sister's son (Acts 23:12-21)

May 17th 2015 Exaudi, The Sunday After Ascension
Hymns: 32, 409, 524, and 523
Sermon Text: John 15:26-16:4
Sermon Theme: The Savior's Encouraging Words for Christians in Times of Sore Distress
  I. Jesus promised to send the Comforter (the Holy Ghost)
  II. Jesus warned His disciples of the sufferings to come so that they would not be offended by them

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 14:23-31

Sunday School Lesson: The Ascension of Jesus (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:2-12)

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Commit they way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass" (Psalm 37:5)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man in Acts whose house was next to the synagogue?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Because Paul freed her from the devil that was possessing her; and her masters lost the income that they had been receiving through her fortune telling (Acts 16:23-31)

May 24th 2015 Pentecost
Hymns: 33, 229, 235, and 226
Sermon Text: John 14:23-31
Sermon Theme: The Holy Ghost Brings Comfort to Us Christians
  I. We are comforted by the love and gracious presence of the Triune God within us
  II. We are comforted by being taught the words of Christ
  III. We are comforted by the promise of seeing our Savior in heaven

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: John 3:1-15

Sunday School Lesson: Pentecost ( Acts 2 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness" (Psalm 84:10)
  Bible Quiz: Where in the Book of Acts do we find that the Apostle Paul was able to speak another language beside his native Hebrew?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Justus ( Acts 18:7 )

May 31st 2015 Trinity Sunday
Hymns: 243, 250, 245, and 244
Sermon Text: John 3:1-15
Sermon Theme: Instruction Concerning the Special Work of God the Son and of God the Holy Ghost
  I. To the Holy Ghost is especially ascribed the work of Sanctification
  II. To the Son is especially ascribed the work of Redemption

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Luke 16:19-31

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips" (Psalm 141:3)
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man in the Book of Acts who was instructed in the way of the Lord by a husband & wife?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Greek ( Acts 21:37-40 )

June 7th 2015 The First Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 300, 278, 611, and 608
Sermon Text: Luke 16:19-31
Sermon Theme: The Conditions of this Earthly Life are Changed after Death
  I. The unbelievers may enjoy great prosperity in this earthly life while we Christians may suffer greatly in it
  II. After death, the Christians will be comforted and the unbelievers will be tormented for all eternity

Sermon Text for Next Sunday: Luke 14:16-24

Sunday School Lesson: Samuel ( I Samuel 1-7 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry" ( Psalm 34:15 )
  Bible Quiz: Which year was called Jubilee?
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: Apollos ( Acts 18:24-26 )

June 14th 2015 The Second Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 246, 371, 342, and 279
Sermon Text: Luke 14:16-24
Sermon Theme: Do Not Make Excuses when God Invites You to Partake of HIs Grace
  I. God offers His grace to all people in the Gospel
  II. The proud despise this invitation and, therefore, lose its benefits
  III. The humble and repentant sinners receive the invitation with grateful hearts

Sunday School Lesson: Saul, Israel's First King ( I Samuel 8-15 )

Adult Bible Class
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz: The fiftieth year ( Leviticus 25:11 )

June 21st 2015 The Third Sunday After Trinity (there is no recording)

June 28th 2015 The Fourth Sunday After Trinity (there is no recording)

July 5th 2015 The Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 237, 364, 428, and 306
Sermon Text: Luke 5:1-11
Sermon Theme: We Should Never Doubt the Lord and His Word
  I. We may be tempted to doubt what God tells us in His Word
  II. His power and faithfulness will never fail

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 5:20-26

Sunday School Lesson: David and Goliath ( I Samuel 17 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalm 90:1-2)
  Bible Quiz: How long did Uzziah prosper?

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July 12th 2015 The Sixth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 2, 372, 371, and 377
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:20-26
Sermon Theme: Righteousness Contrasted with Superficial Righteousness
  I. We need a righteousness that exceeds mere work righteousness if we are to be saved
  II. True righteousness of faith will also produce good works that are acceptable before God for Christ's sake

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Mark 8:1-9

Sunday School Lesson: King Solomon ( II Kings 1-3; I Chron. 29:20-25 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves" ( Psalm 140:8 )
  Bible Quiz: Why was the Lord so tolerant with King Abijam?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "As long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper" ( II Chronicles 26:5 )

July 19th 2015 The Seventh Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 1, 692, 368, and 23
Sermon Text: Mark 8:1-9
Sermon Theme: God Satisfies Our Needs Miraculously and Generously
  I. In the hour of need, our situation might seem hopeless
  II. The way that God chooses to satisfy our needs can be quite unexpected and miraculous
  III. God satisfies our needs by giving us so much more than we need or deserve

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 7:15-23

Sunday School Lesson: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal ( I Kings 18 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High: to shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night" ( Psalm 92:1-2 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man in the Book of Acts who so quickly experienced God's punishment for his pride?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "For David's sake" ( I Kings 15:4-5 )

July 26th 2015 The Eighth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 27, 457, 261, and 477
Sermon Text: Matthew 7:15-23
Sermon Theme: Let Us Not Be Deceived by False Prophets or Hypocrites
  I. False prophets present a real danger hidden in sheep's clothing
  II. If we carefully consider their fruit in the light of Scripture, they will not deceive us
  III. Though they may deceive many people, it is impossible for false prophets and hypocrites to deceive the Lord

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 16:1-9

Sunday School Lesson: Naaman and Elisha ( II Kings 5 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light" ( Psalm 36:9 )
  Bible Quiz: Who sat down in the shade of the oak tree?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Herod ( Acts 12:21-23 )

August 2nd 2015 The ninth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 14, 324, 400, and 442
Sermon Text: Luke 16:1-9
Sermon Theme: Let Us Be Generous with Our Mammon and Gain Friends for Heaven
  I. Friends can be made by being generous with our worldly riches, or "mammon"
  II. Our desire in all of this should be to please God and lead people to heaven

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 19:41-48

Sunday School Lesson: Jonah ( Jonah 1-4 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, Bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" ( Psalm 103:1-2 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the prophetess who foretold what would happen to the inhabitants of Jerusalem after the death of the good king of Judah?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "An Angel of the Lord" ( Judges 6:11 ) or "the man of God that camest from Judah" ( I Kings 13:14 )

August 9th 2015 The Tenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 32, 608, 279, and 419
Sermon Text: Luke 19:41-48
Sermon Theme: Though God Desires to Save All People, He Will also Punish All Who Ultimately Reject His Grace
  I. Jesus showed His Love for the unbelievers by weeping on their behalf
  II. He showed His wrath against them by declaring the punishment that would befall Jerusalem
  III. He furthermore showed His wrath against those who defiled His temple by casting them out

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 18:9-14

Sunday School Lesson: The Three Men in the Fiery Furnace ( Daniel 3 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" ( Psalm 119:130 )
  Bible Quiz: What group of people in the Old Testament were exceptionally skilled with the sling?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Huldah ( II Kings 22:14-20 II Chronicles 34:22-28 )

August 16th 2015 The Eleventh Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 369, 392, 378, and 324
Sermon Text: Luke 18:9-14
Sermon Theme: God Forgives the Sins of the Humble
  I. The proud who do not acknowledge their sins despise God's offer of forgiveness, and, therefore, do not receive it.
  II. The humble who sorrow over their sins receive God's offer of forgiveness with a grateful heart

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Mark 7:31-37

Sunday School Lesson: Daniel in the Lion's Den ( Daniel 6 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord" ( Psalm 27:14 )
  Bible Quiz: Which of Jacob's sons was guilty of sinning against the Sixth Commandment?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "Seven hundred chosen men" from the tribe of Benjamin ( Judges 20:15-16 )

August 23th 2015 The Twelfth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 245, 297, 522, and 425
Sermon Text: Mark 7:31-37
Sermon Theme: Christ, the Almighty Son of God, Helps Us in Our Bodily Needs, but Wants Us to Seek Him Most of all for Our Spiritual Needs
  I. Jesus was sought for bodily help
  II. Jesus provides that bodily help
  III. Buit Jesus did not want people coming to Him only for bodily needs

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 10:23-37

Sunday School Lesson: The Return from Exile ( Ezra 1-6 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His Word do I hope" ( Psalm 130:5 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of King Saul's grandson who had an affliction?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Reuben ( Genesis 35:22 ) or Judah ( Genesis 38:15-18 )

August 30th 2015 The Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 5, 375, 398, and 412
Sermon Text: Luke 10:23-37
Sermon Theme:Lessons We Can Learn from the Parable of the Good Samaritan
  I. We cannot save ourselves throught the keeping of the Law
  II. Jesus saved us by keeping the Law perfectly in our place
  III. We should strive to follow the Law perfectly in our lives out of love for Christ

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 17:11-19

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" ( Psalm 46:1 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the Israelites' first camp after crossing the Jordan River, and what was its significance?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Mephibosheth ( II Samuel 4:4 )

September 6th 2015 The Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 17, 357, 365, and 307
Sermon Text: Luke 17:11-19
Sermon Theme: Let Us Remember to Thank the Lord for His Blessings!
  I. The gracious blessings of God toward us miserable sinners
  II. Man's response to these blessings

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 6:24-34

Sunday School Lesson: Creation ( Genesis 1:1-2, 7; 2:18-25 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The Lord is nigh unto all them that calll upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth" ( Psalm 145:18 )
  Bible Quiz: What were the names of the three men who hazarded their lives to get water from the well for the king?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "Gilgal" There was a monument of stones placed there to remind the Israelites how God brought them across the Jordan River on dry land ( Joshua 4:19-24 )

September 13th 2015 The Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 234, 416, 33, and 430
Sermon Text: Matthew 6:24-34
Sermon Theme: Let Not Earthly Concerns Pull Our Hearts Away from God
  I. We cannot serve both God and the things of this world at the same time
  II. We are not to worry about our earthly needs, but serve the Lord and trust His promises

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 7:11-17

Sunday School Lesson: Paradise and the Fall ( Genesis 2:8-17; 3 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" ( Galatians 6:7 )
  Bible Quiz: Which one of the king's sons disobeyed his father who was then going to have him put to death?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Adino, Eleazar, and Shammah ( II Samuel 23:8-17 )

September20th 2015 The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 18, 428, 427, 364
Sermon Text: Luke 7:11-17
Sermon Theme: The Almighty Son of God is Our Friend and Helper
  I. He has compassion upon us in our need
  II. He helps us in miraculous ways

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Luke 14:1-11

Sunday School Lesson: Cain and Abel ( Genesis 4:1-16 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" ( Matthew 10:32 )
  Bible Quiz: What was the name of the man whose daughters stood before Moses and Eleazar and what did they ask?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Jonathan ( I Samuel 14:24-45 )

September 27th 2015 The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 4, 477, 379, 325
Sermon Text: Luke 14:1-11
Sermon Theme: Jesus Teaches the Pharisees (and Us) about Mercy and Humility
  I. Jesus healed a man of his dropsy
  II. Jesus illustrated the negative results of prideful behavior

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 22:34-46

Sunday School Lesson: The Flood ( Genesis 6:1-9; 17 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, buy joy cometh in the morning" ( Psalm 30:5 )
  Bible Quiz: What did Rachel want from Leah?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz Zelophehad. Their request was to receive the inheritance of their father, since there were no male heirs ( Numbers 27:1-4 )

October 4th 2015 The Eightteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 23, 416, 295, 352
Sermon Text: Matthew 22:34-46
Sermon Theme: Jesus Teaches the Pharisees (and Us) about the Law and the Gospel
  I. The Law centers around love for God and for our neighbor
  II. The Gospel centers around Christ, true God and true man

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 9:1-8

Sunday School Lesson: The Call of Abram ( Genesis 11:27 - 12:8 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared" ( Psalm 130:3-4 )
  Bible Quiz: What made Manoah realize that the man that appeared to him and his wife was an angel of the Lord?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz The mandrakes that Leah's son, Reuben, had given his mother ( Genesis 30:14 )

October 11th 2015 The Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 246, 414, 516, 373
Sermon Text: Matthew 9:1-8
Sermon Theme: Jesus Heals Us in Body and Soul
  I. Jesus heals our soul by cleansing us from sin
  II. Jesus also heals our body from sickness and injury

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 22:1-14

Sunday School Lesson: Abram and Lot ( Genesis 13:1 - 15:6 )

Adult Bible Class
  Answer to Last Week's Quiz He ascended in the flame of the altar ( Judges 13:19-21 )

October 18th 2015 The Twentieth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 244, 27, 279, 375
Sermon Text: Matthew 22:1-14
Sermon Theme: Different Responses to the Invitation of the Gospel
  I. Some continue to despise the Gospel's invitation and therefore do not receive God's grace
  II. Some, through the miraculous working of the Holy Ghost, humbly accept the Gospel's invitation by faith
  III. Those who are hypocrites may align themselves with the Christians, but because of their unbelief they bring upon themselves the wrath of God
Sermon Text for Next Sunday John 4:46-54

Sunday School Lesson: Abraham's Faith Tested ( Genesis 21:1-8; 22:1-19 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness" ( I Corinthians 1:23 )
  Bible Quiz: In the Book of Habakkuk list the sins against which woes are pronounced?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz no Bible Quiz last week

October 25th 2015 The Twenty-First Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 16, 447, 428, 34
Sermon Text: John 4:46-54
Sermon Theme: God Wants Us to Trust His Word without Demanding Visible Evidence
  I. The Christian faith is not based on signs
  II. We are simply to believe God's Word
  III. The powerful and faithful Word of the Lord will never fail
Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 11:12-15

Sunday School Lesson: Isaac's Marriage ( Genesis 24 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" ( I Corinthians 2:14 )
  Bible Quiz: In the Book of Zephaniah where are we told that no amount of money can deliver us from the wrath of God?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz thief (2:6), covetousness (2:9), building a city through sinful practices (2:12), causing others to become drunk (2:15), and idolatry - acting as if idols are alive (2:19)

November 1st 2015 The Reformation Sunday
Hymns: 261, 263, 262, 444
Sermon Text: Matthew 11:12-15
Sermon Theme: Fighting for the Kingdom of Heaven through the Power of God's Word
  I. Those that enter into Christ's kingdom fight for it
  II. Christ wants all people to hear His Word and thus to enter His kingdom

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 22:15-22

Sunday School Lesson: Jacob's Flight ( Genesis 25:20-34; 27:1 thru 29:14 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" ( I Corinthians 3:11 )
  Bible Quiz: What term is applied to the promised Messiah in the Book of Haggai?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zphaniah 1:18 )

November 8th 2015 The Twenty-third Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 1, 465, 400, 581
Sermon Text: Matthew 22:15-22
Sermon Theme: Serving God and the Government as Christians
  I. Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's
  II. Render unto God the things that are God's

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 9:18-26

Sunday School Lesson: The Boy Joseph ( Genesis 37 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" ( I Corinthians 3:16 )
  Bible Quiz: What is the term applied to the promised Messiah in Zechariah chapter 3?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "Desire of all nations" ( Haggai 2:7 )

November 15th 2015 The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 28, 412, 356, 349
Sermon Text: Matthew 9:18-26
Sermon Theme: God is Always Willing and Able to Help Us
  I. We should not be afraid to ask Him for help
  II. We should never doubt His ability to help

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Matthew 24:15-28

Sunday School Lesson: Joseph - Ruler of Egypt ( Genesis 39-41 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart" ( Psalm 37:4 )
  Bible Quiz: Which verse in Zechariah chapter 4 hints that the kingdom of God is not extended by force?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz "My Servant the Branch" ( Zechariah 3:8 ) and stone ( Zechariah 3:9 )

November 22nd 2015 The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity
Hymns: 2, 597, 605, 611
Sermon Text: Matthew 24:15-28
Sermon Theme: We Should All Take the Warnings of Christ Seriously
  I. Christ warned the Jews of His day about the destruction of Jerusalem
  II. Christ warns us Christians today about the conditions leading up to the destruction of the world on the Last Day

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Colossians 1:12-23

Sunday School Lesson: Joseph Forgives His Brothers ( Genesis 42-45 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christs, and stewards of the mysteries of God" ( I Corinthians 4:1 )
  Bible Quiz: Which Passage in Zechariah chapter 8 forbids having evil thoughts about our neighbor?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zechariah 4:6 )

November 29th 2015 The First Sunday In Advent
Hymns: 64, 394, 372, 72
Sermon Text: Colossians 1:12-23
Sermon Theme: We Have Been Reconciled to God by the Death of His Son
  I. This reconciliation allows us to be members of His kingdom of grace and heirs of His kingdom of glory
  II. This reconciliation causes us to respect Him as our Creator and Master
  III This reconciliation is received by faith

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Romans 2:1-16

Sunday School Lesson: Quarterly Review

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" ( I Timothy 1:15 )
  Bible Quiz: Which Passage in Zechariah foretells the betrayal of Christ for 30 pieces of silver?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zechariah 8:17 )

December 6th 2015 The Second Sunday In Advent
Hymns: 75, 295, 289, 296
Sermon Text: Romans 2:1-16
Sermon Theme: The Law Condemns Everyone: Only the Gospel Saves
  I. We are not to exalt ourselves above others
  II. We all deserve to be condemned because of our sins, so we need the forgiveness of Christ
  III The Law written in man's heart testifies to man's guilt

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Romans 1:16-25

Sunday School Lesson: The Announcement of John's Birth ( Luke 1:5-25 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Like as a father pitieth His children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" ( Psalm 103:13 )
  Bible Quiz: Which Passage in Zechariah is quoted by the Savior when He tells His disciples they would be scattered at the time of His capture, intense suffering, and death?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zechariah 11:12-13 )

December 13th 2015 The Third Sunday In Advent
Hymns: 61, 64, 279, 297
Sermon Text: Romans 1:16-25
Sermon Theme: The Only Way of Salvation Is in the Gospel
  I. God has graciously given the Gospel for the salvation of all men
  II. The unbelievers despise the Gospel and bring upon themselves God's wrath

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Hebrews 12:15-29

Sunday School Lesson: The Announcement of Jesus' Birth ( Luke 1:26-56 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "To do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased" ( Hebrews 13:16 )
  Bible Quiz: Which Passage in Zechariah so clearly foretells the entrance of the Lord Jesus into the the city of Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zechariah 13:7 (compare with Matthew 26:31, 56) )

December 20th 2015 The Fourth Sunday In Advent
Hymns: 55, 63, 68, 324
Sermon Text: Hebrews 12:15-29
Sermon Theme: The Law of God Shows Us His Wrath; and the Gospel Shows Us His Grace
  I. The voice of God in the Law is dreadful
  II. The voice of God in the Gospel is comforting
  III. If that voice of grace is despised, then the wrath of God will be executed

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Hebrews 2:9-16

Sunday School Lesson: The Birth of John ( Luke 1:57-80 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons" ( Galatians 4:4-5 )
  Bible Quiz: In the Book of Malachi, find the verses that refer to John the Baptist.

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Zechariah 9:9 ( compare with Matthew 21:4-7 and John 12:15 ) )

December 27th 2015 The Sunday After Christmas
Hymns: 106, 76, 109, 92
Sermon Text: Hebrews 2:9-16
Sermon Theme: The Son of God became a Man in Order to Save Us
  I. The Second Person of the Trinity became our Brother in the flesh so that He would be able to suffer and die
  II. The blessed results of His suffering and death

Sermon Text for New Year's Eve 1 Peter 1:22-25

Sermon Text for Next Sunday Romans 3:23-31

Sunday School Lesson: The Birth of Jesus ( Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 1:19-25 )

Adult Bible Class
  Memory Verse: "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and and abideth for ever" ( I Peter 1:23 )
  Bible Quiz: Which verse in Malachi shows that the Lord richly blesses us in response to the offerings that we bring to Him?

  Answer to Last Week's Quiz ( Malachi 3:1 [see Matthew 11:10] and 4:5,6 [see Luke 1:17] )

December 31st 2015 New Year's Eve
Hymns: 110, 521, 123, 118
Sermon Text: I Peter 1:22-25
Sermon Theme: Our Lives in Relationship to the Word of God
  I. The Word of God has made us spiritually alive
  II. Though our earthly lives pass away, the Word of the Lord will not