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sermon resources for march 11, 2012 [Lent 3B]

sermon and preaching resourcesExodus 20:1-17

The First Commandment, directing that we should worship God alone, sets in context all the other commandments. Christians live in a certain way, as specified by the commandments, because we worship a certain sort of God, the God who brought us forth from slavery to freedom, from death to life. We act a certain way because we believe a certain way. How we ought to live rests upon our vision of who God is.

Martin Luther teaches in the Large Catechism: “Anyone who knows the Ten Commandments perfectly knows the entire Scriptures.” This is a great opportunity to preach the ol’ Law and Gospel.

God is revealed in speaking the “Ten Words.” God comes down through his words, foreshadowing other incarnational moments. Before the Ten Commandments are about us, they are about God. “Torah” is better translated as the “The Way,” or more literally in Hebrew, the finger pointing the way.” It is a reliable guide.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Paul paraphrases Isaiah 29:14 to show that God has been undermining human wisdom for a long time. One could go through the Old Testament in particular and show God’s history for acting beyond human understanding.
This section of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians follows a section acknowledging the divisions in the Corinthian church. Paul elevates “foolishness” in combating the divisions. Perhaps those division that separate us in our “wisdom” can only be addressed by God’s wisdom.

John 2:13-22

John stands in contrast to the synoptic Gospels: he places this story at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, whereas the synoptics place it at the end.

“His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me’” references Psalm 69:9.

John 2:1-11 revealed the grace and glory of Jesus and the abundant new life Jesus offers. John 2:13-22 highlights the challenge and threat that new life poses to the existing order.

This is the only passion prediction in John.

Of course, this issue at hand is how the people are being robbed in the exchange rates. John’s intensity is greater still—Jesus issues a powerful challenge to the very authority of the Temple and its worship. Alluding to Zechariah 14:21, Jesus objects to the extravagant show of piety that insisted on pure animals and coins while failing to insist upon corresponding purity of heart.


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a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

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