Sermon

Show Tough and Tender Love for Sinners!

Summary: Since Jesus, the Good Shepherd, spared no pain to find the lost sheep, so Christ’s church will diligently use God’s law and gospel to call the erring brother to repentance. The object is always to win the brother over. The church speaks with Christ’s full authority when it declares God’s judgment upon the impenitent sinner and pronounces full forgiveness to the penitent sinner.

Sermon text: Matthew 18:15-20

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Sermon

Confess Christ Clearly!

Human reason cannot consider Jesus to be any more than a prophet – the forerunner of the
Messiah at best. But Peter, on behalf of the other disciples, confesses, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” On this bedrock confession the entire church of God is built. We who are built upon Christ have overcome the dark powers of death. Jesus gave all Christians the authority to proclaim the freedom to penitent sinners. Likewise, Christ’s voice is heard through us when we withhold forgiveness from those who proudly insist on their life of sin.

Sermon text: Matthew 16:13-20

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