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“All Who Believe and Are Baptized”
An original sermon series for Lent 2018!
(Bible Study Notes for the full series will be forthcoming after Easter due to unanticipated time tending to urgent parish & family medical needs.)
The Bible proclaims “one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.” Faithful Christians have questions—some of which the early apostolic Church asked and answered in the New Testament. Other questions raised in our day weren’t asked in Bible times. Luther’s Small Catechism covers Bible basics on Baptism, but there’s much more to learn! One Baptism bonds the communion of saints in our one Lord’s forgiveness of sins. Join our “one faith” conversations about “one Baptism!” It unites the whole church in Jesus’ Name!
“All Who Believe and Are Baptized”
PREFACE to the 2018 Lent Series
Read the origin story of this series about a small town wrestling with big questions about Baptism…
PART ONE: Wed.Feb.14@7:30p
Jesus asks, “From Heaven or From Man?” (Matt. 21:25) John’s baptism and that of Jesus
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes from 2.11.18
From Luther’s Large Catechism, “Here stand God’s Word and command…”
The Sermon: Jesus asks, “From Heaven or From Man?”
PART TWO: Wed.Feb. 21@7:30p
Does Your“One Lord” Sign His Covenants on Infants? (Gen.17:1-14/Col.2:6-15)
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 2.18.18
The Sermon: Does Your “One Lord” Sign His Covenants on Infants?
PART THREE: Wed.Feb.28@7:30pm
What in God’s Name are You Doing to a Child? (Deut. 6/ Eph.6/ Luke 8) A Parent’s true spiritual authority
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 2.25.18 [pending edits]
The Sermon: What in God’s Name are You Doing to That Child?
PART FOUR: Wed.Mar.7@7:30pm
We Acknowledge One Baptism: Do I Need More? (Acts 18&19) Which “One Baptism” is Valid?
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes from 3.4.18 [pending edits]
The Sermon: We Acknowledge One Baptism–Do I Need More?
PART FIVE: Wed.Mar14@7:30pm
An Apostrophe in a Wrong Place? His Believers’ Baptism (1Cor. 12)
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 3.11.18 [pending edits]
The Sermon: An Apostrophe in a Wrong Place? On His Believers’ Baptism…
PART SIX: Wed.Mar21@7:30pm
Do We Use God’s “Household” Words in God’s Way? (Exodus 12:1-12/Act16:15/1 Tim.3:4-5)
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 3.18.18 [pending edits]
The Sermon: Do We Use God’s ‘Household’ Words in God’s Way?
PART SEVEN: Thu.Mar29@7:30pm
Do We Make Disciples Who Take, Eat and Drink? (1 Cor. 11:27ff) “…And Teaching All Things”
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 3.25.18 Part One [pending edits]
The Sermon:Do We Make Disciples Who Take, Eat and Drink?
PART EIGHT: Fri.Mar30@7:30pm
Baptized in the Water and the Blood of the Lamb? (1Jo 5:1-9/John 19:14-37) God’s Testimony
Read: Sunday Bible Study Notes From 3.25.18 Part Two [pending edits]
The Sermon: Baptized in the Water and the Blood of the Lamb?
Christians care very much about Baptism. Rightly so! For our Lord Jesus Himself commands His Church to give and to receive this Baptism. He says, “Go and make disciples of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all things which I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28) The Bible bears witness to the practice and significance of the Lord’s Baptism in most every book of the New Testament. Evangelists and Apostles assign Baptism this prominent place in Christian teaching and spirituality for our united life together as God’s name-bearing, New Testament people.
God’s Word says a lot about Baptism. Yet God’s people have not always agreed like they should about whom their Lord says should be baptized, or when, how, and why! Such Baptism questions are no new problem, the Bible shows us. The First Century Christians honestly and openly address it. From our Lord’s dispute with Jewish Pharisees to the apostolic letters for all churches of “all nations,” God’s inspired Word teaches, rebukes, corrects and trains all alike as we hear the Word of God and keep it. Sadly, at times, our own questions just aren’t like theirs!
In this Lenten season of repentance and remembrance, come along on a journey to sit at the feet of our Lord and His apostles. Together, we hear their questions answered, with prayers for reconciliation and greater harmony within His “one, holy, Christian and apostolic Church.” Our community cares about Baptism (and we baptized care for our community)! Thus all of our 7:30pm Wednesday services this Lent are open to the public. Gather, learn & rejoice with us,
“For there is one hope to which you are called
–one Lord, one faith, one Baptism–
one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4)
Fellow Christians and Kind Readers,
This page serves as a central hub for the entire 2018 Lent sermon and study series. Above please find links to articles, service readings, written text and audio versions of the sermons as they are made available.
Bookmark and return to this page throughout February and March 2018 for updates. New items posted to the blog individually will be linked also from here each week. The Lord bless your time with us in His Word–and enjoy!
At your service in Christ,
Rev. Jeffery Warner, Pastor of
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Laurel, NE (USA)
A congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS)
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