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  • "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday of Easter, on Acts)

    06/04/2011 9:12:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 5, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts)“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the basis for our sermon series here at St. Matthew’s this Easter season. We have seen these themes emerge in our readings from the Book of Acts, for “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” can be said to characterize the life of the early church. But not only so, these aspects of the early church’s life are true for us as well. And so...
  • "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen" (Sermon for Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 6-7)

    05/21/2011 11:53:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60)“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these three headings. In connection with this, our synod is using the New Testament Greek words associated with these aspects of the church’s life: Martyria, “Witness,” the bold testimony that Christians give to their Savior, often in the face of hostility and persecution. Diakonia, literally “Service,” but especially, service in the form of works of “Mercy.” And third, Koinonia, “Fellowship,” or to...
  • "Koinonia: The Church's Life Together" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 2:42-47)

    05/14/2011 9:54:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 15, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47)During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church showing the compassion of Christ in serving people in need. Life Together: The church being the fellowship, the family, that Christ has formed for himself. We see each of these aspects of the church’s life well on display here in the Book of Acts. The last couple of weeks, the readings have focused on “Witness,” the church boldly proclaiming the word...
  • "Witnesses Worthy of the Name" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter. on Acts 5:29-42)

    04/30/2011 10:49:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 1, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42)Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that will still be somewhat fresh in your mind. In any case, I think it will be timely and helpful for us to reflect on these glimpses of life in the early church, for in many ways the time of the early church, the conditions they faced, parallels the situation of the church in our day. They lived in a world that...