Sunday, November 7, 2010

Feast of All Saints

Today's readings were Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 5:1-12; the sermon text was Matthew 7:21.

Where are you going? To death, or to life? No one wants Christ to say at the judgment, "I never knew you." It's not enough to have heard of Him, to know of Him. That won't admit you to heaven - and hell is a terrible place. Scripture assures us of this: Matthew 7:13 says "Broad is the road that leads to destruction"; John 3:18b says "But whoever does not believe in Him stands condemned already."

Recipe for disaster:
  • Unbelief
  • Lack of prayer
  • Ignoring the Word of God
  • Focus on earthly things
  • Lack of worship
  • Refusal of the Sacraments
Recipe for life (pre-baked):
  • God is the preparer! It is ours by faith already!
  • Finished work on the Cross
  • Blood of Christ
  • His washing of us in Baptism
  • Truth of His words (John 6:47)
  • Holy Communion
Don't mix the two recipes - it produces eternal disaster. Matthew 7:20 shows the visible results of Life. Know the living by their fruit; taste Christ and see!

Soli Deo gloria.

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