Sermon by Robert Preus Preached at CTS Chapel April 26, 1983

The following sermon was preached by my grandfather, who was a pastor, seminary professor and president of Concordia Theological Seminary. He died on November 4, 1995 and will be remembered by many this All Saints Day. This sermon is about … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — All Saints

With the eyes of faith and the Word of God we are given this morning to see what the apostle sees.  Like Moses standing atop Mt. Nebo we gaze in one direction and we see mighty Israel gathered for war.  12,000 from each tribe.  144,000 from the 12 tribes; Christ’s mighty Church symbolically portrayed as an army arrayed for battle, the Church militant.  Clothed with the whole armor of God they wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12 ESV).   Theirs is a righteous battle, a just war, a good fight for whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,  (Phi 4:8 ESV).

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“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Reformation

Four hundred ninety nine years ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg he wasn’t just making a statement.  He wasn’t just stating an opinion or putting forth some pious idea about how things should be in the church.  No!  Luther was making an assertion the first of which read, “when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ‘repent’ He willed that the whole life of the Christian be one of repentance.”   He was following the Savior’s pattern.  For when Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  Jesus made an assertion.  That’s what truth does. That’s what truth is.  Truth is an assertion of reality in the face of its denial.  Jesus was asserting the truth of His Word and the power of the gospel to set captives free and He was asserting that truth in the face of those who would justify themselves.

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“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Luke 18:9-17) “The one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Now I don’t know if our Lord was talking about my Chicago Cubs there or not, but finally my humble Cubbies have been exalted. … Continue reading

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Continue in the Sacred Writings” (2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5) In our Epistle reading today, St. Paul commends Timothy–and I would commend all of us–to the word of God. More specifically, I commend you to the continued study of Scripture, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Hope in His Vindication

Proper 24 — October 16, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 18:1-8 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and … Continue reading

“Remember Jesus Christ” (Sermon on 2 Timothy 2:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Remember Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:1-13) Do you ever get a little worried or fearful about what you might have to go through in order to live out your calling as a Christian? I mean, that your being a Christian … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Incarnate Promises

Jesus is on the move.  He has been ever since His descent from the Mount of Transfiguration.  He’s heading south, making His way to Jerusalem.  The bridegroom is coming.  This is His advent.  He is flanked by His attendants, friends of the bridegroom who delight in His voice, while He cries out to the highways and byways, to the crowds and multitudes, the scribes and Pharisees, to Jew and Gentile, sinner and tax collector in order to fill the wedding hall.  Thus our Savior’s steps are marked by love and the desire for your salvation.  So your God is on the move to redeem the world from sin, death, devil and hell.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Our Life Together

October 2, 2016 – Proper 22 Sermon Text — Luke 17:1-10 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_10-2-16,__Scandal_.m4a   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s … Continue reading

“Teach Your Children Well” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Teach Your Children Well” (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; 3:14-17) I don’t know if you noticed it, but today we’re having a Christian education emphasis in our service. Four of our hymns today are from the Christian education section of … Continue reading

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Counting on Grace

September 18, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 16:1-15 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_09-18-2016.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is … Continue reading

“Faithful Stewards” (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faithful Stewards” (Luke 16:1-15) In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. This story is also known as the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. The terms are interchangeable: dishonest or unrighteous; manager or steward. But … Continue reading

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10 and 1 Timothy 1:5-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17) Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Carried by His Word from the Wilderness to the Rail

Without words we would be forever lost. It is words that brought creation into being. It is words that condemned sin and the works of the devil. And it is words that restored Adam and His descendants through the promised Messiah. Without words, especially God’s Word we would be forever lost, forever hiding in the bushes, forever captivated and held captive by our sins. And so it is with Words that the God who made the heavens, the earth, and all therein, gives to us new life. Words give us life because God’s Word give us God’s life, the life of His Son, who comes to us and carries us along. The Word who was in the beginning with God has become flesh and dwelt among us. It is God’s Word in the Jordan sanctifying the waters of baptism as a lavish flood that washes away sin. It is God’s Word in the wilderness casting Satan away. It is God’s Word that heals the sick, enlightens eyes, opens ears and loosens tongues, even raises the dead. God’s grace comes to us through His Words and without His Words we would be lost forever.

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“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 43:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Isaiah 43:1-7) “When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” This is the Lord’s promise to his people. You heard it … Continue reading

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Sermon on Psalm 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Psalm 1) One of the delights of late summer is all the delicious fruit that we get to enjoy, fruit that the fruit trees have produced: peaches, apples, cherries. Juicy, ripe, sweet–the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Way of Discipleship

God’s Children are His baptized children.  Israel was baptized in the Red Sea, you were baptized in water and the word.  God’s children are His baptized children.  As His baptized children the Lord sets before you life and death, good and evil, not to tempt you – for the Lord tempts no one but to teach you that there is always a way from God and in the end that way leads to eternal death.  Jesus is the only way to God and wherever Jesus goes there is life and there is all good.  In the waters of Baptism is life because Jesus is in the waters of baptism.  All is good in Jairus’ home because Jesus comes to Jairus’ home.  There is life and there is all good in this place not because we are here, but because Jesus is here with His life-giving gifts.

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“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Luke 14:1-14) Suppose you’re invited to a banquet–a wedding banquet, for instance–so you get dressed up in your best clothes, and you get there, and you see some seats that are open at the various tables. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him

They were watching Him, but their eyes couldn’t see His heart.  There were listening, but their ears were deaf to His Word.  It is the Sabbath and the teacher has been invited to a ruler of the Pharisees house for the traditional “Sabbath meal”.  They were watching Him closely.  “Jesus was not invited as a friend, but how He might be sized up, trapped, used.”  They were watching Him closely when all of a sudden in walks a man with dropsy.  We would call it edema today.  He was bloated.  His flesh full of water.  His status “unclean.”

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — His Gifted Children

Every day it was right there in black and white except for Sundays, on Sunday’s it was in bright brilliant color.  Every day, a man named Gary Larson would give me and anyone who cared to look, a picture of the far side, a window, if you will into a world full of irony, humor, and flat out hilarious absurdities.  How many deer are born with a perfect bull’s eye for a birth mark?  How many poodles actually plot the death of their master and then lament that the pampering will end?

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“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30) Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet … Continue reading

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Sermon on Luke 12:49-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Luke 12:49-53) “‘I came to cast fire on the earth. How great is my distress! I have come to bring division on earth. From now on households will be … Continue reading

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34) “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about … Continue reading