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Luther's Reformation Continues (CC)

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OCTOBER 29, 2017 SERMON [TEXT IS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE NIV 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] GRACE AND MERCY AND PEACE ARE YOURS FROM GOD THE FATHER AND FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. OUR SERMON TEXT HERE TODAY IS FOUND IN MATTHEW, CHAPTER 10, BEGINNING AT THE 16TH VERSE. THESE WORDS OF JESUS ENCOURAGING US TO STAND FIRM IN THE TRUTH! "I AM SENDING YOU OUT LIKE SHEEP AMONG WOLVES. THEREFORE BE AS SHREWD AS SNAKES AND INNOCENT AS DOVES. BE ON YOUR GUARD; YOU WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE LOCAL COUNCILS AND BE FLOGGED IN THE SYNOGOGUES. ON MY ACCOUNT YOU WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS AS WITNESSES TO THEM AND AS TO THE GENTILES. BUT WHEN THEY ARREST YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT TO SAY OR HOW TO SAY IT. AT THAT TIME YOU WILL BE GIVEN WHAT TO SAY, FOR IT WILL NOT BE YOU SPEAKING, BUT THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER SPEAKING THROUGH YOU. BROTHER WILL BETRAY BROTHER TO DEATH, AND A FATHER HIS CHILD; CHILDREN WILL REBEL AGAINST THEIR PARENTS AND HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH. YOU WILL BE HATED BY EVERYONE BECAUSE OF ME, BUT THE ONE WHO STANDS FIRM TO THE END WILL BE SAVED. WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED IN ONE PLACE, FLEE TO ANOTHER. TRULY I TELL YOU, YOU WILL NOT FINISH GOING THROUGH THE TOWNS OF ISRAEL BEFORE THE SON OF MAN COMES." [MATTHEW 10:16-23] THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST JESUS: WHEN WAS THE LAST CROSSROAD OF YOUR FAITH? BY CROSSROADS I MEAN THE LAST TIME THAT YOUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS RAN UP AGAINST MAYBE THE LIFESTYLES OF ANOTHER PERSON, SOME OF WHOM THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD DO WHATEVER THEY FELT BEST AND THEY CLAIM THAT RIGHT AND WRONG OR, WELL, THEY CHANGE WITH THE SITUATION. IT DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION WHETHER A THING IS GOOD OR BAD. MAYBE THEIR REASONABLE ARGUMENTS WERE QUITE CONVINCING. MAYBE IT WAS IN A CONVERSATION WITH A NEIGHBOR. HIS DOUBTS LED YOU TO START TO DOUBT AS HE WAS LAMENTING WHAT HE SAW ON THE NEWS, AND THE DISGUSTING CRIME, TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, AND THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS, NATURAL DISASTERS AND PEOPLE LOSING THINGS, AND LOSING LOVED ONES. HE IN DOUBT CONCLUDED A LOVING GOD WOULD NEVER ALLOW ANYTHING LIKE THAT TO HAPPEN. A CROSSROADS IN YOUR FAITH MEANS YOU ARE FACING A CHOICE BETWEEN FOLLOWING GOD'S REVEALED WORD IN THE BIBLE AND FOLLOWING SOMETHING ELSE. MARTIN LUTHER HIMSELF FACED SUCH A CROSSROADS OF THE FAITH AND IN A VERY VERY DRAMATIC WAY. THE MOST POWERFUL GOVERNMENT OF HIS DAY DEMANDED THAT HE RENOUNCE THE TEACHINGS THAT HE WAS SHARING; THOSE TEACHINGS THAT WERE BASED ON THE BIBLE. WELL, GOD BLESSED LUTHER TO COME UP WITH WORDS THAT STUCK TO THE TRUTH, AND IN ANY CROSSROADS IN THE FAITH THAT YOU AND I FACE TODAY, WE ARE REMINDED THAT LUTHER'S REFORMATION WORK IS NOT DONE! HIS WORK IS NOT DONE. IT'S BECAUSE YOU SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED WHEN YOU'RE CHALLENGED WITH QUESTIONS OR DOUBTS ABOUT FOLLOWING GOD FIRST. OR FOLLOWING SOMETHING ELSE. YOU KNOW, ABOUT MAKING THAT CHOICE. JESUS PREPARED YOU AND ME BY THESE WORDS THAT HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES: "I AM SENDING YOU OUT LIKE SHEEP AMONG WOLVES." TO THOSE OF US WHO GREW UP IN THE CITY, WE MAY NEED TO CONTEMPLATE THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE. NOW IF YOU WERE A SHEEP RANCHER OR A SHEEP FARMER, YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK TOO DEEPLY ABOUT IT TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS SITUATION. SHEEP, AMONG WOLVES IS NO, UH, IS NOT ... THAT'S A FRIGHTENING THOUGHT TO BE SHEEP SURROUNDED BY WOLVES! THE DISCIPLES ... THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS DO FACE SITUATIONS LIKE THAT. BECAUSE SERVANTS ARE NOT ABOVE THEIR MASTER. CHRIST JESUS SUFFERED. CHRIST JESUS HAD PEOPLE HATE HIM. EVEN KILL HIM. IS IT SUCH THAT WE SHOULD EXPECT SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT JESUS SUFFERED? WE ARE HIS FOLLOWERS. WE CAN BE EXPECTED, EXPECT TO BE HATED AS JESUS WAS BECAUSE THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT HUMAN BEINGS DON'T LIKE TO BE TOLD ABOUT THEIR SINS. IT'S TRUE ABOUT ME, TOO. RIGHT? I DON'T LIKE TO BE TOLD. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO HAVE THEIR FAULTS AND FAILURES POINTED OUT TO THEM. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO BE TOLD THAT GOD DOESN'T ... GOD DOESN'T NEED TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING. GOD DOESN'T OWE YOU SOMETHING. THEY LIKE TO THINK THEY CAN ACCOMPLISH A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY THEIR ACTIONS. BY DOING THINGS THEMSELVES WHEN THE MESSAGE IS SHARED; THE MESSAGE - THE TRUE MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS CHRIST. THE MESSAGE THAT JESUS' DISCIPLES HAD TO SHARE. THEY, WOULD SUSPECT OPPOSITION AS YOU AND I CAN EXPECT OPPOSITION. AND THAT OPPOSITION JESUS SHARED WILL PROVIDE US WITH AN OPPORTUNITY. HE EVEN SAID: BE SHREWD AS SNAKES AND AS INNOCENT AS DOVES. TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF WORK FOR UNDERSTANDING THERE. BUT TO BE WISE AND SHREWD; WISE IN YOUR DEALINGS WITH EVEN YOUR OPPONENTS. HOW OFTEN IT MAY BE THAT THOSE WHO OPPOSE THAT MESSAGE OF CHRIST DON'T HAVE A FULL KNOWLEDGE OF IT OR AT LEAST IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER ARE PRICKED IN THEIR CONSCIENCES. AND I THINK THE ONLY WAY TO GET RID OF THAT PRICKING OF THEIR CONSCIENCES IS TO GET RID OF THE MESSENGER! WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SHREWD AND REVEAL THE FAITH THAT YOU HAVE, THAT YOU HOLD TO, AND THE TRUTH THAT THEY CAN HOLD TO AS WELL. BUT TO BE INNOCENT AS DOVES, WE'RE NOT GONNA BE SHREWD AND TRICKY. RATHER WE'RE GONNA BE HONEST AND INNOCENT AND BOLD IN THAT TRUTH OF CHRIST. NOT FOR OUR OWN GLORY, BUT FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. AND NEVER COMPROMISE IT IN ANY WAY WITH EVIL. FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, MARTIN LUTHER LIVED IN A DAY WHEN THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH HAD YIELDED TO THE NATURAL HUMAN DREAM OF BEING RIGHT WITH GOD BY EARNING GOD'S FAVOR. PRIESTS WERE SELLING FORGIVENESS; LITERALLY PEDDLING PARDONS AT A PRICE. NOT ONLY WAS IT EASIER TO EXPLAIN TO GIVE GOD SOMETHING AND GETTING SOMETHING BACK IN RETURN. IT WAS A WAY THAT THE CHURCH BROUGHT THE POWER AND FINANCIAL REWARD IN ITS DAY, BUT ... YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD IT FOR THE 500TH TIME, HAVEN'T YOU, ABOUT LUTHER'S PERSONAL DISCOVERY OF THE GOSPEL? IT BROUGHT TO LIFE THOSE WONDERFUL TRUTHS ABOUT ... ABOUT OUR SINFULNESS, BUT THEN HOW GOD CLEARED UP THAT PROBLEM BY HIS WORK. BY THE GRACE OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST CAME TO THIS EARTH AND HE DID EVERYTHING. CHRIST JESUS IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. THE VERY RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS THAT GOD DEMANDS OF YOU AND OF ME; IT IS THE HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT I RECEIVE FROM CHRIST BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS: DYING TO PAY FOR MY SINS AND RISING FROM THE DEAD TO ASSURE ME THAT I AM DECLARED INNOCENT. AND YOU ARE, TOO! THAT IS THE TRUTH OF THE REFORMATION THAT WE HOLD TO. THAT IS THE HALLMARK EVEN AT REFORMATION 500, JUST LIKE REFORMATION 1. THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME. CHRIST HAS SAVED US BY HIS GRACE! IT'S THE CORE OF THE LUTHERAN REFORMATION. BUT CONSIDERING REFORMATION 500, CONSIDERING LUTHER'S DISCOVERY, OR REDISCOVERY, WE KNOW THAT HE WAS MET WITH OPPOSITION. HISTORICALLY, HE ACTUALLY MET THE OPPOSISTION OF TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN IN THE WORLD OF HIS DAY: POPE LEO X AND THE ROMAN EMPEROR, CHARLES V. AND ACTUALLY CHARLES V, AS THE HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, WAS A MORE POWERFUL MAN THAN THE WORLD HAD SEEN FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. HIS CONTROL OVER EUROPE EXTENDED TO MANY, MANY PARTS OUTSIDE OF EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD. HE DEMANDED, ALONG WITH THE POPE, THAT LUTHER TAKE BACK HIS TEACHINGS BECAUSE IT WAS A CHALLENGE TO HIS AUTHORITY AND A CHALLENGE TO HIS POWER. THAT TEACHING OF SALVATION BY GRACE ALONE! BUT LUTHER HELD ONTO THE TRUTH. HE STOOD FIRM AND THE WORDS OF THE GOSPEL IN OUR TEXT TODAY WERE WORDS THAT MARTIN LUTHER RECEIVED AS QUITE A BIT OF COMFORT, ESPECIALLY ON THAT NIGHT AT THE DIET OF WORMS WHERE HE WAS TOLD TO TAKE BACK WHAT HE HAD TAUGHT. YOU CAN PICTURE LUTHER TALKING WITH HIS FRIENDS AND RECEIVING THE COUNSEL OF HIS FRIENDS AND PRAYING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT'S GUIDANCE, AND OPENING SCRIPTURE AS HE ASKED FOR ONE DAY TO CONSIDER WHAT WAS GOING ON. CONSIDER THE WORDS OF OUR GOSPEL TEXT IN THAT SITUATION. "BE ON YOUR GUARD AGAINST MEN; THEY WILL HAND YOU OVER TO THE LOCAL COUNCILS AND FLOG YOU IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES. ON MY ACCOUNT," JESUS SAID, "YOU WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS AS WITNESSES TO THEM AND TO THE GENTILES. BUT WHEN THEY ARREST YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WHAT TO SAY OR HOW TO SAY IT. AT THAT TIME YOU WILL BE GIVEN WHAT TO SAY, FOR IT WILL NOT BE YOU SPEAKING, BUT THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER SPEAKING THROUGH YOU." AND SO THE NEXT DAY BEFORE THE EMPEROR, MARTIN LUTHER KNEW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO SAY. IT WASN'T THAT HE HADN'T TRUSTED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND DIDN'T PREPARE. WE CAN ASSUME HE SPENT THE WHOLE NIGHT PREPARING AND FIGURING OUT THE EXACT WORDS TO RESPOND TO THAT DEMAND THAT HE TAKE BACK HIS TEACHINGS. UNLESS ..."UNLESS I CAN BE INSTRUCTED AND CONVINCED WITH EVIDENCE FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURE OR WITH OPEN, CLEAR, AND DISTINCT GROUNDS AND REASONING - AND MY CONSCIENCE IS CAPTIVE TO THE WORD OF GOD - THEN I CANNOT AND I WILL NOT RECANT. BECAUSE IT IS NEITHER SAFE NOR WISE TO ACT AGAINST CONSCIENCE. HERE I STAND. I CAN DO NO OTHER. GOD HELP ME. AMEN." THESE WERE HIS WORDS. AND THE GOOD SHEPHERD PROTECTED THAT SHEEP OF HIS - LUTHER - IN THAT FLOCK AMONG WOLVES. REFORMATION 500 IS NO DIFFERENT THATN REFORMATION 1. LUTHER'S REFORMATION WORK IS NOT DONE, BECAUSE THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES TODAY. WE ARE STILL SHEEP AMONG WOLVES. MANY ARE FEARFUL IN THIS LAND OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - THAT THAT FREEDOM MAY BE DISAPPEARING. MANY ARE FEARFUL THAT THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE OVERSTEPPING ITS BOUNDS. AND EVEN PRESENT EVIDENCE TO IT. SOMETHING THAT AGAIN WE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED ABOUT THAT WE MAY HAVE TO STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH EVEN WHEN IT'S INCONVENIENT FOR US IN A LAND OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. BUT I WILL SUBMIT THAT THERE IS A MORE SERIOUS CHALLENGE TO OUR FAITH, AN EVEN GREATER DANGER THAN POLITICAL POWERS OPPOSING US. IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS MUCH MORE SUBTLE. WHEN THE WORD OF SCRIPTURE IS SUBVERTED IN SUBTLE WAYS, BY MY OWN THINKING THAT I'VE GOTTA DO SOMETHING TO MAKE GOD HAPPY WITH ME." THAT WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS AFFECT OR THE THOUGHT THAT MANY CHRISTIAN CHURCHES WILL BRING UP. A SHIFT IN FOCUS THE SALVATION - THE SECURITY OF SALVATION BEING BASED ON JESUS CHRIST ALONE. A SHIFT IN THE FOCUS TO: "I GOT TO DECIDE TO FOLLOW HIM." SUCH A SHIFT IN FOCUS AGAIN TAKES - TAKES THE FAITH OFF OF CHRIST AND PUTS IT IN MY DECISION. I MET SOMEONE THIS WEEK AND THEY WERE TALKING TO ME ABOUT THIS GREAT TELEVANGELIST PREACHER IN A CHURCH THAT WAS AS BIG AS A FOOTBALL STADIUM AND FILLED WITH PEOPLE. BUT HIS MESSAGE WAS A MESSAGE OF 'SUCCESS RELIGION'. 'SUCCESS CHRISTIANITY'. TELLING THAT IF YOU LOVE JESUS ENOUGH, IF YOU FOLLOW HIM SINCERELY ENOUGH, HE WILL GRANT YOU BLESSINGS IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE AND, OH, HOW APPEALING THAT IS FOR ME TO FOLLOW. AND YET JESUS HAS PROMISED JUST THE OPPOSITE, HASN'T HE? HE HAS SENT US LIKE SHEEP AMONG WOLVES. THROUGH MUCH TRIAL AND TRIBULATION WE WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. AND SO FAITH WITH OPPOSITION, WHAT IS OUR RESPONSE? EH? LIKE I SAID: REFORMATION 500 IS NO DIFFERENT THAN REFORMATION 1. GO BACK TO THE HEART OF THE BIBLE. THE HEART OF THE REFORMATION: IT'S THE GOSPEL! BUT JESUS ASSURES US - HE GIVES US THE WORDS THAT WE NEED IN THOSE SITUATIONS. IN THOSE CHALLENGES OF A DECISION THEOLOGY OR A 'SUCCESS RELIGION' OR WHATEVER CHALLENGE IT MAY BE. DON'T BE ALARMED! JESUS TELLS US THAT HE WILL GIVE US THAT HOLY SPIRIT HE WILL GIVE US THAT HOLY SPIRIT AS WE KNOW THAT WORD OF GOD AND WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT. PERHAPS WE WILL HAVE A NIGHT LIKE MARTIN LUTHER TO PREPARE A DISCOURSE TO RESPOND TO SOME ACCUSATION. PERHAPS IT WILL BE OFF THE CUFF IN A NATURAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN NEIGHBORS. AND EVEN SO, WHEN WE KNOW THAT WORD OF SCRIPTURE WELL ENOUGH AND HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE AND HOLD IN OUR HEARTS - YES! GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GIVE US THE WORDS TO SPEAK EVEN IF WE SAY A FEW "UM'S" AND "AH'S" AND "I DON'T KNOWS", WE CAN SAY WHAT WE BELIEVE IN THAT GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD. YOU SEE, THIS CROWN OF LIFE IS OURS ONLY BY GRACE, ONLY THROUGH FAITH. AND IT'S A CROWN OF LIFE THAT BELONGS TO ALL OF US. SOME OF US HERE TODAY ARE NAMED STEVEN. WHICH MEANS: ONE WHO IS CROWNED. IT'S A FITTING NAME FOR A BELIEVER, BUT EVEN IF YOUR NAME IS RANDY OR RAY OR TRACY, OR JEAN, YOU HAVE THAT SAME CROWN. AND IT IS YOURS BY GOD'S GRACE, THROUGH THE FAITH THAT HE GIVES TO YOU, FOUND IN HIS WORD IN THE BIBLE. SCRIPTURE ALONE IS WHERE WE FIND THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH, SO LET'S HOLD ONTO IT IN THIS DAY. WHILE REFORMATION 500 IS THE SAME AS REFORMATION 1, IN THAT WE HAVE THE SAME TRUTHS TO HOLD ONTO, THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT REFORMATION 500 IS A BIT DIFFERENT. SO YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF IN THIS DAY AND AGE, HOW ARE YOU HOLDING ONTO YOUR BIBLE? OR IS IT COLLECTING DUST ON THE SHELF OR UNDERNEATH A PILE OF BOOKS? IS THE BIBLE APP ON YOUR PHONE 23RD ON YOUR LIST OF LATEST-USED APPS? ARE WE OPENING UP OUR BIBLES WITH OUR SPOUSES, WITH OUR CHILDREN? TO ADDRESS THE SITUATIONS THAT COME UP IN OUR SOCIETY THAT WE SEE ON TV? OR THAT WE SEE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS WHEN THOSE QUESTIONS COME UP ABOUT HUMAN SEXUALITY AND ABOUT HOW WE'RE GETTING TO HEAVEN AND WHATEVER ELSE IT MAY BE. LET US OPEN OUR BIBLES BECAUSE THAT REMAINS THE SOURCE OF OUR TRUTH. IT REMAINS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH. I KNOW YOU ARE IN CHURCH TODAY, BUT DON'T LET THE BIBLE BECOME A LOST BOOK LIKE IT WAS IN THE DAY OF MARTIN LUTHER. IT IS NO TIME TO BE DISTRACTED WHEN YOU ARE A SHEEP AMONG WOLVES. YOU WANT TO BE AS CLOSE TO THAT GOOD SHEPHERD AS YOU CAN ESPECIALLY IN THESE AMAZING, ALARMING WORDS THAT JESUS SPOKE: "BROTHER WILL BETRAY BROTHER TO DEATH, AND A FATHER HIS CHILD; CHILDREN WILL REBEL AGAINST THEIR PARENTS AND HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH. ALL MEN WILL HATE YOU BECAUSE OF ME. BUT HE WHO STANDS FIRM TO THE END WILL BE SAVED." WHEN PEOPLE DO HATE YOU BECAUSE OF JESUS, JESUS SAYS DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS. YOU KNOW, A MEMBER OF MY WORLD MISSION CHURCH IN NORTHERN MEXICO, LUPE, CAME TO THE FAITH. IT WAS ACTUALLY SOME 20 YEARS BEFORE I BECAME HER PASTOR IN THAT MISSION CHURCH. SHE WAS OSTRACIZED BY HER FAMILY. HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER PARENTS AND HER BROTHERS AND HER SISTER WAS NEVER THE SAME. AND LUPE HELD FIRM TO THAT TRUTH AND SHE BROUGHT UP HER CHILDREN IN THAT TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST: THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN, SALVATION BY FAITH ALONE. BY GRACE ALONE FOUND IN SCRIPTURE. AND WHEN PEOPLE DO HATE YOU BECAUSE OF JESUS, JESUS SAID DON'T WORRY ABOUT THIS. HE GIVES YOU THAT FREE COUNSELOR, A LOT BETTER LEGAL ADVISE THAN YOU CAN GET ANYWHERE ELSE WHEN STANDING ON SPIRITUAL MATTERS. AND YOU KNOW THAT COUNSELOR CHARGES ZERO DOLLARS AN HOUR - SENT TO YOU BY GOD IN THOSE SITUATIONS OF NEED. THOSE WHO STAND FIRM TO THE END WILL BE SAVED. YOU "DO" HAVE YOUR CROWN. AND SO WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO THE TWELVE, HE SAID: WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED IN ONE PLACE, LEAVE TO ANOTHER. I TELL YOU, YOU WILL NOT FINISH GOING THROUGH THE CITIES OF ISRAEL BEFORE THE SON OF MAN COMES. HE WAS ACTUALLY TELLING THEM THAT YOU WILL NOT FINISH YOUR WORK, BEFORE I HAVE FINISHED MINE. IN OTHER WORDS, LUTHER'S REFORMATION WORK IS STILL NOT DONE. REFORMATION 500 IS JUST LIKE REFORMATION 1. WE MUST CONTINUE TO DO THAT WORK OF STANDING ON THE WORD OF GOD AND HOLDING TO IT ON OUR WAY TO HEAVEN. WE DO NOT TAKE OUR STAND ON OUR DOING. WE TAKE OUR STAND ON THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST. AND JESUS HIMSELF PROMISES: "HE WHO STANDS FIRM TO THE END WILL BE SAVED." LET ME CONCLUDE THIS REFORMATION SERMON WITH WORDS FROM THE HYMN WE JUST SANG - THE THIRD VERSE. IT'S ACTUALLY A COMMENTARY, I WOULD SAY, ON THIS THOUGHT OF DON'T BE ALARMED EVEN IN THE FACE OF THE GREATEST TROUBLE. "THOUGH DEVILS ALL THE WORLD SHOULD FILL, ALL EAGER TO DEVOUR US, WE TREMBLE NOT, WE FEAR NO ILL; THEY SHALL NOT OVERPOW'R US. THIS WORLD'S PRINCE MAY STILL SCOWL FIERCE AS HE WILL, HE CAN HARM US NONE. HE'S JUDGED; THE DEED IS DONE! ONE LITTLE WORD CAN FELL HIM. CHRIST JESUS 'IS' THAT WORD THAT WE HOLD ONTO! AMEN. THAT WE HOLD ONTO! AMEN. [THE SEAL DEPICTING MARTIN LUTHER'S THEOLOGY] [THE SEAL DEPICTING MARTIN LUTHER'S THEOLOGY]

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