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From Spiritual Death to Spiritual Life (CC)

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ZION EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 6, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 9: DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE WICKED WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? DO NOT BE DECEIVED: NEITHER THE SEXUALLY IMMORAL NOR IDOLATERS NOR ADULTERERS NOR MALE PROSTITUTES NOR HOMOSEXUAL OFFENDERS NOR THIEVES NOR THE GREEDY NOR DRUNKARDS NOR SLANDERERS NOR SWINDLERS WILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. AND THAT IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: I COULD EASILY ADMIT THAT I WAS NOT A GREAT STUDENT. WASN'T THE WORST ONE EITHER. I WOULD SAY PRETTY MUCH AVERAGE. I CAN TELL YOU WHERE I DID EXCEL, WHERE I HAD TEACHERS WHO MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO ME WHAT WAS IMPORTANT. TEACHERS WHO CONTINUALLY POINTED OUT: THIS IS SOMETHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. OR: THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. OR: THIS IS WHAT IS GOING TO BE ON THE TEST. INSTEAD OF THOSE TEACHERS WHO THOUGHT THAT EVERY SINGLE WORD THAT CAME OUT OF THEIR MOUTH WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I HAD TO LEARN AND THEY DRONED ON FOR 50 MINUTES AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK EXPECTING ME TO REMEMBER EACH AND EVERY FACT OF THAT MONOTONE DIALOGUE. DIDN'T WORK FOR ME. [MY] MIND DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY. MY MIND HAS TO KNOW WHAT IS IMPORTANT. IT HAS TO GET SPELLED OUT FOR ME. IT IS THAT SIMPLE SOMETIMES FOR ME IN MY LIFE. THAT'S WHY SOMETIMES WITH THE APOSTLE PAUL, I GET A LITTLE FRUSTRATED. BECAUSE THE APOSTLE PAUL CERTAINLY CAN IN HIS ELOQUENCE GO ON AND ON AND ON AS HE CONTINUES TO MAKE A POINT. VERY WELL REASONED, VERY LOGICAL, VERY LAID OUT. I APPRECIATE IT MUCH MORE SAY, IN OUR TEXT FOR THIS MORNING, WHEN HE GETS RIGHT TO THE POINT. THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW. KNOW THIS: YOU WERE WASHED. YOU WERE SANCTIFIED. YOU WERE REDEEMED. AND WHAT A TREMENDOUS MESSAGE THAT IS FOR US TO BE REMINDED OF EVERY TIME WE COME TO WORSHIP TO BE REMINDED EVERY DAY THAT GOD HAS WASHED US CLEAN FROM OUR SINS. THAT GOD IS THE ONE WHO HAS SANCTIFIED US BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT. THAT WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED BY THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST. TO KNOW THAT IN MY LIFE IS THE THING THAT EMPOWERS ME; IT GIVES ME CONFIDENCE EACH AND EVERY DAY; IT REMINDS ME OF HOW BLESSED I AM TO BE A CHILD OF GOD. HOW MUCH GOD HAS FORGIVEN ME. AND THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION FOR US. WHAT WAS THE DEBT THAT GOD FORGAVE YOU? AND WHEN JESUS USED THAT SAME KIND OF LOGIC IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON FOR TODAY. WHEN HE SAID THERE WERE TWO MEN, ONE OWED A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY, ONE OWED A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY. NEITHER ONE OF THEM COULD PAY IT. BUT THE MAN FORGAVE THEIR DEBT. WHO LOVED HIM MORE? SIMON REPLIED: WELL, I SUPPOSE IT'S THE ONE WHO HAD THE GREATER DEBT. AND THAT PROBABLY IS VERY TRUE. AND WHEN WE, AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, REALIZE THE DEBT THAT GOD REMOVED FROM US, OUR LOVE FOR HIM WILL GROW AND IT WILL EXPAND. AND JUST A VERY SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF THAT: PAUL BEGAN OUR SERMON TEXT FOR THIS MORNING WITH A LIST OF PRETTY BIG SINS THAT HE GOES THROUGH. DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE WICKED ARE NOT GOING TO INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF LIFE? THAT WHOLE LIST THAT IS THERE THAT GETS READ IN OUR HEARING. WHEN WE START THAT LIST WERE YOU THINKING THAT'S ME. THAT'S YOU. THAT'S ME, TOO. THERE I AM IN THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE. OR DID THE FACT IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND I KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST LIKE THAT WHO ARE SO WICKED. I KNOW THOSE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ADULTERERS. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IMMORAL. THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE GREEDY. I KNOW THAT AND I SURE WISH THAT THEY COULD HEAR THIS CUZ THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. BUT ISN'T IT AMAZING AT THE END OF THAT LIST, PAUL SAYS: AND THIS IS WHAT SOME OF YOU WERE. THAT IS WHAT SOME OF US WERE. AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY HERE WHO WANTS TO STAND UP THIS MORNING TO START SAYING WHAT THEY WERE LIKE IN THEIR LIFE. WHAT THOUGHTS THEY HAVE THOUGHT IN THEIR LIFE. WHAT SINS THEY HAVE COMMITTED RUNNING IT ON SOME KIND OF FOREVER YOUTUBE UP HERE FOR PEOPLE TO SEE. IT IS A REMINDER TO US THAT OUTSIDE OF THE WORK OF GOD WE WERE CONDEMNED TO AN ETERNITY IN HELL. OUR LIFE WAS NOT LIVED IN LOVE. OUR LIFE WAS LIVED SELFISHLY. IT WAS LIVED FOR WHAT WE COULD GET OUT OF IT AND THAT WAS ALL. IT WAS GOD WHO CAME INTO OUR LIFE. IT WAS GOD WHO CALLED US TO BE HIS OWN. IT WAS GOD WHO CAME IN AND WASHED AWAY OUR SINS IN THAT SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM. WITH THAT SIMPLE ACT OF APPLYING WATER AND THE WORD OUR DIRT WAS REMOVED FROM US. A DIRT THAT WE COULDN'T AND DIDN'T WANT REMOVED. I CAN REMEMBER JUST LIKE WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID AND WE'D BE SITTING IN CHURCH AND MY MOM WOULD TAKE A WHITE HANKIE OUT OF HER SLEEVE AND SPIT ON IT AND I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING. AND THERE WAS NO WAY SHE WAS GONNA GET THAT DIRT OFF MY FACE. THAT'S HOW WE WERE WITH GOD. WE DON'T WANNA GO TO GOD. WE DON'T WANT GOD AT ALL. WE DON'T NEED HIM. BUT GOD CAME TO US. AND BY THE POWER OF HIS WORD, HE WASHED AWAY OUR SINS. OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM US AND WE LIVE IN THAT UNDERSTANDING AND IT'S IN THAT UNDERSTANDING THAT WE THEN IN TURN KNOW HOW TO SHOW LOVE TO OTHER PEOPLE. TO REACH OUT WITH THAT SAME KNOWLEDGE TO TEACH THEM THAT THEIR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED. WE HAVE BEEN SET APART BY GOD. GIVEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR BAPTISM TO LIVE WITH US AND TO WORK WITH US EACH AND EVERY DAY TO SHOW THAT FAITH; TO SHOW THAT UNDERSTANDING. WHEN WE KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIFE. AND THAT DIFFERENCE CAN BE DRAMATIC. LOOK AT THIS PERSON OF MANASSEH WHO WAS A HORRIBLE KING; WHO WAS A HORRIBLE LEADER OF GOD'S PEOPLE WHO DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO PROMOTE THE FALSE IDOLS OF THE LAND THAT GOD HAD BROUGHT HIS PEOPLE TO. HE DESECRATED THE ALTAR OF GOD. HE PUT UP ALTARS TO FALSE GODS IN THE TEMPLE. YET WHEN GOD COMES TO HIM AND CAUSES HIM TO BE REPENTANT BY HAVING HIM DRAGGED OUT OF HIS OWN COUNTRY WITH A HOOK IN HIS NOSE, SHACKLES ON HIS FEET, THAT MANASSEH REPENTS AND RETURNS TO JUDAH AND SHOWS THE FRUITS OF HIS REPENTANCE. LIVES AS THE HOLY CHILD OF GOD, CORRECTS WHAT HE DID THAT WAS WRONG, GOES OUT AND REMOVES WHAT HE PUT UP. AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, WE REALIZE THAT WE LIVE IN THAT FORGIVENESS. AND IT MEANS THAT WHEN WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST SOMEONE, WE GO BACK TO THEM AND WE FIX IT. WE DON'T HOLD GRUDGES. WE DON'T HATE THEM FOREVER. BUT WE SHOW THEM THE LOVE OF GOD BECAUSE HE LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE WASHED AWAY OUR SINS. AND HAS GIVEN US THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH. A LIFE OF FAITH THAT JUST SHOWS IN THE SIMPLEST OF DEEDS. SIMON CAME TO JESUS AND IS ALL UPSET CUZ HE WAS TOUCHING A SINNER. OH, IF HE KNEW WHAT THAT WOMAN WAS, OH HE WOULDN'T EVEN BE NEAR HER. REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID TO HIM? YOU DIDN'T GIVE ME ANY WATER TO WASH MY FEET. SHE DID IT WITH HER TEARS. YOU DIDN'T GIVE ME ANY OIL FOR MY HEAD. SHE'S THE ONE WHO POURED PERFUME ON MY FEET. YOU DIDN'T KISS ME IN GREETING AND SHE HAS NOT STOPPED KISSING MY FEET. HOW OFTEN AREN'T WE THE SIMONS OF TODAY? UPRIGHT RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE SO GOOD AT LOOKING DOWN ON THOSE WHO AREN'T LIKE US. THOSE SINNERS; THOSE PEOPLE WHO JUST DON'T SHOW ANY RESPECT FOR GOD. AND YET GOD COMES TO THOSE PEOPLE AND SAYS: THEY SHOW LOVE. THEY UNDERSTAND THE DEBT THAT HAS BEEN FORGIVEN. AND THEY DON'T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THEIR FAITH IN SIMPLE EVERYDAY TREATMENT OF OTHER PEOPLE. BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED WE HAVE BEEN PURCHASED BY OUR GOD TO BE HIS OWN. TO LIVE AS HIS OWN. PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. REDEEMED, BOUGHT BACK, FROM THE HANDS AND THE GRASP OF SATAN HIMSELF. SO THAT WE WOULD NOT BE SPENDING AN ETERNITY IN HELL. BUT HEAVEN IS OURS! IT'S OPEN TO US AND WE LIVE IN THAT KNOWLEDGE. WE HAVE NO FEAR OF WHAT HAPPENS IN DEATH. WE HAVE NO FEAR THAT GOD IS NOT WITH US EACH AND EVERY DAY. NOT ONLY BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT BUT AS THE LORD OF OUR LIFE. HE DIDN'T PURCHASE US TO THROW US UNDER THE BED OR IN THE BACK OF THE CLOSET LIKE SOME UNUSED TOY OR SOME SWEATER THAT WE DON'T LIKE ANY MORE. HE PURCHASED US TO BE HIS OWN. TO LIVE WITH HIM. TO LOVE HIM. AND TO SERVE HIM IN FAITHFULNESS AND GRATITUDE FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE. BECAUSE ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR TO KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE STATEMENT THAT GOD SAVED SINNERS. THAT GOD SAVED ME. BY HIS LOVE. THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS SON. BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND GOD WANTS US TO KNOW THAT. TO TRUST THAT. TO HOLD ONTO THAT. TO BELIEVE THAT EACH AND EVERY DAY OF OUR LIFE AND THERE TO FIND OUR STRENGTH. THAT OUR SINS HAVE BEEN WASHED AWAY. THAT WE HAVE BEEN SANCTIFIED, MADE HOLY SET APART FROM THE WORLD TO LIVE AS GOD'S PEOPLE. PURCHASED AS HIS OWN. TO SERVE HIM IN ALL HOLINESS AND BLESSEDNESS ... NOT JUST FEAR. THAT WE LOOK FORWARD AND LONG FOR THAT DAY WHEN WE WILL DO IT ETERNALLY. I SAID A LOT OF WORDS TO YOU THIS MORNING. BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS: YOU WERE WASHED. YOU WERE SANCTIFIED. YOU WERE REDEEMED. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

Video Details

Duration: 15 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 39
Posted by: hischild on Jun 17, 2013

This June 16, 2013 Closed Captioned sermon, based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, reveals God's seriousness about sin and His grace to us through faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. www.ziontorrance.info

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