Sermon 03.25.12 - Ashes to Fire #5


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Ashes to Fire #5

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Sermon 03.25.12 - Ashes to Fire #5

  1. 1. 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go fromyour country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “Iwill make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
  2. 2. 6Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh atShechem. At that time the Canaanites werein the land. 7The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring [seed] I will give this land.”
  3. 3. 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed andso became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waverthrough unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory toGod, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
  4. 4. 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who hadembraced the promises was about to sacrificehis one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abrahamreasoned that God could even raise the dead,and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
  5. 5. 16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He isthe father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I havemade you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom hebelieved—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
  6. 6. 16I will make your seed like the dust of theearth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your seed could be counted.
  7. 7. 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of thiscreation. 12 He did not enter by means of theblood of goats and calves; but he entered theMost Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
  8. 8. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.14 How much more,then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
  9. 9. 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courtshe found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturnedtheir tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
  10. 10. 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign canyou show us to prove your authority to do all this?”19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
  11. 11. 14For he himself is our peace, who has madethe two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.
  12. 12. 23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to theground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
  13. 13. 16Don’t you know that you yourselves areGod’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
  14. 14. 25Anyone who loves their life will lose it,while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
  15. 15. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me;
  16. 16. • and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
  17. 17. 26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselveswith Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male andfemale, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 Ifyou belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.