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Study & Share Sermon Blog

This is Pastor Jared's weekly sermon info and his weekly Study and Share devotional Bible study. Unless otherwise noted all sermons and studies are copyright Jared Stillions 2020-2021. The devotional Bible studies may be reproduced & shared for personal, non-sale use, provided this copyright notice is included. The studies are formatted two to a page to make sharing it easier. Weekly posts go live at 9:45 AM on Sundays. 

You can find his sermon podcast on the sermon-cast page. Check back each Sunday for new content. The podcast will soon be listed with major services. 
Why not put them on the same page? Due to limitations of our website builder.

By the way, here's the Lutheran Confessions, The Book of Concord, online and in the public domain. These writings, including Luther's Small & Large Catechisms are frequently referenced in these devotional studies. The Confessions are the historic doctrinal standard of the Lutheran Church and a faithful exposition of the Bible. You could say they are squared, leveled, and plumb by and to the Bible itself.  

Sunday, January 29 2023

Unconventional Wisdom
1 Corinthians 1:18-31  
It’s OK to feel dumb as a noob; enthusiasm makes it better  

Current Series:
What's Up with Baptism?
What? So what? Now what? Do What?

Study & Share Insert
...#1 St. Paul uses “boast” about 54 times in his letters. Perhaps Galatians 6:14 summarizes it best “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, & I to the world.” Consider particularly 1 Corinthians 4:7, 9:16; 2 Corinthians 10:17, 11:30, 12:9. What is Paul advocating for or against? Use your Bible’s study notes. See also Romans 3:21-28; 4:1-8, 5:1-11; Small Catechism: Creed 2; Small & Large Catechisms (#3 below) available bookofconcord.org 

Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2023-01-29_Epi04  

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Sunday, January 22 2023

Conquers Discord
1 Corinthians 1:10-18  
The act of Gospel repentance overcomes the cacophony of dissent, discord, disunity, & the like  

Current Series:
What's Up with Baptism?
What? So what? Now what? Do What?

Study & Share Insert
...#1  St. Paul repeats his point in v11 later in 11:18 (cf. 11:17-34); what purpose does he see coming from the division? How does Paul envision a resolution in 12:1--13:13? See also Philippians 2:1-11 
Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2023-01-22_Epi03  

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Sunday, January 15 2023

Tell About It
John 1:29-42
Judge Ziglar wrote, “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.”

Current Series:
What's Up with Baptism?
What? So what? Now what? Do What?

Study & Share Insert
...#5  Somewhere in your everyday life someone told you about Jesus & Holy Baptism. Think back & name the 5 most important “tellers” about the subjects in your life. What did they teach you & how? What made their words matter to you so much? Give thanks to God for them in prayer. Note: focus specifically on verbal aspects of their witness to you, on what was said to you about Jesus & about Baptism. 
Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2023-01-15_Epi02  

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Sunday, January 08 2023

For All
Acts 10:34-43
What would it look like if more people got baptized here?

Current Series:
What's Up with Baptism?
What? So what? Now what? Do What?

Study & Share Insert
...#1  First, brush on Holy Baptism by reading about it in the Small Catechism, available bookofconcord.org . What three things stand out the most to you? How come? 
Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2023-01-08_Epi01BaptismJesus  

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Sunday, January 01 2023

Today is the eighth day of Christmas, just like the old song goes. Christmas is such good news that it takes 12 days to celebrate it fully. No sermon this week as we celebrate our annual Lessons & Carols service, hearing the story of our Savior's birth from its promise in the Old Testament to its fulfillment in the New. 

Today we'll observe our celebration of the Festival of Our Lord's Epiphany, comemorating the historical day that the Wise Men, or Magi, brought the infant Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myhrr. During coffee time we'll have a king cake, and according to the south Texas tradition, whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake gets to bring tamales next week for coffee time. Good luck!
(Yes, we know Epiphany is properly January 6, 13 days after Christmas.)

Current Series:
Guest List
Who’s coming to the holiday party?

Study & Share Insert
...#4 How did you become a child of God (vv12-13)? Who has helped you grow & how? Praise God right now for those people who showed & told you about Jesus’ birth. See Small Catechism: Apostles’ Creed II, Holy Baptism; available bookofconcord.org; John 3:1-8; Romans 6:1-11, 8:14-17, 9:8; 1 Corinthians, 4:14-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16b-18; Galatians 3:26, 4:4-7 Ephesians 1:5-14; 2 Timothy 1:5-7

Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2023-01-01_LessonsandCarols-Epiphany  

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Sunday, December 25 2022

Grateful Men
Luke 2:8-20
What an amazing time they got to have

Current Series:
Guest List
Who’s coming to the holiday party?

Study & Share Insert
...#3 Sketch how you imagine the nativity scene (stick figures are OK; make sure you stick to the Bible story). Which character (not Jesus) do you identify with in the story & how? Add yourself to your picture. Show & tell about your illustration to someone else. This might be a fun & interesting activity for that after-Christmas-dinner “Now what?” time.
Download the rest (*.pdf) SS_2022-12-25_ChristmasDay  

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