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Recent and ‘must hear’ messages at St. Paul Lutheran Church


Here are audio files of recent sermons at St. Paul, and sermons considered ‘must hear’. All sermons delivered in the current month are included, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Following the current month’s sermons, we list what are considered ‘must hear’ sermons. Who decides if a sermon is a must-hear? 1) Pr. Steve, can make that determination (it’s sort of his job, you know); 2) The people who attend the interaction session which follows most of our services at St. Paul can nominate a sermon as must-hear, or recommend that it be buried as quickly as possible. 3) People who listen to the recorded sermons on this site may email or call Pr. Steve and see if they can convince him why a sermon should be stamped ‘must hear’.

Current Month or Series

the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Must Hear

Hurry and Slow Down, Luke 10:38-42, July 17, 2016. You’re too distracted. More important than what you can do for Jesus is what Jesus wants to give you.

Secure in Christ Forever, John 10:22-30, April 17, 2016. The security of the sheep does not depend on anything the sheep do, but on what the Shepherd does.

Unfinished Business, John 21:1-19, April 10, 2016. Before Peter can become the great apostle, Jesus has unfinished business to attend with him. He may have unfinished business with us as well.

The Kingdom Has Come Near You, John 21:1-19, July 3, 2016. Say this when people accept you . . . and when they reject you. Do no harm.

Caution: Narrow Door Ahead, Luke 13:22-30, August 21, 2016. You pass through alone, you can’t take anything in with you, and you have to know someone inside, or you don’t get in.

What Love Looks Like, John 13:31-34, April 24, 2016. Jesus gives a new commandment––love one another. But what does love look like?

Teach Us to Pray, Luke 11:1-13, July 24, 2016. Be direct in your prayers, be bold, be persistent, and remember to whom you are praying, your loving Father.

How to Share Your Faith, Colossians 4:1-6, January 10, 2016. Three things you can do to be used by God to communicate the gospel of Jesus to people around you.

Not Peace, but Division, Luke 12:49-56, August 14, 2016. The gospel causes offense, it is inevitable, but there are five things you can do to minimize damage to important relationships,

What Makes Heaven Happy, Luke 15:1-10, September 11, 2016. Something about Jesus attracted sinners. Something about Jesus still does, bringing joy to heaven.

The Heavens Open Still, Matthew 3:13-17, January 8, 2017. The Gospel of Jesus takes the lid off your world.

Faith to Forgive, Luke 17:1-10, October 2, 2016. It takes faith to forgive others the way Jesus says we should. He also says we can. We have all we need, and have only to go do our duty and do it.

Jesus on Anger, Lust, Divorce, Oaths, Matthew 5:21-37, February 12, 2017. This is part of the inaugural address of the new King of the kingdom of God. He’s got some new standards.

Dance with Who Brung Ya, John 11:1-44, April 2, 2017. Your Christian life started with pure grace, and that is how it is to be lived every day––by grace. Stick with what works.

Do Not Be Afraid Matthew 28:1-10, April 16, 2017. Jesus’ victory over death and darkness takes the fear out of death, because, now, he alone has the keys of death and hell.

Their Eyes Were Opened, Luke 24:13-35, April 30, 2017. Remember when the bottom dropped out of your life, and you thought God was nowhere to be found? He was closer than you think.

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-21, June 4, 2017. We are admitted to this party precisely because we get into the spirit of it.

Show Your True Colors, Matthew 10:16, 21-33, June 25, 2017. Whoever acknowledges Christ before men, he will acknowledge before the Father; whoever denies him before men, he will deny.

Groan Boldly, Romans 8:18-27, July 23, 2017. There’s a lot of groaning going on out there: creation groans, we groan, the Holy Spirit groans within us as we pray. And it’s all good groaning.

In His Hands, Little Is Plenty, Matthew 14:13-21, August 6, 2017. Don’t think you have what it takes to do important work for the Lord? Put what you have in his hands; you may be surprised.

On this Rock I Will Build My Church, Matthew 16:13-20, August 27, 2017. The Church, with all its warts, is critical to the kingdom of God, and we’ve never needed more its Office of the Keys.

October 1, 2017, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

You Are a Priest

1 Peter 1:3-5, 13-16; 2:1-5, 9-10 (ESV)

Lector: Marie Christiano

“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” you are people of God whose purpose is to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Sermon by

Pr. Steve

Don’t Begrudge God’s Generosity, Matthew 20:1-16, September 24, 2017. If a man puts his faith in Jesus five seconds before he returns to earth, he gets the same thing we do who have believed and labored for a lifetime.

October 8, 2017, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Called to Choose

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (ESV); Acts 2:22-24, 36-41 (ESV); John 1:1-5, 9-13 (ESV)

Lector: Candy Haenszel

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (ESV)

Moses calls the people of Israel to “choose life.”

Acts 2:22-24, 36-41 (ESV)

Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost challenges us to “repent and be baptized.”

John 1:1-5, 9-13 (ESV)

Jesus came to give light to all people. Some reject him, some receive him. To all who receive him he gives power to become children of God.

Sermon by

Trent Walters and Prayers

Video of entire service

October 15, 2017, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

You Are Gifted

1 Corinthians 12:1-7, 12-13 (ESV)

Lector: Carol Holsinger

The Holy Spirit gives some special gift or gifts to all who believe in Jesus Christ, so that the whole body of Christ, the church, may be built up and function as his representatives in the world.

Sermon by

Pr. Steve