December 18, 2016

Sermon Notes for December 18, 2016          

+Today’s Sermon:             “Living By the Truth” 

+ Introduction / Question:

          “How am I to live my life by Jesus’ truth?”

            Memory Verse for Advent      

           “For from His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.                                                                       for the law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

(John 1:16-17)

+ Sermon points:

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I live by the truth of God’s Word that Jesus is God’s sign confirming His unfailing care during great uncertainties and challenges?”

“And he (Isaiah) said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.’”                                                    (Isaiah 7:13 - 14)       

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I live by the truth of God’s Word trusting God saves us from sin as He promised in Jesus?”

“When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife. But knew her not until she has given birth to a son. And he called His name Jesus.”                                                                                             (Matthew 1:24 –25)

  1. Ask yourself: “Do I live by the truth of God’s Word telling my family, friends and others about the salvation Jesus offers to all of us, including them?”

“…Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name among the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”  

                                                   (Romans 1:5 - 6) 

+Conclusion / Question:

“How am I to live my life by Jesus’ truth?”

            (Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, December 18, 2016)

How to pray? A plan to help you “follow”* God in prayer:

Set a time and place for your prayer time with God (Start slowly and add times until you pray each day.) 

Read the Gospel or another Scripture Lesson from today’s worship (see the Sermon Notes to direct your prayer time). Begin your prayer time asking yourself:

  1. What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?




  1. What does this thought, insight or truth say about living your life by Jesus’ truth?





  1. Ask God to help you apply His Word to your life as you live with Jesus’ truth (Start your prayer: “Lord, I ask …” or “Lord, help me to…”).












Try writing your responses to the questions in a spiral notebook or composition notebook. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time with this new effort. Let the Word of God guide you following Christ. Look back over your first week, month, and so on, and see how the Lord is calling you to follow Him through His Word and with prayer.

(*Mark 1:17: ESV - “And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.")