SERMON TEXT: Matthew 1:18-25

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Ephesians 2:1-2; 4-5, Romans 8:11, Matthew 1:22-23, Matthew 1:19-21, Matthew 1:24-25

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question #4 | How and why did God create us? God created us male and female in his own image toknow him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.


We can learn from Matthew’s first two references to the Spirit narratively what the rest of the NT teaches doctrinally —that the Spirit’s main work is making Jesus a living person inside human life...In both the OT and NT “the Spirit is the power of God that enables...doing what human ability cannot achieve.
— Fredrick Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary
The Spirit never loosens where the Word binds; the Spirit never justifies where the Word condemns; the Spirit never approves where the Word disapproves; the Spirit never blesses where the Word curses.
— Thomas Brooks
Technology is seductive when what it offers meets our human vulnerabilities. And as it turns out, we are very vulnerable indeed. We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connections and the sociable robot may offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other. We’d rather text than talk.
— Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Thus divine grace does not cancel human responsibility, it enables it; it does not render believers comatose, it makes them obedient. Grace enables obedience as sleep enables action.
— Fredrick Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary

Instead, faith is God’s work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly.
— Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians


My Lord, I Did Not Choose You

Holy, Holy, Holy

This Is War


Solid Rock


The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.