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HCLC – February 27, 2021 – Second Sunday in Lent

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Second Sunday in Lent, February 27, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 8:34
Sermon Theme: The Theology of the Cross”

Old Testament: Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
Epistle: Romans 5:1–11
Holy Gospel: Mark 8:27–38

By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God

In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him “the father of a multitude of nations.” It is “an everlasting covenant” in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed “throughout their generations” (Gen. 17:1–7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds “on the things of God,” and not “on the things of man” (Mark 8:33). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been “reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” much more “shall we be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1–2).

HCLC – February 20, 2021 – First Sunday in Lent

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The First Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 1:9-15
Sermon Theme: “Baptized for the World’s Temptations”

Old Testament: Genesis 22:1–18
Epistle: James 1:12–18
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:9–15

Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness

In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he “took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.” And “when they came to the place of which God had told him,” Abraham bound Isaac “and laid him on the altar” (Gen. 22:6, 9). Then God stayed Abraham’s hand and provided “for himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen. 22:8). That Lamb is God’s own beloved Son, Jesus, in whom “all the nations of the earth” are blessed (Gen. 22:18). As the Substitute for all the sons of men, Jesus is driven by the Spirit “into the wilderness” to be “tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12–13) in order to endure and defeat all temptation. We are tempted by our own desire, which conceives and “gives birth to sin” (James 1:14–15). But this blessed Man, Christ Jesus, remained “steadfast under trial,” and He has received “the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). His faithfulness, His victory and His life are now given to us by His grace in the Gospel.

HCLC – February 13, 2021 – The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Mark 9:2-9

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 14, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 9:2-9
Sermon Theme: “A Glimpse of More”

Old Testament: 2 Kings 2:12
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 3:12–18, 4:1–6
Holy Gospel: Mark 9:2–9

The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God

It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them,” Elisha received Elijah’s cloak and a “double portion” of his spirit for preaching the Lord’s Word (2 Kings 2:9–11). It was a hard thing, too, for Israel to see Moses and come near to him, when “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Ex. 34:29–30). Therefore, after “he commanded them all that the LORD had spoken with him in Mount Sinai,” Moses “put a veil over his face” (Ex. 34:32–33). Only the Word of the Gospel lifts the veil, and “only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Thus are we able to behold “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” who is “the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4–6). For the Law and the prophets are all fulfilled in Him. Therefore, “listen to him,” and fix your sights on “Jesus only” (Mark 9:7–8).

HCLC – December 25, 2020 – The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: John 1:1-14
Sermon Theme: “God’s Love For You“

Old Testament: Isaiah 52:7–10
Epistle” Hebrews 1:1–12
Holy Gospel: John 1:1–14

The Living and Life-Giving Word of God Dwells Among Us in the Flesh

The Lord sends out His ministers of the Gospel to make disciples “of all the nations,” so that “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” For the Lord has “bared his holy arm” in the incarnate Christ (Is. 52:7, 10). The child in the manger, born of the Virgin Mary, is the very Word of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (Heb. 1:2). As “all things were made through him” (John 1:3), so are all things redeemed and made new in Him. In His body of flesh and blood, we behold “the radiance of the glory of God” (Heb. 1:3), “glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He dwells among us in peace, that we might have life and light and salvation in Him. For by His Word of the Gospel, we are born again as the children of God, bearing His name and sharing His eternal life.

HCLC – December 27, 2020 – First Sunday After Christmas – Outside

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The First Sunday After Christmas, December 27, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Luke 2:22-40
Sermon Theme: “Restored In Him“

Old Testament: Isaiah 61:10–62:3
Epistle: Galatians 4:4–7
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:22–40

The Time Has Fully Come for Redemption and Purification through Jesus Christ, Our Lord

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” born of the woman, “to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal. 4:4–5). Therefore, “according to the Law of Moses,” Mary and Joseph “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). There He was received and taken up into the arms of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). Simeon praised God and blessed the parents by confessing the cross for which this child was appointed. “At that very hour,” old and faithful Anna, who had watched, prayed and worshiped in the temple for so long, came up and “began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). The Lord causes “righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations” (Is. 61:11). We also “greatly rejoice in the LORD,” because this child has clothed us “with the garments of salvation,” covered us “with the robe of righteousness” and called us “by a new name” (Is. 61:10; 62:2).

HCLC – December 27, 2020 – First Sunday After Christmas

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The First Sunday After Christmas, December 27, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Luke 2:22-40
Sermon Theme: “Restored In Him“

Old Testament: Isaiah 61:10–62:3
Epistle: Galatians 4:4–7
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:22–40

The Time Has Fully Come for Redemption and Purification through Jesus Christ, Our Lord

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” born of the woman, “to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal. 4:4–5). Therefore, “according to the Law of Moses,” Mary and Joseph “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). There He was received and taken up into the arms of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). Simeon praised God and blessed the parents by confessing the cross for which this child was appointed. “At that very hour,” old and faithful Anna, who had watched, prayed and worshiped in the temple for so long, came up and “began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). The Lord causes “righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations” (Is. 61:11). We also “greatly rejoice in the LORD,” because this child has clothed us “with the garments of salvation,” covered us “with the robe of righteousness” and called us “by a new name” (Is. 61:10; 62:2).

HCLC – January 3, 2021 – Second Sunday After Christmas – Outside

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Second Sunday After Christmas, January 3, 2021 by Pastor John-Paul Meyer and Liturgy by Pastor Charles Froh

Sermon Text: Luke 2:22-40
Sermon Theme: “Who Is This Child?“

Old Testament: 1 Kings 3:4–15
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3–14
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:40–52

The Lord Jesus Is Found in the Temple of His Church

The Lord Jesus “grew and became strong” (Luke 2:40); He “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). As His body grew and developed, His mind also increased in knowledge and understanding. For as our brother in the flesh, that we might “have redemption through his blood” (Eph. 1:7), He lived by faith in the Word of His Father. Thus, He was catechized by His parents, who took Him up “to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41); and when He was of age, He gave attention to the Holy Scriptures in His Father’s house (Luke 2:46, 49). Christ Jesus is still found in His Church, in “the word of truth, the gospel,” by which we are adopted by His Father and sealed with His Spirit (Eph. 1:5, 13). Thus do we gain “an understanding mind” to go about our vocations, discerning “between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). And so do we also go up to Jerusalem, to stand “before the ark of the covenant of the Lord” (1 Kings 3:15), that is, in the Holy Communion of His body and blood.

HCLC – January 3, 2021 – Second Sunday After Christmas – Inside

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Second Sunday After Christmas, January 3, 2021 by Pastor John-Paul Meyer

The bulletin is available at https://holycrossrocklin.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021-01-03.Second-Sunday-after-Christmas-Pre-recorded7x8.5-Main-Layout.pdf

Sermon Text: Luke 2:22-40
Sermon Theme: “Who Is This Child?“

Old Testament: 1 Kings 3:4–15
Epistle: Ephesians 1:3–14
Holy Gospel: Luke 2:40–52

The Lord Jesus Is Found in the Temple of His Church

The Lord Jesus “grew and became strong” (Luke 2:40); He “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). As His body grew and developed, His mind also increased in knowledge and understanding. For as our brother in the flesh, that we might “have redemption through his blood” (Eph. 1:7), He lived by faith in the Word of His Father. Thus, He was catechized by His parents, who took Him up “to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41); and when He was of age, He gave attention to the Holy Scriptures in His Father’s house (Luke 2:46, 49). Christ Jesus is still found in His Church, in “the word of truth, the gospel,” by which we are adopted by His Father and sealed with His Spirit (Eph. 1:5, 13). Thus do we gain “an understanding mind” to go about our vocations, discerning “between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). And so do we also go up to Jerusalem, to stand “before the ark of the covenant of the Lord” (1 Kings 3:15), that is, in the Holy Communion of His body and blood.

HCLC – January 10, 2021 – The Baptism of Our Lord – Inside

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Baptism of Our Lord, First Sunday After the Epiphany, January 10, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 1:4-11
Sermon Theme: “Jesus’ Baptism”

Old Testament: Genesis 1:1–5
Epistle: Romans 6:1–11
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:4–11

In Holy Baptism, the Triune God Reveals Himself and Recreates Us in His Image

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Then, as “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2), God spoke His Word: “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). In the same way, “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1) brings about the new creation through the waters of Baptism by the same Word and Spirit of God. When John the Baptist came, “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,” Jesus also came “and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:4, 9). Although He had no sins of His own, He took His stand with sinners in His Baptism and took the sins and mortality of the world upon Himself. He was baptized into His own death, by which the heavens are opened and the Spirit is given to us. God the Father is well pleased with His beloved Son and raises Him from the dead. As we share His Baptism and are “united with him in a death like his” (Rom. 6:5), we also share His resurrection unto “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

HCLC – January 10, 2021 – The Baptism of Our Lord – Outside Service

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on The Baptism of Our Lord, First Sunday After the Epiphany, January 10, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 1:4-11
Sermon Theme: “The Baptism of Jesus”

Old Testament: Genesis 1:1–5
Epistle: Romans 6:1–11
Holy Gospel: Mark 1:4–11

In Holy Baptism, the Triune God Reveals Himself and Recreates Us in His Image

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Then, as “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2), God spoke His Word: “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). In the same way, “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1) brings about the new creation through the waters of Baptism by the same Word and Spirit of God. When John the Baptist came, “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,” Jesus also came “and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:4, 9). Although He had no sins of His own, He took His stand with sinners in His Baptism and took the sins and mortality of the world upon Himself. He was baptized into His own death, by which the heavens are opened and the Spirit is given to us. God the Father is well pleased with His beloved Son and raises Him from the dead. As we share His Baptism and are “united with him in a death like his” (Rom. 6:5), we also share His resurrection unto “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).

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