Sermon Outlines

In Confirmation, part of our learning opportunities includes making worship a regular practice and habit among our Confirmation students and their families.

Both our 7th and 8th grade students are required to fill out TWO sermon outlines per month. If you were not able to attend two worship services this month, you may still receive partial credit for your grade by accessing a written, audio or video copy of the sermon to the right and then filling out a sermon outline form based off the message.

Why do the pastors like seeing you in church? First, God asks it of us. In the Third Commandment God instructs us to “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.” That includes holding God’s Word sacred and seeking opportunities to hear it and learn from it. Church provides that! Second, all of our families have demanding, varying schedules. By this we hope to assist each family in forming a healthy routine of attendance in worship. Third, while our whole lives are an act of worship as we live in service to others, in the church service our worship gathers around our continual need for God’s strength and forgiveness and how God provides just that in Word and Sacrament! As He has promised, in the Word of the liturgy and sermon, as well as the visible Word in the sacraments, God is present, serving us with His grace and giving us Jesus!

In addition, as the Confirmands fill out sermon reports, they grow in their ability to listen for elements of Law and Gospel that ought to be present in any sermon they listen to whether at St. John or another congregation. This helps us all follow the example of the Bereans that we read about in Acts 17:11 who“received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (NIV 1984). Actively filling out these forms aids the catechumen in distinguishing what God is asking of me and how I am being shown my sin (Law), as well as how I am forgiven and being shown my Savior (Gospel). If needed, click here for an additional sermon outline form.