I’m Mortified and, If Not, I Must Get to It
God has placed preachers of His Word in the frontlines of His combat against Satan and all his minions that is fought out on the battlefields of the individual lives of believers.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 (Epiphany 4: Series A)
Our first mistake in thinking about the blessed life is we expect to experience it fully in this life.
Epistle: Hebrews 2:14-18 (The Purification of Mary but also the Presentation of Our Lord)
This passage, above all others, speaks most fully about Jesus as the elder brother, the firstborn, of a large family; the family of God the Father, Creator of humankind.
Old Testament: Micah 6:1-8 (Epiphany 4: Series A)
A close examination of the entire life and ministry of Jesus reflects the Exodus event, and Jesus is the New Moses/the prophet like Moses.
Siegfried Sack’s Homiletics
Above all, pastors must aim their preaching at the people God has placed in the care of the pastor rather than airing pious ideas that did not speak to their situations.