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Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

By Rev. Christopher Gillespie
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church & School (Sherman Center) is in Random Lake, Wisconsin and is served by Rev. Christopher R. Gillespie. St. John Lutheran is God's place for Christians to gather around our Lord's Word and be edified by His gifts. We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). We unconditionally subscribe the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. St. John Lutheran School has been approved for accreditation through the accreditation process of the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
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Book of Hebrews Chapter 4:1-13ff - Wednesday Bible Study, November 4, 2020

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

The Glory of God Is Reflected in Moses’ Face – The Congregation at Prayer for January 23, 2021
Text: Exodus 34:29-35
January 23, 2021
Israel Crosses the Jordan – The Congregation at Prayer for January 21, 2021
Text: Joshua 1:1-2, 10-11; 3:1-17
January 21, 2021
Bible Study: Hebrews
 Chapter 6:13ff - January 20, 2021
Join us each Wednesday as we study the Book of Hebrews.
January 21, 2021
The Red Sea – The Congregation at Prayer for January 20, 2021
Text: Exodus 13:17—14:31
January 20, 2021
Noah and the Flood – The Congregation at Prayer for January 19, 2021
Text: Genesis 8:1a, 15-22; 9:1-17
January 19, 2021
Noah and the Flood - The Congregation at Prayer for January 18, 2021
Text: Gen. 6:5, 13, 17-19; 7:11-12, 16-17, 21-23 The Confession of St. Peter – Mark 8:27-35
January 18, 2021
"Return to God’s Word and the ordering embedded in creation" Epiphany 2 2021
Disorder, chaos, and decay are all around. The answer is not to rely on petty tyrants, click-baiting press, pop philosophers, or others to provide you grounding, a sense of reality, and a lens by which to understand the world. And one after another, they will always fail you. Turn to Christ in His Word and receive from Him the institutions He has set up. Support devoted and faithful government. Reject the treasonous and ungodly ruler. Be ever attentive to your family and friends. Remain steadfast in the congregation He has given to you. Hold fast to Him and never let go and Jesus will see you through this present darkness.
January 17, 2021
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 18:1-11 - January 17, 2021
Study Notes:
January 17, 2021
Bible Study: Hebrews
 Chapter 6:4ff - January 14, 2021
Join us each Wednesday as we study the Book of Hebrews.
January 14, 2021
Book of Hebrews Chapter 5:11—6:3 - Wednesday Bible Study, January 6, 2021
Join us each Wednesday as we study the book of Hebrews.
January 14, 2021
"Both feet are solely planted upon your identity as Christian" - Baptism of Our Lord 2021
Everything that Jesus gives you to live, breathe, and have your being is counter-cultural. Your baptismal identity in Jesus is now most obviously contrary to the world. You can no longer understand yourself as having one foot in the world and one foot in the church. Either both feet are solely planted upon your identity as Christian, in His church, and against the world… or you’ll be swept away in the flood that is sweeping through our world.
January 10, 2021
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 17:20-26 - January 10, 2021
Study Notes:
January 10, 2021
Preparing for the Baptism of Our Lord - The Congregation at Prayer for January 9, 2021
Text: I Have Put My Spirit Upon Him—1 Cor. 1:26-31; Isaiah 42:1-7
January 9, 2021
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 17:6-19 - January 3, 2021
Study Notes:
January 4, 2021
"Standing before you is your Michael and King Jesus" - Christmas 2 2021
Christ Jesus has drawn you out of the devil’s kingdom. He has redeemed you by His sacrificial suffering and death on the cross of Golgotha. He has claimed you as His own through the washing of the water and the Word. You bear the mark of Christ, the holy cross on your forehead and heart. And you have been outfitted with the holy armaments of faith, clothed in Christ, shielded by faith, and the sword of the Spirit in your hands. The defeated enemy can hurl all his fiery arrows at you. He can prowl around like a lion seeking to devour. But He cannot take from you the only thing that matters, your greatest good: Jesus, His forgiveness, His resurrection, and His eternity.
January 4, 2021
"Jesus is the Jew, the Promise, the Covenant, and the Offspring" - Circumcision and Name of Jesus, January 1, 2020
Now, you are sons and daughters of the King, through the new circumcision of the heart, that is, faith. You have received this greater mark, giving you the new name, Christian. You are are marked by Holy Baptism, not with the removal of foreksin, but completely covered by Christ’s flesh. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. This free and precious gift of God is for all people, for all are one in Christ Jesus. There is neither Jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. God has put His name upon you, His people Israel, and He has blessed you. You are baptized. You are free. You are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. You are marked and named—child of God.
January 1, 2021
“Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel" Christmas 1 2020
In the Bible a sign often means something that contains what God is doing and giving. But at the same time, a sign hides under what appears to be the opposite. What we see, touch, feel, or experience seems quite the opposite of what God says it is. We can only know the sign by the word of God, which requires hearing and receiving, that is, faith or trust. The ear is the organ of faith. God’s dealing with us in this way reduces us to the point where we are nothing but receivers, receiving by hearing.
December 27, 2020
Christmas: St. Stephen, Martyr
Text: Acts 6:8-7:2a,51-60
December 26, 2020
"Full of Grace and Truth" Christmas Day 2020 - John 1:1-18
Christmas isn’t about being filled with empty thoughts, empty pursuits, and empty calories. Christmas is about the empty being filled with the good thing, Jesus for you. In Jesus, you have access to God and His heaven, all graciously given to you by your Baptism as your eternal inheritance. By the preaching and teaching of the Word, you are filled with the Spirit of wisdom and the knowledge of Jesus for you. Your eyes are opened to see Jesus with the light of understanding. He feeds your hungry soul with His forgiveness, life, and salvation in the Supper of His body and blood. By these gifts of Jesus received within His body, the church, you all will come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, each filled with the fullness of Christ.
December 25, 2020
"All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet…" Christmas Eve 2020 - Matthew 1:18-25
All history is wrapped up in the swaddling clothes. All that was foretold and foreshadowed begins to find its fulfillment on that night. Time and eternity are joined in the Babe of Bethlehem. The Bread from Heaven is given from a manger trough, to feed you with forgiveness He earned by His body given and His blood shed at Calvary. And now you are wrapped up in Jesus, clothed in baptismal garments of His righteousness. The promise given by the Prophets, the Patriarchs, the Psalmist is yours in the God who is with His people to save your sins, the Immanuel Jesus.
December 25, 2020
The Birth of Christ Foretold to Joseph - The Congregation at Prayer for December 23, 2020
Text: Formula of Concord, Article I, para 33 (
December 23, 2020
"Jesus alone is your hope, comfort, and future" - Sermon for Advent 4 2020
You have one priority today. You are to follow John’s finger as he points to Jesus. Your ears, eyes, heart, and mind are focused on Jesus for you. Set aside all the distractions. Forget about COVID-19. Don’t worry about what’s for dinner. Lay off all the political chatter. Stop making your plans for the holiday. Stop, listen, and focus. If you fail to listen to His voice, you will not hear His saving Word. If you do not hear, you cannot see your Redeemer. Instead, hold on to Jesus and don’t let go. Receive His Word and gifts and you’ll know Him.
December 20, 2020
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 17:1-5
Study Notes:
December 20, 2020
"The Violent Can't Overcome Jesus" - Advent 3 2020
13. December 2020 - Advent 3 - Matthew 11:2-10   The flesh, the world, and demonic authoritarians hate everything given by God the Father. They hate creation and violently want to reshape it. They hate human life and seek to destroy, alter, and transcend it through violent manipulation. Their violence leads to immorality, destruction, and death. But most of all they hate the gift of the Son of the Father, Jesus, and the kingdom of heaven, the Church. Why does the mob hate you and despise the Church? Because the violent must oppress anything that undermines their worldview.
December 14, 2020
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 16:12-33
Study notes:
December 14, 2020
Advent Midweek 2: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Text: Psalm 139
December 10, 2020
"Your future is wrapped up, finished, and complete!" Advent 2 2020
What is the future? What is your future? Everything is moving forward toward that great day when we shall meet the Lord face to face. Time is given that the Gospel be preached to all people. The future is for repentance. The great net of Christ’s kingdom must be drawn through the sea of time. A great catch will be brought upon the shore. And all the righteous and evil finally separated from one another forever.
December 6, 2020
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 15:25—16:11 - December 6, 2020
Study Notes:
December 6, 2020
Advent Midweek 1 2020: Created from One Blood
Text: Acts 17:16-34
December 3, 2020
"Behold, Your King Comes to Save You!" Advent 1 2020
He comes to you! He comes with the help you need—His blood-bought forgiveness. Now is the great and mighty Day. Today is the Lord’s day! He comes to forgive you once again, making each day new, though we do not deserve it and by our own reason and strength cannot even believe it.
November 30, 2020
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 15:13-24 - November 29, 2020
Study Notes:
November 29, 2020
"Glass full, overflowing, abundant" Thanksgiving Day - November 26, 2020
How to have a thanksgiving mindset.
November 26, 2020
"Trust in the Bridegroom!" Trinity 27 2020
Everything needed for your salvation is gift. Even the oil of faith is given to you as a free gift. Thus, the difference between the wise and foolish is not in outward appearances. Both look like Christian from head to toe. The difference between the wise and foolish is not living a Christian life. The difference between the wise and foolish is trust in the Bridegroom.
November 22, 2020
Book of Hebrews Chapter 5:1-10 - Wednesday Bible Study, November 18, 2020
Join us each Wednesday at around 7 pm CST live on Facebook and YouTube.
November 19, 2020
Bible Study - The Two Kingdoms in 1930 & 1937 Lutheranism
The documents considered:
November 16, 2020
"What Shall I Render to Caesar and to God?" Trinity 23 2020
In every sphere of life, fear, love, and trust in God above all things. Keep the state where it belongs and let the church be the church, a place where Gospel forgiveness is preached freely and the gifts that deliver this forgiveness are unrestricted.
November 15, 2020
Book of Hebrews Chapter 4:14-16 - Wednesday Bible Study, November 11, 2020
Join us each Wednesday at around 7 pm CST live on Facebook and YouTube.
November 12, 2020
Bible Study: Gospel of St. John - Chapter 15:1-12 - November 8, 2020
Study Notes:
November 8, 2020
"Not Vengeance but Forgiveness" Trinity 22 2020
What is the cure for an unforgiving heart? How can we overcome our grudges. our resentments, and our refusal to be merciful? Consider the beginning of the parable. Consider the amount of debt, the essential point. A talent is twenty year’s wages. Ten thousand talents is thus something well over a billion dollars and likely close to ten billion. That is the debt of sin Jesus your King has forgiven you.
November 8, 2020
Joshua’s Conquest – The Congregation at Prayer for November 6, 2020
Text: Joshua 11:15-20; 13:1-7; 18:1-2, 10; 21:43-45
November 6, 2020
Book of Hebrews Chapter 4:1-13ff - Wednesday Bible Study, November 4, 2020
Join us each Wednesday at around 7 pm CST live on Facebook and YouTube.
November 5, 2020