Tax Collectors | Sermon

Pastor Bramwell preached this sermon on Luke 18:9-14 on the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, August 28, 2022.

What are some words that describe false piety?

What words describe true piety?

What is Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees when they ask him why he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners? (Luke 5:31)

Money is often a stumbling block to Christian discipleship. Did having wealth stop Levi and Zacchaeus from becoming Christians? (Read about Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10)

Consider what sins you have committed. Repent of them, asking the Lord to forgive you, and trust that like the tax collector, you have been justified and exalted by Christ. You. Are. Forgiven.

Since in your baptismal faith you are defined by Christ, what no longer defines you?

St. Mark Lutheran Church posts Rev. Bramwell’s sermons online for the sake of the members of our congregation who are unable to gather with us due to illness, work, etc. This resource is not intended to encourage anyone from gathering in person around God’s Word and Sacraments. Matthew 18:20 and Hebrews 10:25 make it clear that God’s Divine Service is meant to be experienced physically with other Christians.

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