The sermon for Sunday, September 10, 2017 is based on Matthew 16:21-26 Today's Focus: The Church is Militant: First the Cross Then the Crown. Today Christ tells us that for him and for us, going God's way means death must come before life. He calls on us to deny ourselves and follow him on the way of the cross. Those words offend our sinful flesh and make our Old Adam cry with Peter, "Never!" They make us accuse God with Jeremiah. So today the Church prays for the never-failing mercy of Christ that we might avoid such wicked and harmful thoughts and instead be guided on the cross-laden path to salvation. Then, and only then, do these words of Christ cease offending our flesh and become a joy and delight for our heart. Sermon given by Pastor Jon Bergemann. Trinity Lutheran Church is located in Woodbridge, VA, USA and is a member of the Wisconsdin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). If you would like more information about our congregation, please visit www.trinityofwoodbridge.org or www.facebook.com/trinityofwoodbridge.