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October 30, 2016

Sermon: Why Celebrate?

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Scripture Lesson

Proverbs 22:6; Philippians 1:3-6

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Why Celebrate?
Proverbs 22:6; Philippians 1:3-6

I. Introduction—Dennis the Menace
II. Celebration as a spiritual discipline
III. Why celebrate The Creative Learning Center (CLC)?
     A. Importance
         1. Early learning (Prov. 22:6)
         2. Is this a guarantee?
         3. How we are we doing at CLC?
     B. We can identify with Paul
         1. Thanks (Phil. 1:3)
         2. God is at work (1:6)
IV. Why celebrate Halloween?
     A. Can Christians observe Halloween?
         1. Celtic-Gaelic festival Samhain
         2. All Hallows’ Eve
     B. History
         1. In the early church
         2. Pope Gregory IV (835 AD)
     C. Customs
         1. Costumes
         2. Jack-o-Lanterns
         3. Trick-or-Treating
V. How can God transform us?
     A. Saves us from taking ourselves too seriously
     B. Gives strength and energy
     C. Places us on a pathway to joy
VI. Conclusion: Cool and Gang, “Celebration”


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