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January 29, 2017

Sermon: Salvation 101: What’s Next?

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 19:4-6; Galatians 5:13-15

You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.’

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Salvation 101: What’s Next?
Exodus 19:4-6; Galatians 5:13-15

I. Introduction—Hagar the Horrible
II. Series: Salvation 101
III. Previous weeks
IV. Paul makes no sense here (Gal. 5:13-15)
     A. “Become slaves to one another” (3:13)
     B. “The whole law is summed . . .” (3:14)
V. What’s next for Israel? (Ex. 19:4-6)
     A. History (19:4)
     B. “Now, therefore . . .” (19:5)
         1, “Treasured possession” (19:5)
         2. “Priestly kingdom” (19:6)
         3. “Holy nation” (19:5)
     C. Saved for a purpose
VI. What’s next for the Galatians? (Gal. 5:13-15)
     A. God has saved the Galatians
     B. “Called to freedom” (5:13)
         1. Modern definition: no restrictions
         2. Paul’s definition: changing allegiance
     C. In “freedom”
         1. Love one another (5:13)
         2. Serve one another (5:14)
     D. Be careful of infighting (5:15)
VII. What’s next for us?
     A. God has saved us
     B. Love one another
     C. Serve one another
     D. Be careful of infighting
VIII. Conclusion: Dorothy Day (1897-1980)


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