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February 12, 2017

Sermon: Why Celebrate?

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Scripture Lesson

Judges 6:36-40; Romans 12:2

The Sign of the Fleece
Then Gideon said to God, ‘In order to see whether you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said, I am going to lay a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor; if there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said.’ And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do not let your anger burn against me, let me speak one more time; let me, please, make trial with the fleece just once more; let it be dry only on the fleece, and on all the ground let there be dew.’ And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gideon: Gods Will
Judges 6:36-40; Romans 12:2

I. Introduction—Zits
II. Series: Gideon
III. Last week
IV. Gideon’s response (Judg. 6:36-40)
     A. How do I know? (6:36)
     B. The first sign (6:37-38)
     C. The second sign, just to be sure (6:39-40)
     D. We can ask God for clarification
     E. God will call again
V. How can we discern God’s will? (Rom. 12:2)
     A. The pivot of Romans
     B. “Do not be conformed to this world” (12:2)
         1. Reject the pressures of the present age
         2. J. B. Phillips (1906-82)
     C. “Be transformed” (12:2)
         1. Live God’s way
         2. “By the renewing of your minds” (12:2)
     D. “So that you may discern . . . the will of God” (12:2)
     E. Putting it together (12:2)
VI. Do you want to know the will of God?
     A. Know God—be transformed
     B. Ask, and ask again
VII. Conclusion


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