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March 12, 2017

Sermon: Lent: The Second Servant Song: Why Serve?

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 49:4-6; Acts 13:47

But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’ And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” ’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Lent: The Second Servant Song: Why Serve?
Isaiah 49:4-6; Acts 13:47

I. Introduction: Dilbert
II. Series: The Servant Songs
III. The second Servant Song (Is. 49:4-6; Acts 13:47)
     A. Frustration (49:4)
     B. Why serve?
         1. God’s universal plan (49:6; 13:47)
         2. God designed us to serve (49:5)
         3. God will “reward” and “honor” service (49:4, 5)
         4. God is our strength
     C. In the face of frustration . . . serve
IV. Conclusion: John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress


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