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March 19, 2017

Sermon: Lent: The Third Servant Song: How to Serve

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 50:6-9; Luke 9:51-56

I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.

A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Lent: The Third Servant Song: How to Serve
Isaiah 50:6-9; Luke 9:51-56

I. Introduction: Hagar the Horrible
II. Series: The Servant Songs
III. Echoes of scripture (Is. 50:6-9; Lk. 9:51-56)
     A. Never quoted, but alluded to
     B. Determination
         1. In Isaiah (50:7)
         2. In Luke (9:51)
     C. Rejection
         1. In Isaiah (50:6)
         2. In Luke (9:53)
     D. Vindication by God
         1. In Isaiah (50:7, 9)
         2. In Luke (9:51)
IV. How should we serve?
     A. With determination, undistracted
     B. With no complaint or revenge (9:54-56)
     C. With a future vision
V. How do we gain these attitudes?
VI. Conclusion: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)


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