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June 18, 2017

Sermon: Depend on Daddy

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Scripture Lesson

Psalm 105:1-4; Matthew 7:7-11

God’s Faithfulness to Israel
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.

Ask, Search, Knock
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Depend on Daddy
Psalm 105:1-4; Matthew 7:7-11

I. Introduction: Baby Blues
II. Jesus on prayer (Matt. 7:7-11)
     A. Three key imperatives (7:7-8)
         1. “Ask” (7:7, 8)
         2. “Seek” (7:7, 8)
             a. Ps. 105 as a prayer on prayer
             b. Ps. 105:2, 4 as an invitation
         3. “Knock” (7:7, 8)
     B. An illustration speaking to parents (7:9-11)
III. The meaning
     A. Will we always get what we ask for?
         1. What we want vs. what we need
         2. Human persistence vs. divine goodness
     B. In the context of the Sermon on the Mount
     C. To foster dependence
IV. Conclusion: Edward McKendree (E. M.) Bounds (1835-1913)


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