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October 29, 2017

Sermon: Friendship: Love Like God

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Scripture Lesson

1 Samuel 20:12-17, 41-42; Matthew 26:26-29

Jonathan said to David, ‘By the Lord, the God of Israel! When I have sounded out my father, about this time tomorrow, or on the third day, if he is well disposed towards David, shall I not then send and disclose it to you? But if my father intends to do you harm, the Lord do so to Jonathan, and more also, if I do not disclose it to you, and send you away, so that you may go in safety. May the Lord be with you, as he has been with my father. If I am still alive, show me the faithful love of the Lord; but if I die, never cut off your faithful love from my house, even if the Lord were to cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.’ Thus Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, ‘May the Lord seek out the enemies of David.’ Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him; for he loved him as he loved his own life. As soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He bowed three times, and they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more. Then Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, “The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, for ever.” ’ He got up and left; and Jonathan went into the city.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Friendship: Love Like God
1 Samuel 20:12-17, 41-42; Matthew 26:26-29

I. Introduction: Beetle Bailey
II. Series: Friendship
III. The difficult situation
IV. Love like God (1 Sam. 20:12-17)
     A. Jonathan sacrifices himself (20:13)
     B. Jonathan asks for hesed forever (20:14-15)
     C. Another covenant (20:16)
     D. Loving like God (20:17, love 3 times)
V. In the interim (1 Sam. 20:18-40)
VI. The farewell (1 Sam. 20:41-42)
     A. David honors Jonathan (20:41)
     B. They display vulnerability and affection (20:41)
     C. Jonathan sends David
         1. “Go in peace” (20:42)
         2. The reminder (20:42)
VII. Love like Jesus (Matt. 26:26-29)
     A. Jesus sacrifices himself (26:26, 28)
     B. Jesus makes a covenant (26:28)
     C. Jesus sends us (26:29)
VIII. How do we love like God?
     A. Sacrifice ourselves
     B. Show honor
     C. Be vulnerable and affectionate
     D. Practice hesed
IX. Conclusion: Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey


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