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December 31, 2017

Sermon: What Can We Take Into the New Year?

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Scripture Lesson

Genesis 46:29-30; Luke 2:22-33

Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. He presented himself to him, fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Israel said to Joseph, ‘I can die now, having seen for myself that you are still alive.’

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’ Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
What Can We Take Into the New Year?
Genesis 46:29-30; Luke 2:22-33

I. Introduction: Baby Blues
II. Series: Peace
III. Jesus is presented (Lk. 2:22-33)
     A. One of the richest passages in Luke
     B. The story
     C. Focus on 3 themes
IV. Theme 1: Bathed in scripture (Lk. 2:22-33)
     A. Obedience (Lk. 2:22, 23, 24)
     B. Echoes of scripture (at least 9 times)
     C. In the new year, be bathed in scripture
V. Theme 2: The Holy Spirit (Lk. 2:22-33)
     A. “The Holy Spirit rested on [Simeon]” (2:25)
     B. “Revealed to [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit” (2:26)
     C. “Guided by the Spirit” (2:27)
     D. In the new year, look to the Holy Spirit
VI. Theme 3: Dying well (Lk. 2:22-33)
     A. Jacob/Israel seeing Joseph (Gen. 46:30)
     B. “Now you are dismissing your servant in peace” (2:29)
     C. An extension of God’s peace
VII. Conclusion: Edith Stein (1891-1942)


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