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January 7, 2018

Sermon: Finding Ourselves

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 42:1, 6; Mark 1:9-12

The Servant, a Light to the Nations

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,

The Baptism of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Finding Ourselves
Isaiah 42:1, 6; Mark 1:9-12

I. Introduction: Mother Goose and Grimm
II. The baptism of Jesus (Mk. 1:9-12)
     A. The events
         1. The actual baptism (1:9)
         2. The private revelation (1:10-11)
         3. The resulting action (1:12)
     B. Questions
         1. Why was Jesus baptized?
         2. Why a private revelation?
         3. Why did he go?
III. Echoes in Isaiah’s servant (Is. 42:1, 6)
     A. Finds identity in God (42:1)
     B. The resulting action (42:6)
IV. What about us?
    A. Where do we find ourselves?
    B. Find our identity in God (Is. 42:1; Mk. 1:11)
    C. The resulting action (Is. 42:6; Mk. 1:12)
V. Conclusion: Marianna Slocum (1918-2011)


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