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April 22, 2018

Sermon: He Is Risen!: Then . . . Bequest

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Scripture Lesson

2 Kings 20:1-3; 1 Peter 4:10-11

Hezekiah’s Illness
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’ Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord: ‘Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.’ Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
He Is Risen!: Then . . . Bequest
2 Kings 20:1-3; 1 Peter 4:10-11

I. Introduction: Curtis
II. He Is Risen!: Then . . .
III. Wills Emphasis Sunday
IV. Hezekiah’s illness (2 Kings 20:1-3)
    A. Hezekiah is a good king (715-687 BC)
    B. Sickness and death (20:1)
    C. He prays and weeps (20:2-3)
    D. Isaiah’s instruction (20:1)
V. According to 1 Peter, Christians are (1 Peters 4:10-11)
     A. Called to be “good stewards” (4:10)
     B. Called to serve (4:10)
     C. Gifted by God (4:10)
VI. Application (2 Kings 20:1-3; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
    A. “Set your house in order” (20:1)
    B. Be a good steward (4:10)
    C. Serve others with our gifts (4:10)
    D. Be God to one another (4:11)
    E. Life can become praise (4:11)
VII. Conclusion: Evelyn and George van Beek
    St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Cornwall, Ontario


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