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June 24, 2018

Sermon: Holy Discontent

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Scripture Lesson

Ecclesiastes 2:1; 1 John 2:15-17

The Futility of Self-Indulgence
I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself.’ But again, this also was vanity.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for ever.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Holy Discontent
Ecclesiastes 2:1; 1 John 2:15-17

I. Introduction: Dustin
II. A misinterpretation of 1 John (1 John 2:15-17)

    A. Refrain from “worldly” pursuits (2:15)
    B. My experience
         1. Baylor University
         2. Gatesville, TX
III. A correction (1 John 2:15-17; Ecc. 2:1)
     A. The world is not evil, but fallen
     B. The things of the world
         1. Are passing away (2:17; Ecc. 2:1)
         2. Do not give salvation (2:16)
IV. How then shall we live?
     A. Find our identity and security in Christ
     B. Develop a holy discontent
     C. Keep God at the center
V. Conclusion: Emily Dickinson (1830-86) “The World is not Conclusion”


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