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September 23, 2018

Sermon: What’s God Offering Me?: Engagement

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Scripture Lesson

Isaiah 44:22-23; Mark 10:33-45

I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel.

saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.’

The Request of James and John
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’ When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
What’s God Offering Me?: Engagement
Isaiah 44:22-23; Mark 10:33-45

I. Introduction: Dilbert
II. Series: What’s God Offering Me?: Engagement
III. Isaiah on engagement (Is. 44:9-23)
     A. Context
         1. Historical
         2. Literary (44:17)
     B. The judge, God speaks forgiveness (44:22)
     C. All nature celebrates (44:23)
     D. With what should Israel be engaged?
         1. Not idols
         2. Their covenant relationship with God
     E. Why be engaged?: Because of who God is
IV. Jesus on engagement (Mk. 10:33-45)
     A. Jesus sacrifices for us
         1. The third passion prediction (10:33)
         2. A ransom (10:45)
         3. Parallel is Isaiah 44:22
     B. The disciples don’t understand
         1. James and John want the best places (10:37)
         2. The others are jealous (10:41)
     C. Engage in serving (10:43-44)
     D. Why be engaged?: Because of who Jesus is
V. Our engagement
     A. Not
         1. Idols
         2. Greatness
     B. Should be
         1. Our relationship with God
         2. Serving
     C. Why? Because of who God is
         1. Forgiving
         2. Serving
     D. Often better together at church
     E. Please support the church
VI. Conclusion: Henri Nouwen (1932-96), L’Arche Daybreak


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