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October 14, 2018

Sermon: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: God With Us

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Scripture Lesson

Joshua 3:1-3, 14-17; Mark 4:35-41

Israel Crosses the Jordan
Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing towards the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.

Jesus Stills a Storm
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”: God With Us
Joshua 3:1-3, 14-17; Mark 4:35-41

I. Introduction: Beetle Bailey
II. Series: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
III. Crossing the Jordan (Josh. 3:1-3, 14-17)
     A. The context
     B. God’s leading in front (3:3-4)
     C. The obstacle of the Jordan River
         1. “Overflows” (3:15)
         2. God stops a river (3:16)
     D. God goes with Israel through the ark (6 times)
     E. God conquers chaos
IV. Jesus stills the storm (Mk. 4:35-41)
     A. After a long day of ministry (4:35)
     B. A terrible storm arises (4:37-38)
     C. Jesus calms the storm (4:39)
     D. “Great awe” (4:41)
     E. Mark declares Jesus is God!
V. What’s here for us?
     A. God is powerful
     B. God is with us
     C. Storms will come
VI. Conclusion: Another promised land


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