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December 9, 2018

Sermon: “Hidden Figures”: Our Deepest Needs

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Scripture Lesson

2 Psalm 18:1-3; Luke 1:67-80

Royal Thanksgiving for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who addressed the words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so I shall be saved from my enemies.

Zechariah’s Prophecy
Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“Hidden Figures”: Our Deepest Needs
Psalm 18:1-3; Luke 1:67-80

I. Introduction: Dennis the Menace
II. Advent series: “Hidden Figures”
III. Luke’s story (Lk. 1:20-80)
     A. Zechariah cannot speak (1:20)
     B. The question (1:66)
     C. Zechariah’s answer (1:67)
         1. Keeps hope alive (1:69)
             a. “Horn of salvation” (2 Sam. 22:3; Ps. 18:2)
             b. Why does Luke echo the language?
             c. Cemetery scene in “U.S. Marshals” (1998)
         2. Jesus and John will save and rescue (1:71, 74)
         3. Saved and rescued to what?
             a. “Serve [God] without fear” (1:73)
             b. “Forgiveness of sins” (1:77)
             c. “Peace” (1:79)
IV. So what?
     A. Keep hope alive for more
     B. God’s meeting our deepest needs
     C. What do we really need?
V. Conclusion: “The Sweetest Gift” (2016), Craig Aven,
     Steve Nelson, Jon Schmidt


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