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January 13, 2019

Sermon: Pray Like Jesus: To Receive

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Scripture Lesson

Psalm 2:6-8; Luke 3:21-22

‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’
I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.

The Baptism of Jesus

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Pray Like Jesus: To Receive
Psalm 2:6-8; Luke 3:21-22

I. Introduction: Pickles
II. Series: Pray Like Jesus
III. The baptism of Jesus (Lk. 3:21)
     A. What Luke doesn’t say (3:21)
     B. What Luke does say
         1. Baptized in passive voice (3:21)
         2. “Praying” (3:21)
     C. What’s the content of Jesus’ prayer?
         1. Not recorded
         2. The act of prayer as important
             a. Builds a relationship with God
             b. Affirms dependence on God
IV. How does God respond? (Lk. 3:21-22; Ps. 2:6-8)
     A. “Heaven was opened” (3:21)
     B. “The Holy Spirit descended” (3:22; 2:8)
     C. God speaks
         1. “My Son, the beloved” (3:22; 2:7)
         2. “With you I am well pleased” (3:22)
V. Observations
     A. God does most of the action here
     B. God may be doing the same with us
VI. What can we do?
     A. Pray and trust God to do the rest
         1. Build a relationship
         2. Affirm dependence
         3. Be empowered and affirmed
     B. Praying this way can seem like a waste of time
VII. Conclusion: Rev. Jane Crowl, St. John United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA


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