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January 20, 2019

Sermon: Guess Who’s Calling?

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Scripture Lesson

Amos 7:12-15; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Guess Who’s Calling?
Amos 7:12-15; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

I. Introduction: Blondie
II. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday)
III. Amos’ call (Am. 7:12-15)
     A. Background (760 BC)
         1. Divided Israel
         2. Times were good (for some)
         3. God’s justice (Am. 5:15)
     B. Amaziah condemns Amos (7:12)
     C. Amos’ motivation
         1. Not money (7:14; 2 Kings 2:3-5; 4:1, 38)
         2. God called me (7:15)
IV. Paul’s call (1 Cor. 9:16-17)
     A. Paul’s illumination (Acts 9:1-19; 22:6-21; 26:12-18)
     B. Why does Paul proclaim the gospel?
         1. “Obligation,” “commission” (9:16, 17)
         2. “Woe to me” (9:16)
V. What about us?
     A. All of us have an “obligation” and/or “commission”
     B. Find and follow your call
     C. “The Blues Brothers” (1980)
VI. Conclusion: Martin Luther King’s kitchen experience


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