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January 27, 2019

Sermon: Pray Like Jesus: To Repair

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Scripture Lesson

Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 5:12-16

The person who has the leprous disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head be dishevelled; and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, ‘I do choose. Be made clean.’ Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. ‘Go’, he said, ‘and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.’ But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Pray Like Jesus: To Repair
Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 5:12-16

I. Introduction: Curtis
II. Series: Pray Like Jesus
III. Leprosy (Lev. 13:45-46)
     A. A variety of skin conditions
     B. For safety
         1. Appear as mourner
             a. “Torn clothes” (13:45)
             b. “Hair . . . disheveled” (13:45)
             c. “Cover . . . upper lip” (13:45)
         2. “Cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean’” (13:45)
         3. “Live alone . . . outside the camp” (13:46)
     C. Divine punishment
     D. Result: broken community
IV. So when Jesus sees a leper (Lk. 5:12-16)
     A. The leper approaches Jesus (5:12)
     B. The leper begs Jesus (5:12)
     C. Jesus’ action (5:13)
     D. Jesus heals community
     E. Postscript (5:16)
         1. “Places” (5:16)
         2. God as the source of power
V. Application
     A. Heal community
     B. Reach out and touch
     C. God as the source of power
     D. What is our leprosy?
VI. Conclusion: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1938- )


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