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February 3, 2019

Sermon: Pray Like Jesus: To Decide

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 19:16-20; Luke 6:12-16

On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the Lord had descended upon it in fire; the smoke went up like the smoke of a kiln, while the whole mountain shook violently. As the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and God would answer him in thunder. When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the Lord summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles
Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Pray Like Jesus: To Decide
Exodus 19:16-20; Luke 6:12-16

I. Introduction: Beetle Bailey
II. Series: Pray Like Jesus
III. Jesus’ decision (Lk. 6:13-16)
     A. “He called his disciples” (6:13)
     B. He . . . chose twelve . . . apostles” (6:13)
IV. How does Jesus prepare? (Lk. 6:12; Ex. 19:16-20)
     A. “He went to the mountain to pray” (6:12)
     B. Mountains and God (19:16-20)
         1. The scene
         2. “Mount”/“mountain” (7 times in 5 verses)
         3. A place where heaven and earth meet
         4. Our expressions
     C. “He spent the night in prayer” (6:12)
V. Lessons
     A. If you’re having trouble deciding . . .
     B. Why pray before decisions?
         1. For guidance
         2. To lift us into the larger purpose of God
     C. Prayer changes us
VI. Conclusion: A Pastor Nominating Committee Report

 

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