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February 10, 2019

Sermon: Pray Like Jesus: To See

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Scripture Lesson

1 Samuel 16:1, 6-13; Luke 9:18-22

Samuel Anoints David
The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Pray Like Jesus: To See
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-13; Luke 9:18-22

I. Introduction: Curtis
II. Series: Pray Like Jesus
III. Samuel sees (1 Sam. 16:1, 6-13)
     A. The scene (16:1)
     B. Samuel prays
     C. Samuel sees as mortals see (16:7)
     D. Samuel sees as God sees (16:12)
IV. The disciples see in part (Lk. 9:18-22)
     A. The scene (9:18)
     B. “Who do the crowds say that I am?” (9:18; Mal. 4:5)
     C. “But who do you say that I am?” (9:20)
         1. “The Messiah/Christ of God” (9:20)
         2. How does Peter know this? (Matt. 16:17)
     D. What the disciples don’t see (9:22)
         1. First passion prediction
     2. Keep praying
V. Application
     A. What do we see?
     B. Pray to see with God’s eyes
     C. Keep praying
VI. Conclusion: Harper Lee (1926-2016)


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